Neonatal Circumcision: An Audiovisual Primer

Though widely practiced in various parts of the world, circumcision remains a controversial issue, with passionate feelings on both sides. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a policy of "neutrality" on the issue, and many physicians agree that both the medical risks and benefits of the procedure are small, so usually the decision is made by the family for reasons that are culturally, religiously, or emotionally based.

This information is intended for health care providers who are caring for newborns in a setting where circumcision might be desired by the parents.

Written information, photos of conditions that cause concern or present a contraindication, and video clips of the three most common techniques used for the procedure are presented.