Less Circumcised Babies?
It's true. The procedure has declined since1979.
The newborn circumcision rate declined nationally by 10 percent from 1979 to 2010. According to a national survey, the number of newborns undergoing circumcision during birth hospitalization was 58.3 percent, down from 64.5 percent.
Researchers, however, found that the decline was not steady, noting that circumcision declined in the 1980s, increased in the 1990s and took a dip again after 2000. The yo-yoing rates reflected the attitude of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on newborn circumcision. The academy has gone back and forth on whether the routine has any potential health benefits.
Will you circumcise your baby?