Not normally a topic I’m really talking about so publicly but I really thought this was interesting.. and yes it made me smile.
Disclaimers. Yes I pluralized it… because there’s several points I want to stand clear:
- As always this is my opinion. If you have a different one that’s fine, I’m not bashing you… (repeat not bashing you). Well unless you’re ok with the female form of this in which case that pisses me off and I will go off on anyone who voices that particular opinion. Not that I expect that to happen, but just so ya know lol. I do have a line on the whole tolerance thing…
- Another thing I’m not going to tolerate is anyone bashing either side in the comments section. We’ve got people on both sides of the fence in this family and as much as I disagree with the other I won’t put up with him being attacked anymore than myself.
- Comments, as always, are fine.. just keep in mind this is a sensitive topic and keep it to the article… well, opinions on the subject are fine too just be polite. I don’t doubt that anyone who normally comments would be, but… unfortunately we all know there’s always a chance and I’m not gonna be blindsided by that here. I do have moderation on new commentors and will take advantage of it if needed.
- I know the new stats that came out do not affect me or my situation in any way. Yes I am technically an Intactivist. I didn’t realize it for awhile, although I was of sorts for a good while before (ie the whole girl thing has always bothered me, more so after going to Africa). Having a son and doing more research has finished that off for me… Beyond that I don’t really want to get into that all in a (public) post, but the gist of that is: Baby born too big, no one would touch him = Mama doing a happy dance. They will do it at 6 months = Mama doing a sad dance (w/ lots of hugging my poor baby and dreading the day it comes). So yeah this doesn’t affect me at all.
- And (I guess this should be bolded) I’m not expecting to change anyone’s mind on the subject either. There’s only one person I wish I could, and that’s not happening.. esp not by this. Honestly I’m half hoping he doesn’t read this at all… but he knows I’m posting it so that prob isn’t likely. Like I said though, I thought this was interesting.
But anyways, all that being said… The circ rates have dropped here in the US. Drastically dropped. Down to 33%.
This is where the interesting part comes in. This is the only Non-Intactivist site that I’ve been able to find that had the information. Or rather, the only one I wouldn’t have to pay for… and even this one you have to pay to see the rest of the article. Just glad it showed the basics. The CDC showed a schedule of Dr. Charbel El Bcheraoui (the one who did the study) speaking where it was referenced, but nothing beyond that. I really wanted a “non-biased” source… glad I at least found this one. Still interesting that the others are ignoring this… or at least not reporting it so far.To be fair its probably just that they haven’t reported it yet. Its still pretty new information.
And on the topic of non-biased… This doctor seems to be pro-circ, works w/ the CDC, and says that risks are “extremely low”. So coming from a pro-circ doctor, I’m figuring the numbers wouldn’t be swayed towards our side. Wouldn’t make any sense.
Note: The 33% is nation wide.. its higher in some areas, lower in others. TX is exactly what I thought it was… 50%. No big surprise there. Unfortunately that link above cuts off before all that if you haven’t paid so you can’t see that part. The Examiner – Houston, an AP site, does have more info along with a colour coded map. There are a few other places that have that info too, but figured this one would be best here.
Edit: I misread a chart. Oops. TX is 25% or so. Glad someone pointed that out.. So they’ve dropped a little here too.
So it is steadily dropping (or more than steadily, this last one was a big jump). I have seen some interesting theories as to why too. Honestly – as much as I’d like to think the one about more people getting better info on why its not needed, the risks, etc… I’m guessing it has more to do with the other ones I’ve seen. In some places Medicaid no longer covers it (stopped when the AAP said it wasn’t necessary), some other insurances don’t either. Money can be a big factor. Immigrants were listed as another… higher numbers of ones from areas that traditionally don’t. I don’t know if that’s true or not (the part about more of them coming here) but it would make sense. And a few states didn’t submit info because they stopped recording it when the AAP put out their last statement.
And that is probably my one and only post on the subject… Well, until Zavier’s time gets closer and then you might possibly see me freaking out or venting. Can’t promise I won’t lol. Trying not to think about it now though so other than something big like this news was, this is it for this sub. Of course if you want more info on it, I do have links above in the links section. Have for awhile.