You might be surprised to learn how lucrative infant circumcision in America is for the doctors, hospitals, clinics, and vendors who take part. Believe it or not, there is big money to be made in the business of circumcision. When money is involved, it becomes more important to question the motives of the one who stands to profit.
In less than 30 seconds, a nurse can immobilize the struggling infant securely in the correct position with Circumstraint. The immobilizer works on a proven principle of positive 4-point restraint. Soft wide Velcro straps encircle the infant's elbows and knees, depriving him/her of leverage. The child is held safely and securely without danger of escape. Circumstraint's comfortable contoured shape positions the infant, hips elevated, perfectly presenting the genitalia. The platform between the infant's legs provides support for a circumcision clamp. Without pins, towels, plastic shells or the threat of strangulation, Circumstraint snugly and securely immobilizes the infant with their entire torso visible.”
Sounds great, right? And when the straps wear out from having restrained hundreds of thrashing newborns, eBay has replacements on sale for $23.95 plus shipping.
There are plenty of other tools these clinics and hospitals have to pay for. The Gomco clamp, a popular tool for circumcision, runs about $150 plus shipping (marked down from $210). Of course, you have to buy two different sized clamps if you intend to circumcise both newborns and older children.
The Mogen clamp is a little more high-end, coming in around $400 apiece. I can’t tell the difference between the Moore Medical Mogen Clamp and the Skylar Mogen Clamp except that the Skylar Mogen Circumcision Clamp is more expensive: $543.44. Thank goodness both of these clamps can be used multiples times - otherwise it might really cut into profits!
How about instead, you take the $705 and put it in the stock market for your son. That way, if in 18 years he decides that his natural body is "icky," he can use that money to get circumcised. Or to buy a car. I bet he'll choose the car.