My Caesarean: Twenty-One Mothers on the C-Section Experience and After

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About the Author

Amanda Fields is an assistant professor of English and the Writing Center director at Central Connecticut State University. She has published creative work in Indiana Review, Brevity, So to Speak, Nashville Review, and others. She coedited Toward, Around, and Away from Tahrir: Tracking Emerging Expressions of Egyptian Identity, and has published scholarship in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; Journal of Adolescent Research; Sexuality Research and Social Policy; and edited collections. Among her honors is the 2016 Kairos Best Webtext Award. She holds a PhD in rhetoric and composition from the University of Arizona and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Minnesota. Learn more at or on Twitter at @aj_fields.

Rachel Moritz is the author of the poetry collections Sweet Velocity and Borrowed Wave, which was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the 2015 Minnesota Book Award in poetry. Her work has appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Colorado Review, Iowa Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Water-Stone Review, and other journals. Among her awards are grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Rachel lives with her partner and son in Minneapolis where she works as a teaching artist and content developer for museum projects. More at


"The cumulative sum of these stories is an enlightening reading experience for both those who've had C-sections and those who may."--Publishers Weekly

"This brave, brilliant, and astoundingly well-written collection smashes the walls of silence and shame and lets C-section survivors celebrate each other as fellow mothers, as sisters on the surgical table, as patients who went under the knife and came out changed."--Femmeliterate

"Women have always been able to find narrative stories that explore vaginal birth. But what about books that just talk about what happens during C-Section and shortly after? [This] new book takes a thoughtful approach and explores a diverse lens of stories."--Mama Glow

"The C-section experience is as varied as life itself--there's guilt and gratitude, pride and regret. These mothers illuminate the whole spectrum with depth, urgency, and humor. My Caesarean is the antidote to alienation, and I dearly wish I'd had it before my own births. I'm so glad we have it now."--Meaghan O'Connell, author of And Now We Have Everything

"A fresh and compelling range of voices lifting a painful topic into the light."--Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times-bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

"The essays in My Caesarean refuse to idealize the birth experience and show it in all its stunning unexpectedness. This is a beautiful and important book that should be prominently shelved in the birth and parenting section of every bookstore."--Julie Schumacher, award-winning author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement

"This collection gathers the overlooked and under processed experiences of C-sections--each importantly different, each importantly the same--and prompts robust reflection. Together these voices create a much-needed community that will comfort and challenge, enlighten and affirm."--Beth Ann Fennelly, poet laureate of Mississippi and author of Great With Child