It was a personal decision for me. I’d researched quite a bit about it over the past few years with the debates that rage for and against, and come to the conclusion that unless our pediatrician were to give us a medical reason they absolutely needed to perform it due to health issues, I wouldn’t do it.
Sam and I initially went back and forth on this. He felt like it was a rite of passage for his sons, that even not medically necessary, it was still something men did. As we talked and I began to (gently) show him more evidence to the contrary, he changed his mind. We agreed not to circumcise our sons.
We had our sons at 20 weeks, so it never happened. But when we decided on adoption, and the high likelihood we’ll be referred a boy from South Korea, we discussed it again.
Once more, we came to the same conclusion. If our son was uncircumcised when we adopted him, we would never do it. (He will be – our agency let us know all male Korean babies come home uncircumcised.) It’s a personal choice, we don’t judge anyone who chose to circumcise because they have their own decisions and thoughts on it. Most of the time, we find that couples did not make the decision lightly. I do not take the extreme view on it as others have, but for our family, it’s not something we’ll do.
Here are a few of our thoughts on why we won’t be circumcising our sons. The reasons tend to be a bit different when it’s about an adopted child compared to a biological one.
How do YOU feel about this topic? What are your thoughts on circumcising an older, adopted child?
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Diana blogs on raising a toddler daughter, the loss of her twin boys, and their families’ Korean adoption in progress on the aptly named Hormonal Imbalances. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter and Facebook, and on Pinterest.
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