Having a boy? One of the first decisions you’ll have to make on behalf of your newborn is whether or not to have him circumcised. It’s a highly personal choice that can take religious, ethical and cultural beliefs into consideration (and there’s no right or wrong answer). But in case you were curious about why some moms opted not to circumcise their sons, here are six anonymous stories from real women who didn’t make the cut.
(For what it’s worth, per the American Academy of Pediatrics, the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks but aren’t great enough to recommend the procedure for all babies.)
Because we didn’t have a good reason to do it
“We had our son overseas in the Netherlands. We had planned to get him circumcised after he was born, but a Dutch doctor asked us an important question that made us question our reasoning. ‘Why are you planning to circumcise your son?’ And to be honest, we had never really thought about why we were doing it! We are Episcopalian, so it wasn’t for religious reasons. I embarrassingly blurted to the doctor, ‘because that’s what they do in America!’ After a lot of research (and the scary thought of complications from surgery), we chose not to have him circumcised. If he wants to do it when he’s older, then that’s his choice.”
Because I don’t think it’s medically necessary
“I watched my first son go through the procedure and was totally traumatized. So, I actually decided against it for my second son. I’m a pediatrician and my view is that unless it’s medically indicated, then it’s not necessary.”