The issue of routine circumcision of the newborn is being debated in current obstetrics and pediatrics. A majority of male infants born in the United States are circumcised in the neonatal period, but recent studies cast doubt upon the validity of the traditional reasons for performing such prophylactic surgery. Many parents are not adequately informed about the risks of and alternatives to circumcision. The purpose of this paper is to provide nurse-midwives with information so that they can adequately counsel parents. It is suggested that teaching about circumcision begin in the prenatal period, and a sample parent information sheet is given.