Cut, Stapled, & Mended

Cut, Stapled, & Mended

When One Woman Reclaimed Her Body and Gave Birth on Her Own Terms After Cesarean

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
"Roanna Rosewood wasn't afraid of birth. That was before her pregnancy ended in Caesarean, like one in three pregnancies do in America. On the operating table Roanna realized birth is more than the means to a baby: it's an ancient rite, one that she had just failed. Determined to birth naturally, Roanna disregards her doctor's orders for a repeat Cesarean and sets out to reclaim birth. From the obvious - writing a birth plan, exercising, and supplements - to the ridiculous - drinking frog extract and enduring the manual relocation of her liver - she goes to astonishing lengths to prepare herself for birth. But in the end, Roanna finds the secret to birth in the last place she expected. Cut, Stapled, and Mended is every woman's chance to experience natural birth from the comfort of a cozy reading chair, written by an expert - the person on the working side of the vagina. "--

Perseus Publishing
"At least you and the baby are healthy."

That’s what they said when they handed him to me. And they were right. Why then, so long after my body has healed, do I still feel broken? A whisper inside of me insists: Birth is more than a means to a baby. There was something I was supposed to do, something I was to receive through giving birth.

Pregnant again, when the doctor tries to schedule another cesarean, I refuse. I will not submit to being tied down, cut open, and having my uterus extracted again without a fight.

That's why I ask a midwife to help me give birth. I tell her that I’m determined and strong. But she sees through my tough-guy armor. She smiles, saying, "Birth isn’t a battle to win or lose. It’s the result of delving into your vulnerability and finding your true feminine power."

In exquisite detail, Roanna holds nothing back in her powerful birth memoir, plunging the reader deep into the intimacy of this universal rite of passage. Part memoir, part manifesto, this is a must read for anyone who has given birth, will give birth, or who loves someone who will give birth.

"At least you and the baby are healthy."

That’s what they said when they handed him to me. And they were right. Why then, so long after my body has healed, do I still feel broken? A whisper inside of me insists: Birth is more than a means to a baby. There was something I was supposed to do, something I was to receive through giving birth.

Pregnant again, when the doctor tries to schedule another cesarean, I refuse. I will not submit to being tied down, cut open, and having my uterus extracted again without a fight.

That's why I ask a midwife to help me give birth. I tell her that I’m determined and strong. But she sees through my tough-guy armor. She smiles, saying, "Birth isn’t a battle to win or lose. It’s the result of delving into your vulnerability and finding your true feminine power."

In exquisite detail, Roanna holds nothing back in her powerful birth memoir, plunging the reader deep into the intimacy of this universal rite of passage. Part memoir, part manifesto, this is a must read for anyone who has given birth, will give birth, or who loves someone who will give birth.


Publisher: Ashland, Oregon : Confluence Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781935952770
Branch Call Number: 618.45 ROS
Characteristics: 175 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.

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