Whether you're expecting a baby boy or have just welcomed your new little guy into the world, you have an important decision to make before you take your son home: whether to circumcise him. For some families, the choice is simple because it's based on cultural or religious beliefs. But for others, the right option isn't as clear. Before you make a circumcision decision, it's important to talk to your doctor and consider some of the issues. Boys are born with a hood of skin, called the foreskin, covering the head also called the glans of the penis.
Evidence and Ethics on: Circumcision - Evidence Based Birth®
If you have a delicate question about your newborn's body, we've probably got the answer here. Infant penis is not necessarily a term that a new mom wants to search on the Web -- or that she'd want another person finding in her search history. But our knowledge about "down there" is often as fuzzy as an ultrasound screen image, and once we're in the daily routine of changing diapers, having a clear view doesn't always equal having a clear understanding of what's going on. Discussing your baby's privates with your pediatrician can be uncomfortable, but try not to be shy. Everett, M. Doctors have heard it all.
Most American boys are circumcised as a matter of course. Now, many of them feel violated. Should the practice be banned?