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.
“I have never read a better description of how giving birth helps a woman to grow and realize her potential. 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.” – Dr. Marsden Wagner, Former Director of Women’s and Children’s Health at the World Health Organization and International Birth Consultant in over thirty countries
“I love the rational left brain of Roanna Rosewood. And the massive power of her women’s wisdom which got to her, as it always does, through her body during birth. Cut, Stapled, and Mended is engaging, honest, and courageous.” – Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
“I blamed my midwife for my failure to progress but secretly knew it was me; my lack of confidence lead to my failure to progress. Reading Cut, Stapled, and Mended made me realize that I can start building confidence in my body, mind, and self, now. It gave me the kick in the pants I needed to start getting my life in order, my heart figured out, and my mind straight. Thank you, Roanna Rosewood.” – Jennifer Quarne Minsch, mother