FAQs Circumcision

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Jun 5, 2010


FAQs Circumcision

Frequently asked questions Circumcision Mohel

Frequently asked questions Circumcision MohelPREGNANCY

Q: Frequently asked questions Circumcision Mohel during the pregnancy, the doctors or hospital have mentioned only a possibility at this stage of a medical problem possibly affecting the baby such as kidney or heart. Will this affect the circumcision?
A: Please obtain all the medical information from the pregnancy doctors, Dr Harris will be happy to discuss this with you, and if indicated with your doctors at your request.


Q: After delivery, when should I make contact to book the circumcision, since several health professionals have suggested delaying the procedure, after which time they have also told me it will then be too late?
A: After delivery, suggest you contact Dr Harris.


Q: The baby was born and the midwife and/or the doctor have mentioned jaundice, but they are not concerned with the baby who is well since the degree of jaundice or blood level is “below the medical line” and needs no specific treatment like ultraviolet light?
A: Baby being jaundiced (yellow colour) appearing on the third day is very common, called physiological jaundice which generally clears spontaneously by 14 days in full term baby. However if the jaundice level is high with a high bilirubin blood test, or the jaundice is prolonged in time, then this may require investigation and treatment. Please obtain all the medical information including any blood test results, and then Dr Harris will be happy to discuss this with you. The procedure is not performed while the baby is jaundiced, or there is any health problem.


Q: What is the preparation before the procedure? Please advise regarding bath, feeding and dress?
A: Dr Harris will give you instructions and be happy to discuss this with you.


Q: What are the instructions after the procedure? Please advise regarding baby position for sleeping and for winding?
A: Dr Harris will give you instructions and be happy to discuss this with you.


Q: After the procedure what is the normal course of the healing process?
A: Dr Harris will give you instructions and be happy to discuss this with you.


Q: Why can the breast feeding Mother not take aspirin or certain drugs, but may be advised to take paracetamol?
A: Certain drugs taken by the Mother pass through her body and appear in the breast milk. Breast feeding will then pass these drugs taken by the Mother, into the baby. Aspirin taken by the breast feeding Mother may appear in the milk and be passed on to the baby. Care is always needed in advising all drugs including the breast feeding mother.


Q: Can the Bris take place on Shabbos, Yom Tov or Yom Kippur?
A: Yes, if it is the eighth day, not born by caesarean, and the baby is well. Yes I have performed a Bris on these days.

A family where the Bris took place on Shabbos being the eighth day wrote:

Dear Dr. Harris,
We wish to express our sincerest thanks and appreciation to you for performing a  Bris to our baby, this past Shabbos.

Your expertise as a practicing doctor certainly put us at ease. We were very impressed with the way each step of the procedure was clearly explained. You also patiently answered all our questions. As well as that, you came on your own accord to check the baby several times. Above all, everything was done with a smile and in a pleasant manner.

On behalf of our baby, we feel confident that you were the right person in entering him to the Jewish path of life.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Shaul and Gila

(We can be contacted at any time through Dr. Harris.)

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Q: What is “hypospadias” of the baby mentioned by the hospital, doctor or midwife?
A: Hypospadias is a common occurrence where the urethra (urine opening) development appears in a slightly different position. In general, if the hypospadias is mild, with the opening of the urethra just a little down from normal and with no bending of the penis, then no treatment may be needed. In general when treatment is indicated, repair operation is performed when aged one year, with Bris combined under the same procedure. Dr Harris will be happy to discuss this with you.

A Family with hypospadias son wrote to Dr Harris:
Our son was born with hypospadias. As Orthodox Jews we were keen to have a Bris but we were told to wait until the hypospadias repair operation. For over a year Dr Harris kept in touch with us, and advised us about the urologists and the operations involved. Dr Harris is the only Mohel who is also an honorary consultant surgeon, so our son had a proper Orthodox Bris under his one operation. Dr Harris also came to the ward afterwards to do the naming ceremony, and at all times was caring and discreet- which is particularly important for confidentiality assured in a small community. We would highly recommend Dr Harris for his warmth and understanding, and also because our son had a proper Bris with Dr Harris which would have been impossible otherwise.

The Family

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