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  9/7/2012, Elul 20, 5772

Doctors to Campaign Against Metzitza B'peh


The Igud Harofim doctor's union said, this week, that it will distribute papers in maternity wards advising against the practice of "Metzitza B'Peh" in which a mohel sucks the blood from the circumcision wound after brit mila in some communities, according to a report by the Yediot Acharonot daily. The doctors are concerned about exposing the babies to herpes.

The announcement followed the refusal of Deputy Health Minister Ya'akov Litzman to publish such a warning. The Health Ministry responded by saying the Religious Affairs Office's committee on the supervision of mohels offers parents a guideline before brit mila where metzitza is practiced that if they object to direct placement of the mohel's mouth on the baby's penis, the blood can be sucked through a glass tube approved by the rabbinate. The ministry also said that it has a representative physician on the committee who examines all complaints on the matter.