I just wanted to weigh in on the circumcision issue, as it relates to natural family living/attachment parenting.
Obviously, there's nothing 'natural' about restraining a newborn and forcibly tearing his perfectly normal and healthy foreskin from his glans before it's slit, clamped, crushed, and excised. Circumcision is invasive; it's cosmetic surgery performed upon the genitals of a non-consenting minor.
Regarding attachment parenting, to me that means being responsive to my child's needs in a gentle, loving, respectful way. It means breastfeeding, babywearing, not letting him cio. It means more human connection, bonding, skin-to-skin contact, touch, and snuggling.
No medical organization in the world recommends routine infant circumcision. It's painful, unnecessary, and traumatic. It has the potential to interfere with bonding and breastfeeding. It *reduces* an infant's genitals, removing what would become 15 square inches of errogenous tissue, containing 3-4 feet of blood vessels, 240 feet of nerves, and 10,000-20,000 specialized nerve endings. The number one reason it's done? Like father, like son. And, misguided fears about locker-room teasing. (Nationwide, as of 2003, 55% percent of American boys left the hospital intact.)
A really facinating Dutch documentary anyone who's interested can watch online for free is, "Mother, why was I circumcised?" Some of it is in English, some has subtitles...but it's free, and about 30 minutes long.http://asp.noterik.com/video/michael/CIRCUMCISION.mov
Another excellent resource that explains the functions of the foreskin better than any other website/presentation I've ever seen:
(WMP, Download-use “save link as”):http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcisi...TSC_256k_D.wmv
Anyway, just my thoughts (sprinkled with a few, education links). For myself, my son's genital integrity was more important than superficial concerns about matching dad or cultural conformity. He was born healthy, normal, and perfect...he didn't need any alterations, so we left him alone and loved him just as he was.
PS. If anyone's interested in learning/discussing more, you're welcome to join us in the Case Against Circumcision forum.