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Cut, Stapled, and Mended: When One Woman Reclaimed Her Body and Gave Birth on Her Own Terms After Cesarean

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"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.

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Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Confluence Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 14, 2014 Audrey rated it liked it
This book makes a nice addition to the "birth stories" genre. If you are looking for statistics or evidence, this is not the place for it, though Rosewood does provide a couple of pages of references at the end. It is the author's personal story, pure and simple.

A quote from Dr. Marsden Wagner appears on the front cover: "This book needs to be read by pregnant or to-be pregnant women, to-be fathers, midwives, nurses, hospital administrators, and, most especially, by doctors." This is an admirab
Leila Hanaumi
Oct 08, 2016 Leila Hanaumi rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful memoir that made me cry, marvel at the life growing inside of me, and feel the first bubbles of excitement in giving birth and welcoming motherhood.
Lauren Warner
Jul 23, 2013 Lauren Warner rated it it was ok
By far, one of the strangest books I've read. There were nuggets of goodness...but I don't have much at all in common with this author and found her life to be in complete opposition to my beliefs and opinions. It was hard for me to take wisdom from this.
May 19, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: medical-ish
Especially pertinent for those with history of c-sections thinking about a vbac. Plus it includes a recipe for French onion soup using placenta.
May 21, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written! I picked this up and didn't put it down until I was finished.
Apr 06, 2015 Erin rated it liked it
Overall, I related a LOT to this book. My first birth was a cascade of interventions starting with an induction due to macrosomia (which I will give them, she was a big baby) ending in an "emergency" cesarean that I'm still not 100% convinced was unavoidable. My second was planned as a VBAC but turned into a forced scheduled cesarean after a late-term ultrasound revealed, once again, a giant baby (who turned out to be a totally reasonable 8lbs 12oz).

Both times, I was placed on a table, cut into
Jul 24, 2013 Meggan rated it really liked it
I needed to read this.

Her description of her feelings regarding her baby's first moments post-cesarean (page 49) so perfectly encapsulated how I felt after my own cesarean that I cried. I so distinctly remember that feeling of helplessness; I'm not sure it will ever really go away.

On the down side, there's a lot of her personal family history and emotional trauma that I don't share, so that was hard to identify with. She also occasionally comes off as "holier-than-thou" ("I've never eaten a TV
Sep 03, 2014 Liz rated it liked it
Honestly, as someone working with a midwife and hoping for a "natural" birth, the climax of this book scared the sh*t out of me! But, I am glad to read as many birth stories as I can, even if I think I would make different choices. I didn't really relate to the author and her seemingly frantic exploration of alternative remedies, though I haven't been in her shoes so I certainly don't judge her approach. I did find her to be a bit immature in how she related to other people. Her apparent honesty ...more
Laura-Doe Harris
Jun 30, 2013 Laura-Doe Harris rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Not only does it provide a lot of great information for women and partners and any others concerned with pregnancy and birth, it's also a really compelling read. I found myself staying up way later than I expected just to keep finding out what happened next. It's an honest, enjoyable and engaging story of one woman's journey to find herself as a woman and achieve her dream of a vaginal birth after two cesareans.
Kate Ditzler
I found this book to be unremarkable in terms of what it has to offer to the discussion of birth trauma. It doesn't even acknowledge that birth trauma is the topic, focusing instead on unwanted and possibly unneeded c-sections. the most important part, I think, was her emotional work, and that was glossed over in favor of the triumphant vbac (instead of, you know, acknowledging that it could have gone a different way).
Jun 12, 2013 Betsy rated it liked it
This book was well written, but the author shares different spiritual mindsets/beliefs than I do and that is the reason I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would. It is a great story about her personal journey to achieve a VBAC and was an interesting read but I did not think it lived up to the hype due to her personal views of soul searching.
Mar 14, 2015 Maureen rated it really liked it
As a labor and delivery nurse who participates in performing c sections I thought the patient / mother / writer's description of her experiences in the OR important to read and reflect on. Great book for anyone with PTSD from birth trauma or unwanted CS and anyone considering a VBAC. And loved her description of (spoiler alert:) vaginal birth.
Rosie Peterson
Jun 13, 2013 Rosie Peterson rated it it was amazing
couldn't put it down. very well written. very entertaining. it's not just about birth, cesarean section, and vbac (vaginal birth after cesarean), its about love, personal search, family life. It is warm and funny. You'll see yourself in this story somewhere, as the friend, the mother, the husband, the father, or the neighbor.
Mar 08, 2014 Linsey rated it really liked it
Fantastic memoir! I found myself in tears several times because the author put into words some of my own experiences and feelings about my c-section. I highly reccomend this to anyone who has experienced a traumatic c-section or anyone considering a VBAC.
Brittany Tedder
Aug 18, 2013 Brittany Tedder rated it liked it
Shelves: advanced-reads
I didn't agree with most of what the author was saying but it was an interesting read. I gave it to my pregnant aunt to read.
Jan 15, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: medical, health, midwifery
Good book for anyone who has had a c-section and desires a VBAC. Perfect book for anyone who had a traumatic birth or suffered PTSD after a c-section.
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