During the last half of my pregnancy, I learned that it's not medically necessary to circumcize and for the first time, I considered not having it done. I knew nothing about "natural family living" back then. I gave birth with an OB in a hospital, had an epidural, and then a c-section after 15 hours of labor and 1 hour of pushing, I didn't breastfeed because I needed to be on medications that I'd been off of the entire pregnancy, and we used disposable diapers. We were about as mainstream as you can get.
So the reason I was considering not having my son circumcized wasn't because I was open to other non-mainstream things. It was because I didn't want him to be hurt physically. If birth is stressful for a baby, imagine having a very sensitive organ cut on soon after birth, I thought. What if he had a reaction to the local numbing agent? What if something went wrong and his penis got infected? They don't give babies pain medication, so what if he was in pain with the raw wound for days after birth? I began to feel that if it isn't medically necessary, why put my baby through all that. Just because "everyone else is doing it"?
Since we were so "average" with all our other choices, I did worry that he would be made fun of as he got older. I didn't know then that there was a huge trend occuring where more and more male babies weren't getting circumcized. I think our generation is much more educated and open to doing things differently than the generations before us, and that's why more natural methods of birth, parenting, and living are becoming more popular. Back "in the old days" people nursed and used cloth diapers because it's all that was available. Our generation does it because we've researched it and made conscious choices to do what's better for our babies.
My husband was very against the idea of being different from other mainstream parents. He didn't want our son to stand out or be thought of as weird. He knew that there was some religious significance to circumcision too, but he didn't know the specifics about it. He just knew that he didn't want to consider doing anything different from what other people do, from what his parents did. He is very conventional and it's hard for him to consider new ways of doing things.
My desire to not have our son circumcized was even greater after he was born. I felt protective and didn't want our son to have to go through the pain involved. My husband stood firm for circumcision. In the end, I caved to my husband's wishes and tearfully let him take our son away to be circumcized.
It turns out I didn't need to be worried about a reaction to a local numbing agent because our doctor didn't use a numbing agent! So that super sensitive area was cut away without anything for the pain. I looked at the wound afterwards and his penis was really swollen with some seeping blood. I knew it had to sting when he peed. It took about a week for the wound to heal, with us having to put Vaseline and gauze around it after every diaper change. We're fortunate that there was no infection from poop getting on the wound from a liquidy poop "blow out".
I love my husband, but I resented him for making our son have to go through that. I resented him for being able to take our son out of our hospital room and to the doctor who would hurt him. All in order to not be different from other people.
This is my experience and if I had it to do over again, I would have insisted on no circumcision. If it bothered our son to not be circumcized, he could have chosen to be circumsized as he got older.
I think the most important thing is to make conscious choices.