So I realized that I left out an option on my poll. Sorry to those of you who are undecided and didn't know how to vote. :p Maybe you're thinking the way I used to. If doctors perform circumcisions, there must be some benefit, right? And then you're wondering, why is this a "hot topic"? I have to admit that when I was pregnant with my first son, I did wonder for a while why, if there are some medical or health benefits, routine infant circumcision was not practiced in Germany (where I grew up). I never did explore the issue, however, and just trusted that if doctors were performing routine surgery on a newborn, there must be some very good reason that the rest of the world just hadn't heard about. Soon, other issues became more important, and when Tyler was a day old and the doctor came in to take him to be circ'ed, I never really thought twice about it. Well, I wish I would have done more research then, so whatever decision we ended up making would have at least be informed. If you're one of those people who are on the fence, here are a couple of websites for you to check out. My husband would argue that they are biased, and I suppose I have to agree and say that they are. They most certainly exist to discourage routine infant circumcision. There are lots of good articles to read, though, and lots of common questions that are answered. Go ahead and check them out, that way you can make a more informed choice. :o)
Circumcision Resource Center - this one has links to articles discussing common issues and questions
NotJustSkin - FAQ's, check this one out for quick answers!
National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers
Circumcision Information and Resource Pages - complete with a reference library