**Update** OK I have enough opinions from many living in the UK or overseas that are for not circumcising. As I do appreciate the input and websites. I do know I usually only get 40 views a week on my blog, in the last 24 hours I have gotten over 450 views on just the circumsicion post. What I dont appreciate is that my Blog must have been posted on somesort of message board without my permission giving all of you the same opinion since I assume are all from the same non-circumcising board. Cultural practices are different for each country even varies from each city. I do not appreciate some of the rude comments or the curse words left in my comments and if anything it makes me completely feel biased against the way you feel. I TOTALLY do not appreciate ANYONE who chose to bash my husband or tell me he is wrong to feel that way or you telling me how he feels. That is wrong. We will raise our son the way we choose to do either circumicised or intact. It is our decision.
Ok last week at my birthing class we talked about it and watched a video. I am mortified about how they do it. I cant do it to my son, it makes me panic thinking about causing him pain like that.
Now the debate in my house is my husband wants it done 100%. He says a son should match his Dad but doesn't have much other then that idea. I had to argue with that because I asked him if him and his dad ever compared their penis at any point in his life. =) NO of course they haven't it that is not a good enough reason to me.
I asked my mother what she thought on the subject and she tells me you have to do it because he'll get an infection. I then asked her in 30 years of being a nurse has she seen or heard of any child or man having an infection from being uncircumcised. Her answer was NO.
I just cant do it. I cant have his arms and legs strapped down while they use 3 clamp tools to pull the skin up and use an exacto knife blade to cut away at him all while he screams his head off with no pain reliever and then give him stiches and send him home.
My husband argues that he doesn't remember it and he turned out fine. He is also not a child development major like me and know about the infants brain. Infants from birth and possible even before birth develop Somatic memory to events that frighten, scare or cause phsycological harm to them. They do remember it even if they cant recall why they are scared or have a feeling about a certain situation.
The only reason circumcision was first done was to prevent masturbation and it decreases stimulation during sex. Of course we know it does not decrease men from doing this so I say if my son chooses at any time in his life to become circumcised I will go with him where he can be put under anesthesia and have it done because it is his choice but I am not going to mutilate him just because its a cultural thing to do.
Until 1985 the medical field did not think Infants could feel pain but as they studied the stress/pain hormone in Infants did they discover that they could feel it. So why are we still preforming this procedure without local anesthetic or pain relievers.
I don't think any different to someone who has circumcised or someone who hasn't circumcised their child. It think its a personal choice your family has to make and what you choose is your best choice. We still don't have a decision in our home what is best, since we are opposites on it. I keep saying I wish I was having a girl then I wouldn't have to make this choice. Then theres all the questions I have can I be with my son while its done, can he have a pacifier to help sooth him during the procedure. In fact I know for sure I wont be there I will make my husband do it if we end up choosing to do it. But right now I cant even stomach the idea its horrible. If you don't believe me go to http://www.youtube.com/ and type in Circumcision and watch exactly what happens during the procedure =(
If you would like to leave a comment please do even if its anonymous I know we all have differences in opinions but this is just such a major decision right now.