Frequently Asked Questions about the Circumcision Procedure
We are not Jewish, will you be able to circumcise our son?
Of course! I will gladly circumcise your baby as I regularly circumcise babies from
Christian, Jewish or secular families. While for people
of many faiths, circumcision is a spiritual act demonstrating a deep
commitment to a Godly life, this is certainly not the case for all families who
opt for circumcision. If you wish me to circumcise your son for any reason,
I will happily assist you and strive to make the process appropriately
meaningful for your family.
Why do so many Christians have their baby boys circumcised?
A Christian family might circumcise their son for any of a number of
reasons, ranging from health and /or hygiene reasons to religious or spiritual reasons or for personal reasons.
From a strictly Christian perspective, circumcision is not a definitive requirement of the faith, however many Christians chose to do so for some or all of the reasons listed above.
Are there health benefits to having my baby circumcised?
The American Pediatric Association is very clear on the fact that circumcision confers significant medical benefits to all recipients .
The risks of a child contracting a urinary tract infection; phimosis; penile cancer are greatly reduced with circumcision. Circumcision also lowers the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases including HIV.
Why should I not defer my son's circumcision till he is older?
In order to perform a circumcision on a child older than 5 months, one would most likely have to put in surgery. Unlike a home-circumcision where the procedure takes but a few minutes and the baby is back in his mother's arms within minutes, surgery is much more complicated and traumatic. There is much trauma involved in undergoing surgery, aside from the dangers and costs involved. Rather than waiting for complications associated with a chid being uncircumcised, such as infection contamination and swelling, if at all possible parents should try to do the circumcision as soon as possible after birth.
Does a Mohel perform Circumcision?
“Mohel” is the Jewish name for a circumcision expert. The Hebrew word “Mohel” translates as “one who removes the foreskin”. A Mohel has undergone extensive and rigorous training in the performance of circumcision and is well-versed in Jewish scripture as well as in the relevant medical aspects of Urology and First Aid.
Are you experienced in performing Circumcision?
I am a devoted and experienced Certified Mohel who has been performing circumcisions for over eleven years. I have successfully circumcised close to a thousand babies across the United States, Canada and Israel. Feel free to browse through the many testimonials included on this site to get a better picture from other parents.
How much does it cost to have a circumcision?
The cost of a circumcision ceremony by an experienced Mohel can range anywhere between $500 to $1200. The final cost depends on the distance to be traveled as well as a number of other factors which we can discuss during our initial consultation call. As one who tries to live by the ideals of the Bible, I do whatever I can to help families get their son circumcised. If finances are an issue please feel free to discuss various payment options and sliding scales with me.
How do I choose a Mohel?
You should choose a Mohel that makes you feel comfortable and inspires you with confidence. I sincerely hope I fit the bill! You are more than welcome to schedule a call with me to explore whether I am a good fit for your family and and I also invite you to check out my testimonials and judge for yourself.
Who typically performs circumcision at hospitals, are they experienced?
There are a few hospitals that have a dedicated pediatrician to do all circumcisions. However, in most cases, circumcisions are performed by almost anyone on staff. Interns, midwives, gynecologists, and nurses all may be called on to perform a newborn circumcision. It is therefore vital that parents ensure they know who it is that will perform their son's hospital circumcision. Parents are also encouraged to insist they be present for their procedure so that they understand what is going on.
Which surgical methods do you use?
I use the traditional Jewish method of the mogen and blade (also called a guard) This method is considered the fastest and e most gentle method for a child.
In rare instances where exceptional physical characteristics are present, I may need to modify my method in order to perform the circumcision. If this applies in your case, I will explain everything and prior to the circumcision so you are fully informed and engaged in the decision-making process.
Do you have a prayer we can say at our sons circumcision?
A circumcision is a meaningful and emotional time for most families and offers an opportune moment for parents to pray for the success of their young child and the well being of their family. Before carrying out the procedure, I encourage parents to take time to reflect on the beautiful moment that they are experiencing and to offer a prayer. I will bring a beautiful, short prayer with me which you may choose to recite before the procedure. Should you desire a more personalized prayer, I can help you source or devise a suitable prayer before the circumcision day. We can discuss this in our preliminary phone call.
When should we contact you?
As soon as you know it is a boy you should call your Mohel . Most Parents prefer to contact me well in advance in order to get to know me personally and start the ball rolling. It’s never really too early to make contact and ask me any questions you may have prior to the baby’s birth. If for any reason you did not contact me prior to the birth, don't worry but do try to call or text as soon as you can afterwards so you can secure a favorable date for the ceremony to take place bearing in mind that I may need to travel to your location as well as ensure my own availability.
Where will you perform the circumcision?
I perform circumcisions in the comfort and familiar surrounding of your own home. On request, I can also carry the procedure out in a catering establishment or other warm and inviting location.
In which cities do you perform Circumcision?
I regularly perform circumcisions in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Alaska but am usually available to travel throughout the Pacific North and Midwest regions of the United States (Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington to name a few) as well as to Canada.
I am excited at the possibility of meeting you, your family, and your son wherever you may be located and will consider travelling to any location within the United States at your request.
Do we need to purchase supplies?
You do not need to purchase any supplies for the procedure. I supply you with all medical material needed for the procedure and after care. You should have diapers, wipes and three baby blankets available. I also encourage allowing your baby to suck on some grape juice during the procedure. It is recommended to give a baby a dosage of Tylenol prior to the procedure, but this is a personal decision.
Are there cases when circumcision will be postponed?
If the newborn experiences a significant health issue, I will postpone the circumcision until a week after the child has completely recovered. The decision as to when to proceed with the circumcision should be determined in consultation with your midwife and pediatrician. If the baby is jaundiced, circumcision might be postponed a day or two depending on severity. Where issues of health arise, I is to always prefer to err on the side of caution.
Do I have to watch you perform the circumcision?
Due to my thorough explanation of the procedure, many parents feel comfortable being present for their child throughout. . This choice however, is entirely yours. While some parents wish to watch, others prefer to avert their eyes or even to exit the room altogether. I want you to feel comfortable in whatever your decision may be. Feel free to choose whatever works for you and makes you feel the most comfortable.
Can you perform a circumcision in a hospital?
I will usually only perform the circumcision ceremony in a private home, catering establishment, or synagogue. There are some medical conditions which demand a hospital setting. In these cases, it is best to consult with me prior to the event in order to decide upon the best course of action.
Do you circumcise adults?
While there are experienced Mohels who perform adult circumcision this is not something I offer myself. If you are an adult who is interested in getting circumcised, I would be very happy to refer you to a urologist who can take it from there. The adult circumcision is significantly more complicated that an infant procedure and also more lengthy due to challenges posed by bleeding and stitches.