To Circumcise or Not To Circumcise…
I’m going to have a baby boy in about three months, and my husband and I are trying to figure out what to do about the circumcision question. When our first son was born five years ago, we went ahead and had it done. I had ambivalent feelings and didn’t feel very good about it, but my husband had stronger feelings that we should do it, so I washed my hands of it and let it happen.
But in the last few years, my ambivalent feelings have become less ambivalent. I understand that there are medical experts who find that there are hygiene/health benefits for the procedure, and I wouldn’t judge parents who decide to go that route (after all, I am one of those parents), but I also am convinced by medical experts that talk about circumcision primarily being a cultural phenomenon and a cosmetic choice, and that the hygiene/health aspect isn’t a big enough factor to recommend the practice. And when I think of it like that, it’s harder for me to justify cutting this skin off my baby and subjecting him to unnecessary pain.
I’d love to hear your stories of circumcision. How did you decide to do it or not do it? Do you think it was the right choice?And if you haven’t had a son, would you do it and why? I know this can be a loaded issue, so please be sensitive towards others and their various decisions.