If you have an unborn baby, think about your circumcision decision now. It isn't a trivial procedure, but as routinely as it is done, it may seem that way. It does have it's consequences and possible complications, and causes extreme pain.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has reversed it's stance on this medical procedure, please click here to see the following CNN article, entitled, Pediatricians turn away from circumcision, dated March 1, 1999.
Your baby boy depends solely on you to make decisions in his best interest. He knows not of our culture's or his family religious view about his foreskin. Even if he would choose to be circumcised, it would be respectful to wait and let him make his own fully informed decision later. Please don't inflict an elective medical procedure on your baby (often without anesthesia) that you wouldn't be willing to undergo yourself!
"My son is intact, now what?"
The foreskin will naturally retract over the course of life...maybe in later childhood, maybe in puberty, or maybe even later. Respecting your son to retract it himself without any pressure from anyone allows it to happen when it, and he, is ready.
Many health care practitioners are unfamiliar with this
commonsense, simple approach to caring for the intact penis, and have invented
a whole host of "conditions" that require removal or forceful retraction
of the foreskin from the glans. There is an excellent article in
Mothering Magazine by Paul Fleiss, MD about care for the uncircumcised
penis, and reasons many doctors give for wanting to circumcise or otherwise
interfere with it. Please go see,
Protect Your Uncircumcised Son: Expert Medical Advice for Parents
The Case Against Circumcision Mothering issue 85, Winter 1997 By Paul M. Fleiss
Circumcision resources recent research, function of the foreskin, comments from health care workers, religious beliefs, symbolic bris ceremonies, and more.
and Resource Pages (CIRP) mechanics of the procedure,
cultural and religious issues, rationales for routine circumcision, foreskin
restoration, female circumcision, more.
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