Ask The Expert: A Doctor Speaks Against Circumcision

It began simply by reading the medical literature myself so I could more confidently explain the risks and benefits to parents. However, when I read the literature, I realized that the purported benefits simply didn’t make sense and the risks were not ethically acceptable.

Should Doulas Talk to Moms About Circumcision?

When I was pregnant with my first baby 8 years ago, my doula was a personal friend, someone whose children I frequently babysat, and a great source of information throughout my pregnancy. I remember the moment I told her I was having a boy. I had gone in for an ultrasound to determine the sex of my … Continue reading Should Doulas Talk to Moms About Circumcision?

The Circumcision Decision: My Regretful Heart

“To circumcise or not to circumcise?” That is the decision which parents of baby boys are faced with, often before their son is even born. The surgical removal of the foreskin from the penis is as routine in the United States as the standard pee-on-a-stick pregnancy test. Circumcision, like any other topic that involves parental … Continue reading The Circumcision Decision: My Regretful Heart

Case Against Circumcision

By Paul M. Fleiss Issue 85, Winter 1997 In one of our most-requested articles, Mothering explores why circumcision is hardly ever necessary, and how parents can empower themselves to avoid ceding to the “claims” of the billion-dollar-a-year circumcision industry. Western countries have no tradition of circumcision. In antiquity, the expansion of the Greek and Roman … Continue reading Case Against Circumcision

AAP and Circumcision: What’s a Parent to Think?

  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new policy statement on the medical circumcision of infants today. A multi-disciplinary work group was created in 2007 to update the AAP’s recommendation and their statement has long been anticipated.   The new policy claims that the benefits of infant circumcision outweigh the risks, but falls just … Continue reading AAP and Circumcision: What’s a Parent to Think?