One Baby’s Experience

SET 12-13

The following pictures were taken from a slide series depicting a routine circumcision of a newborn infant within a typical hospital nursery setting. These pictures were originally published in the December 1981 issue of The Saturday Evening Post and were provided by The Curtis Publishing Company (subsidiary of The Saturday Evening Post). The accompanying text was written by Rosemary Romberg.

Photo 12
12. This is another close up shot as the dorsal slit procedure continues.

Photo 1313. The operation continues as the baby continues to cry. Most babies are not anesthetized for circumcision (although anesthesia is usually administered for more serious, necessary operations performed on infants.)

Some practitioners do give the baby a local anesthetic for circumcision, although its use is tricky and its effectiveness questionable. Most babies scream and cry when they are circumcised. However, a few babies go into a semi-coma state of shock for which the trauma is too intense to cry out.

Adults have sometimes mis-interpreted the lack of crying in these instances as indication that circumcision is not painful for a baby.


Photo Sequence: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7, 8-9, 10, 11, 12-13, 14-16, 17, 18-19, 20

For permission to reproduce any or all of these pictures or text please contact:

The Saturday Evening Post
c/o The Curtis Publishing Co.
1100 Waterway Blvd.Indianapolis, IN. 46202
(317) 633-8841
Rosemary Romberg
13020 Sues Way
Anchorage, AK. 99516
(907) 345-4813
Contact Rosemary

Entries and comments feeds.

%d bloggers like this: