choosing a pediatrician
Intact-Friendly Doctors List
Before choosing a pediatrician for your son, you may want to see if you can find a doctor in your area that is on our foreskin friendly list:
Join Your State Chapter of YWB
Join your state's YWB Facebook group to communicate with other parents of intact boys in your area. They will most likely be the best source for telling you which doctors you should or should not trust.
If you can't find a doctor in your area on these lists, or through a recommendation, you may have to put a little extra time into finding the right fit your son. We recommend calling and asking to speak to the pediatrician on the phone. If the receptionist asks why, tell her you believe you want Dr. __________ to be your son's pediatrician, but you have a few questions about circumcision you want to ask her/him first. A few simple questions will give you a good idea of where the pediatrician stands on the issue and how educated she/he is on intact care:
Q: How do you feel about circumcision?
Great response: It's a cosmetic surgery and not necessary. I don't recommend it. If you're not sure, don't do it.
Acceptable response: It's not medically necessary, but is a choice for each parent to make.
Not going to be a good fit: It should be done at birth because the baby won't feel it. It's cleaner. It's healthier.
Q: If we decide to keep our son intact, how will we keep his penis clean?
Great response: There's no need to retract. Just clean what you can see. If he has a messy poop give him a warm bath.
Acceptable response: I am not all that knowledgeable on intact care, but I'm open to researching and learning.
Not going to be a good fit: You should retract the foreskin to clean.