Should I circumcise my newborn? It’s a question that many parents ask themselves and medical professionals. The answer to that question my vary for some parents depending on their religious views, values, family tradition, and health practices. However, many health officials, including those from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), endorse circumcision for health reasons. In several statements to the general public, the CDC said that their endorsement is backed by research that proves that the “benefits [of circumcision] outweigh the risks”.

If you, as a parent, are struggling with the issue of whether or not to circumcise your son, you should take a number of things into account when making that decision. This includes medical research and recommendations, as well as you and your family’s religious beliefs.

Watch as these parents share their thoughts regarding why they chose to have their sons circumcised:

“We chose to circumcise our son for biblical and health reasons.”

“I feel like it was a shared experience between myself and my son because I was in the same room and I felt like part of the process…”

“We did research and decided that it was the best thing to do because of [a decreased risk of] infections and different [health issues] like that.”

“[In regards to circumcising our son} it was partly religion and partly health reasons.”