Having known Robbie for twenty plus years I assure you that our recent interview is powerful. Here is how it begins. “I started asking questions…”

"I went into labor and got to the hospital too soon; nobody told me these little basic things. If you want a normal birth in the hospital, don’t get there until you’re six centimeters [dilated], you know. They had this lovely birth center in the hospital. I wanted to give birth in the birth center, and they said first-come-first-serve. So, as soon as we were in labor, I went racing off to the hospital to get the birth center. I ended up with an unnecessary cesarean because my labor went to 26 hours, and the hospital just basically ran out of time and patience. I was totally bewildered by the whole experience and very confused, and while I was totally in love with my child, I had a major case of postpartum depression. It felt like everything was gray—all gray around the edges. So, I did what all anthropologists do when they are confronted with a life crisis situation that they don’t understand; they start asking other people; they start asking questions. So, I started asking everyone that I ran into, “What was your birth like?” Comparing their experience to mine and trying to figure out why this woman could have a natural birth, while I ended up with this horrible cesarean that was a miserable experience for me."

Michael Mendizza