Please Don’t Circumcise Your Baby Boy: The Case Against Male Infant Circumcision is written by Roland Hulme (available on Amazon here) that explores different reasons not to have your baby boy circumcised – a procedure that is very prevalent here in America and not in the UK (Roland is a Brit living in America since 2007).
For some reason, circumcision is so engrained in the American healthcare industry that it’s kept the practice going instead of fading into obscurity, as it did in Britain, Europe and the rest of the developed world.” Roland Hulme ‘Please Don’t Circumcise Your Baby Boy’
The book opens up and discusses a difficult, and sometimes controversial topic with a direct, and if I am honest, sometimes hard to read detailed account of what circumcision actually entails. Despite the no-holds-barred descriptions, I found it highly informative. He uses his conversational style and evidence from various scientific/medical papers to back up why he chose not to have his sons circumcised (and urges the reader to follow suit). He looks at various reasons that are given in America to have the procedure, including that it is cleaner, prevents disease, looks better or that doctor’s recommend it – all of which Roland examines and provides strong reasoning against them – and I will admit, what he discussed really got me thinking and able to brave the topic with my husband. We do not have children yet, but my husband was adamant that any son we had would be circumcised. It was when I read the information cited in the book, he was open to looking at it more carefully – I am not set on any decision yet as children are not really on the cards for a while, but I am all for making a choice based on facts, from both sides before I do anything.
When it comes to circumcision, you cannot always rely on the advice of doctors or healthcare providers. Especially not when they have a vested financial interest in offering you a medical procedure your child most certainly doesn’t need and definitely doesn’t want.” Roland Hulme ‘Please Don’t Circumcise Your Baby Boy’
The book is not overly long, so gets to the point of the debate quickly and is a good first step into exploring the reasons and evidence surrounding the circumcision issue. It is worth reading, indeed I recommend it if you are facing this decision yourself.