Real Moms Explain Their Circumcision Decisions
Why I Didn't Circumcise My Son
I decided not to have my son circumcised when he was born. While you will hear arguments for and against circumcision, and there are numerous statistics on the topic, what really affected my decision as a first-time mother was the fact that I would be giving permission to have my newborn baby cut. This decision was permanent; I couldn't change my mind later. It just kept floating through my head: Why would I take this risk with my child, when he is perfectly fine the way he is? If he wants a circumcision later in life, fine. The choice is his.
-- Becky Stegmaier; Chattanooga, Tennessee
Why I Circumcised My Son
My husband and I decided to circumcise our son for a multitude of reasons. For starters, we thought it was important that he look like -- and be able to identify with -- his father, who is also circumcised. But more than that, I read some articles and talked to several pediatricians about the health benefits. After learning that circumcision would lower his risk of UTIs and help protect him from STDs and cancer, it was an easy decision to make.
-- Stephanie Richards; Portland, Oregon
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