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It Was Almost As If They Brought A Different Child Back - Circumcision Trauma

A mother tells her son's circumcision story to intactivists protesting the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on April 29, 2014 at the McCormick Convention Center in Chicago, IL.

´╗┐Hi, I just wanted to tell my experience about when I had my son. I have one child, he's 11 years old now. He was five weeks early when he was born. He was 5 lbs, 12 oz, which is still kind of tiny for a baby.

The second day after he was born, the doctors came in like it was routine to them to do the circumcision. He left the room for a couple of hours, I can't remember exactly how long it was, but when they brought my son back, it was almost like as if they brought a different child back to the room. I mean, he looked the same so I knew it was my son, but his emotions, how he cried, he just had a very faint infant cry in the beginning after he came back from the circumcision he was, you know, screaming to the top of his lungs, he was in so much pain.

It just seemed like it was kind of a brutal experience. I don't even know If they put my son to sleep or if he was awake during the circumcision. It just seemed like, you know, very tormenting for him. He was only two days old, and you know, as a mom I feel like I had dome something wrong by getting him circumcised.

Even the way his penis looks afterward, from the time in the beginning when I had him, from the time that he came back, he actually has a syndrome called buried penis. What happened, I believe, through the pain of circumcision, his penis retracted, and it's actually retracted into his body. He could make it come out, but this is something even still, he's 11 year old, that he experiences. It wasn't like that before the circumcision. I do believe the circumcision had something to do with that.

I do remember the first time that I had to change his diaper when he came back from getting circumcised the nurse had to come in because he was just screaming to the top of his lungs. I had no idea what was wrong with him. I didn't know if he was hungry. I'm a new mom and it was very scary and frightening for me. The nurse came in and she's like, "Oh, he just needs his diaper changed," like as if it was nothing. But I was almost even scared to touch him, I was scared to clean the area, because it just seemed like it was just so, so painful for him. I just wanted to share my experience with circumcision.