Circumcision is not in line with Attachment Parenting. It interferes with birth bonding, breastfeeding, infant sleep, and belief in baby’s cries. It is painful, medically unnecessary and welcomes our newest citizens by violating a basic human right. This is an open letter to Dr. William and Martha Sears- the couple who coined the term, and promote the principles, of Attachment Parenting. We are asking them to Please Educate Parents about Circumcision.
We are writing to you today as a unified community requesting that you add an 8th principle to your “Baby B’s”. “Be Confident Keeping your Baby Whole” should be added to your list of Attachment Parenting principles. Not only is circumcision medically unnecessary, painful and irreversible, it is not in line with Attachment Parenting.
Circumcision interferes with 4 of the 7 “Baby B’s”:
- Birth bonding (baby is taken from his mothers arms to have a painful procedure done)
- Belief in baby’s cries (if we believe baby’s cries, we will stop circumcision)
- Infant Sleep
What we are asking of you requires that you stand against many medical doctors, and that you make a statement that opposes a recent decision by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It would be an unpopular decision and some might be angry with you. We know.
Children’s rights advocates have made great strides in reducing the number of circumcisions performed in the US –more than 45% of families are now keeping their sons whole, circumcision rates are falling in Canada, and we need one final push. We have laid the ground work and set the stage. Now we need both of you.
Many of those who are endorsing this letter have practiced attachment parenting, and wish they had learned the truth about circumcision before it was too late. Ending the forced circumcision of infants will bring about deep social change. Join us in taking the final step to educate people so that our newest citizens have a safe and nurturing welcome to the world.
Please add the 8th Baby B: “Be Confident Keeping your Baby Whole” to your Attachment Parenting Principles. Do this so that mothers do not have to feel the pain that I feel, and so that babies are not subject to an unnecessary, painful cosmetic procedure. This “welcome” to the world is not in line with Attachment Parenting, and violates a most basic human right. It is time that we let our country know.
This request is written in partnership with The WHOLE Network and is endorsed by Marilyn Milos, Founder and Director of NOCIRC (National Organization of Circumcision Infant Resource Centers),as well as by DOC (Doctors Opposing Circumcision), Intact America, Genital Autonomy- USA and Kira Antinuk of CHHRP (Children’s Health & Human Rights Partnership).
We have created a petition which holds the signatures of many concerned parents so that you understand how many people will support you.
Signed with warmth and Gratitude,
Jennifer Andersen Lauren Jenks
Founder, Our Muddy Boots Founder, The Whole Network
Larissa Black Sarah Kesslers Aubrey Bryk
Director, The Whole Network Director, The Whole Network Director, The Whole Network
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