Q: How long after birth does the circumcision take place?
A: As long as there are no health concerns, the Bris should be performed on the eighth day. If the baby is too ill to have his Bris on the 8th day, the Bris is delayed until the baby is healthy.
Q: Why should I choose a Mohel over a hospital circumcision?
A: There are several reasons why a hospital circumcision does not constitute a Kosher Bris. A medical circumcision does not necessarily take place on the eighth day. Doctors also use a clamp (either gomco or mogen), which renders the Bris not kosher. These clamps cause unnecessary pain to the baby. Additionally, giving injections of anesthesia to a small baby and using hemostats (medical pliers) can be more painful than the actual Bris itself. The most experienced, skillful, and pain-free choice is to use a specially trained mohel. A traditional Bris is quick and done as the baby sits in the arms of a loved one in the comfort of your home or synagogue.
Q: When should I contact the Mohel?
A: The ideal time to call the Mohel is as soon as the baby is born, so that he can appropriately schedule the timing of the Bris. Parents are welcome to contact Rabbi Ceitlin before the baby is born to discuss any questions. Once the parents contact him, the Mohel will schedule a time to come check the baby, and plan the ceremony, several days before the Bris.
Q. Does my medical insurance cover all/part of the Bris costs?
A: This varies between insurance companies. Often, ritual circumcision is not covered; however there are cases where the insurance will reimburse you for the procedure. Rabbi Ceitlin can write a receipt which can be submitted to the insurance company. You should call your insurance company directly to ascertain your family's coverage.
Q. How much does the circumcision hurt the baby?
A: With a traditional Bris, the baby will feel pain for the first few seconds of the procedure. The pain is limited and passes quickly, however the special bond developed between the child and God is everlasting! The way a traditional Bris is done (sans clamp and anesthesia) is actually much faster, and more comfortable for the baby.
Q. How long following the procedure does it take for the baby to recover?
A: The healing process varies by each individual; however the average person is completely healed within several days.