If you or your loved one has found yourself subjected to the malpractice that is forced retraction, you may request that an information pack be sent to the retracting clinician here. Packs are sent by medical professionals in health care who volunteer time with The Intact Network and Saving Our Sons, and cost approximately $4 in printed materials and shipping. You may include a note with your donation toward this cost, or email IntactWellness@gmail.com with details of what occurred. Please be sure to include the retracting physician or nurse's name, practice, and mailing address, whenever available.
If you are sending materials to a physician before your baby's birth, or before you begin to see a new doctor, to ensure they have proper intact care items on hand, please note this. A peer-to-peer physician pack of this nature - to ensure a doctor has up to date pediatric literature ahead of time - is slightly different from instances of forced retraction.
If you are unable to cover the $4 cost of a physicians pack, please email IntactWellness@gmail.com with your request. If you are an individual able to help fellow families cover requests, please do so via the address below, or at PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=R6TH3LY62QP7L Our goal is to correspond directly with all physicians and nursing staff who are known to be forcibly retracting their young clients, as well as get prevention materials into clinicians' hands. However, we operate exclusively by volunteers and donation, and requests regularly exceed funding.
In the past we have received a number of responses from physicians and nursing staff, thanking us for this material, for its respectful delivery, and including notations that a change in their practice has been made. Often, retraction is occurring simply because this is what was taught in medical or nursing school, or because a health care professional picked up the practice from someone they were apprenticing under. It is typically a problem of training, not willful damage.
Items in the clinician's packs include:
1) A cover letter encouraging the physician to review current protocol for the sake of his/her patients, and a note about the retraction epidemic. This letter is specific according to each individual case (retraction or prevention).
2) The current American Academy of Pediatrics, Royal Children's Hospital (Australia), Canadian Paediatric Society, and Paediatric Society of New Zealand's statements on intact care.
3) Citations to practicing physicians' work - those who have composed further articles on the subject matter.
4) An oversized intact care card with bullet points for review.
5) An oversized medical organizations statement card with circumcision positions from around the world.
6) Functions of the foreskin, and reasons that fellow clinicians encourage their peers to not participate in forced retraction or non-consentual genital cutting of minors.
7) An invitation to join fellow clinicians at Medical Professionals for Genital Autonomy.
All of these items are those that parents can obtain online or compose as well. If you are writing your own letter and would like to include the cards listed above, they are available for $3 in the "Hospital Stay" pack at Etsy.
• AAP statement on intact care: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/bathing-skin-care/Pages/Care-for-an-Uncircumcised-Penis.aspx
• RCH statement on intact care: http://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Penis_and_foreskin_care
• CPS statement on intact care: http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/circumcision
• PSNZ statement on intact care: http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/foreskin-care
The AAP, RCH and CPS statements are also currently linked at SOS here: https://www.facebook.com/SavingOurSons/photos/a.1010719722280482.1073741845.166998263319303/998172123535242
By mail to:
Saving Our Sons
P.O. Box 1302
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Forced Retraction? What to do now:
Do NOT Circumcise / Do NOT Retract
Baby sized leg bands - $5 (includes US shipping)
These are soft, recycled silicone and stretchy - will fit a baby's leg throughout his first few years of life (thigh, calf, ankle depending on baby's size). They are *not* meant to be left on a baby when not being cared for/watched.
Baby bands are primarily designed for hospital and clinical visits.
Each baby band comes with intact care cards, stickers, and pediatric care statements.