Posted by: hatzihatzi | March 4, 2012

We are performing a bris here, not a burlesque show. This is not a school play! This is not a baggy pants farce! This is a bris! An ancient ceremony, symbolizing the covenant between Abraham and God…or something

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/infant-death-maimonides-hospital-linked-circumcision-article-1.1032432

Long story short, a baby got herpes from a mohel. Herpes can be fatal to an infant. Yes, mohels (sometimes) use their mouth during a circumcision. I’m not an intactivist, I just want people to know what they are doing before they do it. Yes, this is a really, really, really slight risk. (Same deal with the baby in the DC suburb who had the tip of his penis cut off during a routine circumcision at a hospital recently. And, of course, David Reimer.) At least, just tell the mohel not to use his mouth.

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  1. Wow, this is…frightening.

  2. The majority of mohels are MD’s, most with active practices as their “day jobs.” The mohel that performed the ceremony with my son is a urologist. Go with a mohel that’s a doctor and I guarantee this nightmare will never happen to your family.

    • Citation needed in terms of “majority.” http://www.kveller.com/baby_and_toddler/Circumcision_/questions-for-mohel.shtml says “certain mohels”

      Or don’t have the mohel use his mouth? Or don’t get your kid circumcised? Or use a dental dam on the mohel’s mouth or a condom on your kid?

      In looking for something to support your claim, I learned about another kid who was amputated during a bris. How many kids will these horrific things happen to before we realize this shouldn’t be done?

  3. […] TV Show:The Drs CBSHeartbreaking: Consuela Smith Says Her One Year Old Got Herpes From DaycareWe are performing a bris here, not a burlesque show. This is not a school play! This is not a baggy …body { background: […]


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