Diary of An Irish Woman

musings of an irish lady now living in America.

Friday, July 13, 2007

to snip or not to snip

Well we had decided that if Hobbit is a boy we're not doing circumcision. It was done in this country for most boys regardless of religion etc and has slowly been dropping over last 20 years until they said its about 50% of boys who are done and that's dropping as well. There's no medical reason to do it for all baby boys. The medical reason some folks use is for hygiene but Ireland and UK don't do it for boy babies and in all my years and family living there haven't heard of any wee boys penis falling off from not getting it snipped ;-)
So it was interesting when we went to the hospital and first thing on the tour the lady told us is that most health insurance wont either pay for it or have HUGE deductible as its seen as elective and cosmetic only. So we nodded to each other as we already had decided not to.
What really blew our minds though was when we went to the Lutheran Church next day on Sunday to show our faces (figured when you ask to have baby baptized cause both sets of parents will be in town, that its a good idea to come before the date and smile at Pastor so his first words aren't who the hell are you ...).
Well the first reading and I josh you not, was about circumcision and not circumcising and how you are not any closer to God for chopping foreskin off... We just looked at each other and laughed.
Guess the universe is telling us folks that if Hobbit is a boy he keeps all his tackle...


At 11:03 AM, Blogger Angoraknitter said...

Oh do keep it all intact. I didn't really think of it as a choice when my son was born...and once it's done you can't put it back...and I wish we had just left him alone. We'll never do that again.


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