It's time to grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation with this week's issue:
Back in 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement declaring that, based on years of research, the pros of circumcision were not great enough for them to recommend it as a routine medical procedure.
The debate as to whether male infants should be circumcised at birth is still very much alive today. At least one U.S. city, San Francisco, is considering a proposal to ban circumcisions.
Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that the number of circumcisions in the U.S. is declining. Data used in a presentation by a CDC researcher in August of 2010 include a 2009 statistic: 32.5 percent of U.S.-born males were circumcised that year, a drop from 56 percent in 2006. Others argue the figure is inaccurately low and estimate the number to be closer to 50 or 60 percent. Either way, parents choosing circumcision often cite religious and cultural reasons, as well as medical benefits, such as lower risk of contracting certain sexually-transmitted diseases and better hygiene.
The question: As a parent, do you believe in circumcision? Do you think this is a one-answer issue, or do different beliefs dictate different actions?
Now take a look at what our Moms Council has to say. Here they are:
Beth Blanck is a Brewster mom whose son is 2 and a half years old. She writes a weekly column called for Southeast-Brewster Patch and she is the head of the council.
Noreen Mahoney is Brewster mother of two boys, ages 10 and 16. Aside from being active in the community, Noreen is a former improv troupe member. She is looking to start a local troupe for adults.
Tracy Dunne-Derrell is a Brewster mother of one. She is a middle school teacher and she is currently fighting a battle familiar to many parents: trying to get her 4-year-old daughter to sleep!
Suzanne Perucci has lived in the area for 20 years. She works for The Pampered Chef and is the mother of two teenagers.
If you would like to join the council, or if you have a suggestion for a topic, email Ashley.Tarr@patch.com.