If you have your child circumcised, it's important to remember that he will feel pain, and that Acetaminophen (such as Tempra or Tylenol) or EMLA cream, which numbs the skin, will not be adequate to dull surgical pain.
Circumcision is as American as apple pie. For the most part, it is not questioned but rather accepted as the standard of care given to newborn babies. Why is this the case?
So you decide to call your best friend, a pediatric surgeon... After the call you can see that the benefits and risks of the procedure are about equal. If you don't find these reasons compelling enough to allow yourself to be circumcised, then why would you allow your son?
Parents of all baby boys face a major decision -- should their newborn remain intact or should he be circumcised. This article summarizes both sides, from both parent's and medical association viewpoints, and lists further resources.
A sample birth plan based on the preferences of a typical hypno-birthing couple. Yours may vary, but consider the length and format as a guide. 2 pages is the longest it should be, and using bullet points or small paragraphs will help ensure it gets read.