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  • Writer's pictureSharon Tenuta

To Circumcise or Not

Updated: Jun 19


Protect our babies from unnecessary circumcision
Our Lady of Guadelupe with infant



Parents are the ones babies depend upon to keep them safe. They are the only ones the child recognizes when it comes to our realm of living. The baby feels safe in mother's

arms when it smells the hormones flowing from mom’s skin, when it hears the voice of mother and father and when it embraces the energies that it had grown in for its pre-birth time.


What happens when baby is whisked away from mom and dad in unnecessary and necessary cases? Baby no longer feels safe, and often puts on its first layer of feeling abandoned, and another layer of feeling abused, not trusted, and not acknowledged. Psychologists who deal with rebirth experiences or hypnotized rebirth experiences have shared the emotions that had been expressed and released during such processes. Those starting life feeling abandoned have a hard time trusting others in life’s daily journey. How do parents know whether to circumcise their baby or not.?


What about those babies who have gotten circumcised? It has been recognized by brain imaging, that the baby gains a scar on the brain from the pain induced by circumcision, and from the abandoned experience of not being kept safe by the parents.


Here are the many reasons to not circumcise as listed in the nih.gov article:

1. Errotic pleasure surrounding the band of skin that is cut off. 20,000 nerve endings called Meissner’s corpuscles.

2. Acts as a rolling bearing during intercourse or masturbation

3. Prevents painful intercourse

4. Gently stimulates partner’s genitalia

5. Supplies skin to cover shaft during erection and prevents tightness

6. Stores pheromones and releases them upon arrousal

7. Stores, releases and helps spread natural lubricant (smegma, and fluid before ejaculation)

8. Makes glans a visible signal for sexual arousal.

9. Provides a seal against the vaginal wall to contain semen

10. Keeps glans soft

11. Protects glans from injury

12. Protects the nerves of the glans and their function

13. In infancy, it protects baby from UTI’s, urethra contamination, and meatal stenosis

14. Provides lysosome action for bacteriostatic action around glans

15. Protects unpigmented parts from sunburn, as this part is pigmented

16. Being rich in blood vessels, it protects from frost bite


Table 3 from

Critical evaluation of arguments opposing male circumcision: A systematic review - PMC (nih.gov)


The article continues to cite how each of the items on the list have been disproven or over exaggerated. Since we humans see in short sighted ways, that is possible. However, I put forth the questions: How is circumcision beneficial? How does it help with baby bonding to parents? How does it put the hat of trust onto the child at this early stage of life? And how does society benefit when the little men of society have very little trust for its maternal mantle at this early stage of life after being cut and injured? What benefits do the medical system gain from circumcising male babies?


I can see how the medical system gains more doctors able to have the experience of circumcising so someone can learn how to do such a surgery. Also, I can see where the hospital system gains money by performing the procedure.


I have trouble seeing how the procedure is actually beneficial for the infant and the family unit and for society in general. I have seen many gentle births, with families able to spend the first hours together soaking up each other’s oxytocin. The oxytocin for life, may actually be the healthy hormone for a healthy society. Since we humans like to interfere, we may never actually have a balanced study to prove this one way or another. The Jewish people have a circumcision ceremony 8 days after birth. The eight days give the baby’s system time to produce the coagulating factor in the blood naturally. The original Jewish circumcision also removed less of the foreskin of the baby boy. So, what is the purpose?


In the gospels New Testament, in Galatians:5, People are reminded they are called for freedom. This is the freedom to serve one another in love. We can’t do that unless we first love ourselves. Sometimes we think we can, but if it is not from fully within ourselves, then the act is not truly free. Vs. 18 says, “If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law to go against these.” Vs. 6 says, “For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.”


I remember my 1st grade teacher who said, “We would not have been put on this earth if we could not survive.” If nature thought we so naturally could survive, why do we interfere without cause and why don’t we strive to understand who we are and where we came from, so we can find our way back. It seems we take unnecessary detours in this life…causing pain on each other unnecessarily. I admit there are times when interference is needed from us and from the tools we have learned in life. Do we take the time to discern the differences between needed and interference?


My recommendations: 1. Meditate on who you are. 2. Discern knowing how to access innate wisdom (god, God, source, Holy Spirit, essence and the many other names of creator). 3. Determine decisions using your internal guides, not just outside laws and traditions. 4. Act out of internal love, desiring to harm no part of creation.


Really determine your holy reason to circumcise. Let it not be just because of culture, or peer pressure, or what the provider recommends, but rather, make your decision from an inner knowing that you are doing what is best for your baby.


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