by Certified Midwife Elizabeth Aviles
At Baby Catcher, PLLC, we believe in providing comprehensive care that respects the diversity of choices made by our clients and their families. One such decision that often comes up is whether to opt for circumcision. My goal is to provide you with a comprehensive understanding to aid in making an informed choice that aligns with your values and beliefs. Circumcision: The Pros and Cons aims to highlight the benefits and potential drawbacks associated with this age-old practice.
Understanding Circumcision: What is it and How is it Performed?
Circumcision is typically performed during the first few days after birth. The procedure involves the removal of the foreskin, the fold of skin that covers the head (glans) of the penis. It can be done in a medical setting by a qualified healthcare professional. The two most common methods are the Plastibell method, which uses a plastic ring to cut off blood flow to the foreskin, and the Gomco clamp method, which employs a clamp to cut and remove the foreskin.
While circumcision is often a cultural or religious tradition, some parents choose it for perceived health benefits. However, it's essential to weigh these potential advantages against the risks and consider the personal and cultural factors that influence this decision.
Pros of Circumcision:
Cultural and Religious Reasons:
Circumcision has deep roots in various cultural and religious traditions. Families may choose this procedure to align with their beliefs and practices.
Hygiene and Reduced Infection Risk:
Some studies suggest that circumcised individuals may have a lower risk of urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted infections, contributing to improved hygiene.
Prevention of Penile Problems:
Circumcision has been linked to a reduced incidence of certain penile conditions, such as phimosis and paraphimosis.
In some cases, families may choose circumcision based on personal preference or familial history.
Cons of Circumcision:
One of the significant cons of circumcision is that the procedure is irreversible. Once done, it cannot be undone. It's crucial for families to consider this permanent aspect before making a decision.
Risk of Complications:
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks of complications, such as bleeding or infection. While these risks are relatively low, they should be taken into account.
Pain and Discomfort:
Circumcision involves a level of pain and discomfort for the baby during and after the procedure. Although measures are taken to minimize this, it remains a consideration for families.
Some argue that circumcision raises ethical concerns, as the decision is made on behalf of the child before they can provide consent. It's essential for parents to carefully weigh these ethical considerations.
Continuity of Care at Baby Catcher:
At Baby Catcher, PLLC, we recognize that circumcision is a personal choice, and our aim is to provide seamless continuity of care to our clients and their families. We offer this procedure as part of our comprehensive services, ensuring that families have access to the information and support they need to make the decision that aligns with their values and preferences.
Conclusion: Circumcision: The Pros and Cons
In the end, the decision to circumcise is a personal one that involves careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks. Baby Catcher, PLLC is committed to supporting families in making informed choices, recognizing the uniqueness of each individual circumstance.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding circumcision or any other aspect of prenatal and postnatal care, Baby Catcher, PLLC is here to provide the guidance and support you need. Your journey with us is built on trust, respect, and personalized care, ensuring the well-being of both you and your precious newborn.