Parents Prefer Circumcision

Parents who decided to have their babies circumcised were more likely to be satisfied with their decision than were parents of uncircumcised boys. A California survey of 149 families (81 had babies circumcised, 68 did not), published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that parents who failed to have their sons circumcised were significantly more likely to feel they made the wrong decision when questioned at the offspring age of 6 to 36 months. Compared to parents of circumcised boys those parents felt they had not been given adequate information about the procedure or been asked if they wanted circumcision. The parents of the circumcised infants tended to be white (83% circumcised) and better educated (63% college graduates) while Hispanic parents most often chose not to circumcise (16% circumcised) and were less well educated (9% college graduates).