Monday, September 27, 2010

The Great Debate- Circumcision

To cut or not to cut.... that is the question.
When we found out we were having a boy the first thing I asked my husband was "Should we circumcise him?" My husband was actually against it at first. He said he wished he hadn't been and he didn't want to do it to his son. I was actually for it. I said even if there is no medical reason it will look more 'normal'. We discussed and discussed. We didn't know who to talk to though because all our friends and family had had girls. We were alone.
So I did research. I found out that not only is there no medical reason in today's day and age but that the numbers of baby boys getting it done have fallen from 80% in the 70's to 60% in 2000 to 32% today. So actually what is more 'normal' is NOT having it done.
After our son was born we were still wavering. However in NY hospitals you are required to watch a video on the procedure before making the final decision. By the end of the video my husband and I were both sobbing and holding our newborn son. There was no way we would ever put him through that.
The decision is one every parent of a boy must make but in my opinion based on the advice of medical professionals and research that is is medically not needed, no longer the 'norm', and a brutal and sadistic procedure that alters the way your baby was created naturally. I often wonder what people would say if someone suggested that baby girls have there clitoris removed at birth... because in a way that is what you are doing to your son, removing a sensitive part of his penis and altering the way he will look for the rest of his life.
Our son is not circumcised and neither is my nephew and my cousin who is expecting a boy in February is also leaning towards not. In fact I don't think any of the baby boys I  know are circumcised. In my oppinion the trend towards not circumcising is a big step in the right direction.

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