First Friday author signing at Otto Bookstore

The author of the birth memoir “Born in the Bed You Were Made: One Family’s Journey from Cesarean to Home Birth,” Brooklyn James, a Twin Tiers native, will hold a book signing from 6 to 8 p.m. July 5 at Otto Bookstore, 107 W. Fourth St., during First Friday.

The memoir heralds accessibility, choice and human rights in childbirth. As a postpartum nurse, induction, intervention, ultimately cesareans were nothing new to James until she was the one atop an operating room table birthing her firstborn through an incision in her uterus. Coming to terms with the medicalized birth, she undergoes several unexpected health issues fallout from a medically unnecessary cesarean, secondary infertility, miscarriage.

She began her exploration of evidence-based and patient-centered maternity care, of all that is and all that can be in birth. The impetus for penning her own, it was women’s birth stories that informed and inspired James to go beyond what to expect and to discover what she expects from birth.

James’ first book, “The Boots My Mother Gave Me,” was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist. She holds a master of arts in communication, and a bachelor of science in nursing and animal science.