Circumcision is a very heated topic these days. Many couples have religious, cultural or health reasons as the foundation of their belief either for or against. Quick Facts:
  • Babies feel as much, or more, pain than adults
  • Circumcision hinders a baby boy's ability to trust and to feel loved
  • Half of all North American boys are NOT circumcised, and their number is rapidly increasing
  • Canada has ceased infant circumcision coverage in its national health plan
  • About 7/8ths of the world's men are not circumcised
  • No medical association recommends infant circumcision, and some caution against it, including the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Circumcision interferes with breastfeeding and adversely affects the mother/child bond
  • Every year, about 100 boys die as a consequence of being circumcised, through infection, shock, or blood loss
  • Private insurance companies are dropping coverage for circumcision. Medicaid no longer covers circumcision in Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, and Washington
  • Circumcision trauma is associated with permanent changes to the brain
  • Male and female sexual sensation is reduced by circumcision
  • Circumcised men are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction
Below are reference sites and articles to aid you in making an informed decision.
Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) Neonatal circumcision revisited
This site is extremely non-biased. The information is presented in a clear, factual manner that should not offend anyone, whether you support or oppose circumcision.
The Committed Parent
The Cost of the Cut: Reflections on Infant Circumcision August 22, 2009 by Mark Brady
CIRP: Circumcision Information and Resources Pages
This site is highly technical, but still easy to navigate. It is a consumer site and includes discussion by parents and reader feedback.
CIRP: What Happens During Circumcision?
A video clip showing the procedure. This is graphic.
NOCIRC: National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers
NOCIRC was founded by Marilyn Milos, a California nurse. The information on this site is very anti-circumcision, but well supported and well researched. She is available for consultation by phone and e-mail.