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There are 20 comments on Get Trained: Preparing for Baby

  1. That’s great that BU is supporting new parents.

    Many new parents in the United States have to deal with a question that parents in other countries don’t: specifically, whether or not to force their child to be circumcised if he’s a boy. I hope that BU medical center will inform parents about the risks and harms of non-consensual circumcision. There are a lot of good resources on the internet that cover possible side effects (and reasons why no one in Europe, east Asia, or south America does it):
    http://www.circumcision.org/
    http://www.intactamerica.org/resources/decision

    Many for-profit hospitals encourage circumcision, while many non-profit hospitals have discouraged the practice for decades. Canada and England both used to engage in infant circumcision until they switched to single-payer healthcare, and then taxpayers decided they didn’t want to pay for an unnecessary cosmetic procedure.

    1. Ron,

      It is a fact that the health benefits of male circumcision are medically well established. It is not merely cosmetic any more than brushing your teeth or clipping your nails are merely cosmetic.

      http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/3/e756

      “Specific benefits from male circumcision were identified for the prevention of urinary tract infections, acquisition of HIV, transmission of some sexually transmitted infections, and penile cancer.”

      The American Academy of Pediatrics

      1. Penile cancer affects fewer than 1 in 1 million men, and (from Wikipedia on penile cancer:) “[the] American Cancer Society points to the rarity of the disease and notes that neither the American Academy of Pediatrics nor the Canadian Academy of Pediatrics recommend routine neonatal circumcision.”

        As for UTIs, women get those as well and it’s not a huge deal when properly treated, certainly not worth a pre-emptive amputation.

        Finally, for prevention of STDs and STIs such as HIV, nothing works as well as a condom. During the 1980s and 1990s when more than 80% of American men were circumcised, it did absolutely nothing to prevent the spread of HIV and other STDs. Condom use is the way to go, not surgery.

        1. Ron,

          Removing some skin is not amputation. And such infections can be very harmful. Even if they are not a “big deal” prevention is always better no?

          You are in error in saying that nothing works as well as a condom. In Africa, where AIDS is still an epidemic, condom centered policies have done little to reduce the spread of AIDS. In the African countries where circumcision and lifestyle modification (encouraged monogamy) is the primary focus AIDS has sharply declined.

          Compare Uganda with Kenya for example.

          Plus you are creating a false dilemma (either/or) in suggesting that a thin layer of latex verses the removal of some excess skin are the only choices.

          It is dramatic to call it surgery or amputation. But it is also silly.

          Do you also crusade against ear piercings?

          But do not take my word for it. Would you trust the WHO? http://www.who.int/hiv/topics/malecircumcision/en/

  2. What a wonderful program! Is there any discussion of extending the program to include students or establishing another specifically geared towards their circumstances?

    1. Thanks for this question, Amy. We can certainly look at planning another session that is geared towards students and their specific circumstances. I am not sure if students can register for these sessions, but you may want to contact HR to speak with someone about the Get Trained Series to see if it is also open to students.

  3. OK, one lactation room is better than none – but one, at 25 Buick Street? Let’s say you work at, I don’t know, CAS, and it’s time to pump:

    1) Pack up pump and leave the office – 5 minutes.
    2) Walk, T, or drive to 25 Buick Street. – 10-15 minutes
    3) Get in the room, plug in your pump, attach the tubes and bottles, start. 5-10 minutes
    4) Pump. 10-20 minutes
    5) Unplug, unattach, make sure the milk lids are on tightly, prep cold storage container, pack up. 10-15 minutes.
    6) Walk, T, or drive back to CAS. 10-15 minutes.

    Even at the most conservative estimate (and this is not exaggerated times, it’s just a long process) that’s 50 minutes away from the office for 10 minutes of pumping. Repeat in two to three hours and don’t forget to have that productivity conversation with your boss before you have to leave at 5 on the dot for daycare pickup.

    Sorry, BU – good effort but not good enough.

    1. This is a very valid point and something that is currently being explored for other locations on campus as well. We are excited about this first room and understand that more are needed.

      1. Thanks for all you are doing! According to this, there’s also a lactation room on the BU Medical Campus: http://www.bu.edu/sph/students/student-services/nursing-mothers/.

        I have also heard rumors about one opening in the School of Theology (STH) on the main campus, but I haven’t been able to verify it. If it does exist, or if it’s in the works, that would certainly be more convenient for someone at, say, CAS. Have you heard anything about this, Kristin?

          1. There is a nursing room in the basement of STH, just on the other side of Marsh Chapel from CAS. You get a key at the office on the 1st floor- and since it’s locked you won’t be walked in on! It’s in the hallway where the handicap accessible ramp enters the back of the building. If you go in that door in the back the nursing room is the first door on your left. You can ask for directions at the office!!

  4. Notice the complete lack of mention of paternity leave- which BU does not offer. The USA’s maternity leave policies are the worst in the developed world (http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2013/02/17/opinion/17coontz2-map.html). BU has a chance to ACTUALLY support families and parents by providing childcare, generous paid leave for birth or adoptive parents regardless of gender, and broader support of breastfeeding. I hope this is just a first step towards those improvements.

  5. This is wonderful news! I hope this is the first step of many towards implementing support for new parents at BU. I especially hope that these policies and programs get extended to graduate students as well.

  6. Why is this program limited to employees? BU has tons of grad students who would benefit from such a program. Just shows, again, how shortsighted this school is with support student-parents (or student parents-to-be). Harrumph.

  7. MJ – We are looking at offering another session of this program for students as well. This session is the pilot of the program, but we hope to offer it in the future separate from the Get Trained series so it can be accessed by students as well. Thank you for your feedback.

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