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    Default Variations in Aust. circ rate

    I think variation is in part due to doctors who set up clinics that specialise in infant circs and advertise their services. This would be true of Russell in Brisbane. The circ rate I'm sure is higher because of his promotion.

    However, Russell has lied about the rate of circ in Brisbane, claiming it be 50%. I suspect lots of his clients come from outside the metro. area. Stats. for 2010 put the rate at about 16% for Qld. I lived in Brisbane for several years and very few people I know circed their children. The people I mixed with tended to be middle and high income families. A midwife who worked in a private hospital in Brisbane's wealthy western suburbs, where circ was available, told me it was rare for parents to circ.

    I think it is entirely plausible that people who live in conservative rural communities, and the less well educated, are more likely to go with what they perceive to be the cultural norm,ie to circ. Granted, some people research and conclude there are advantages with circing, but most do it because that's what happens in their families and amongst their friends.

    What is certain is that NSW has the highest circ rates in Australia. The large muslim population in the western suburbs contribute to this, but I have read in forums that most boys in the Newcastle area are circed. Wouldn't mind betting there are specialised clinics in the area promoting infant circ.

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    Thanks Goldtoe, I wrote my thread without seeing yours. What I have written seems consistent with your research.

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    This is really interesting to read! Thanks. A little off the research though - from what I have seen and learnt through friends and other mums is that the main choice to circumcise comes from family history (eg whether or not dad has been circed, views and pressures from other family members etc.)
    Has anyone else noticed this? I know I haven't done any research about this but it's just what I've seen within my circle of friends.

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    I am aware of that argument about baby boys being circumcised so they look like their dads. TBH I find that the most ridiculous argument - my two girls look completely different to each other (one looks like me and the oth takes after DH's side). Should I let my daughter who is long and lean and unlikely to be big busted like her mother have a book job so she looks more like me? Or dye her hair? These are ridiculous but ok arguments in support of circumcision.

    I also am not sure what comfort it will be for a teenage boy who has been circumcised at he looks like his dad when most or none of his friends have had it done.

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    I do not support elective circumcision of boys and I also find that reason for circumcision quite ridiculous myself.
    I have just found that when discussing the issue with people I know, that is the most common reason for having their sons circumcised.

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    bec I didn't think you were supporting it I was just responding to your post

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    I couldn't care less what the statistics are. We believe in the procedure and ensured our boys were done and that's all that matters to us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    I couldn't care less what the statistics are. We believe in the procedure and ensured our boys were done and that's all that matters to us.
    If you 'dont care' about the stats why read this thread??

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    You know, I still don't understand this elective thing. My son was born 7 days before my friend's little boy (December 2009).
    She was asked by the OB who delivered her son, if she wanted a circumcision or not. There was no medical reason for it. It was just a complete random question. My OB never asked me this question.
    Anyway, she had her son circumcised by that doctor in our public hospital and I obviously did not have my son circumcised. See, where I was raised, elective circumcisions are against the law, so the thought of circumcising my son never even crossed my mind. Not until she saw me a few weeks later and asked if I had DS circumcised as well.

    I have to say I was quite surprised she had it done and that it was done in our public hospital. The reason was: Her husband had his done as a kid and he wants his son to be the same. Plus she started talking about the risk of catching an STI/STD which is when I zoned out as I don't like wasting my time listening to nonsense.
    The moral of this story is; some doctors still perform elective circumcisions in public hospitals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misschief View Post
    The moral of this story is; some doctors still perform elective circumcisions in public hospitals.
    Are you in Queensland? I thought all other states had banned it in public hospitals. Or are private patients not affected?


 

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