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Cesarean section

surgical procedure in which one or more incisions are made through a mother's abdomen and uterus to deliver one or more babies

A Cesarean section (often called a C-section)[1] is a kind of surgery, which is usually done to make childbirth easier. In the past, this was done when there was a great risk to the health of the mother, or when normal childbirth through the vagina was not possible. More recently, it has also been done on request, without these reasons. In very rare cases, abortions are performed using this procedure, these are called Hysterotomy abortions. The first person to perform a modern Cesarean section was Ferdinand Adolf Kehrer, in 1881. In Latin, it is called Sectio caesarea, in English, the spelling Caesarean section also exists.

The rate of babies delivered through Cesarean section varies: It is at a record level of 46% in China; levels of 25% and above are common in many Asian and European countries, Latin America, and the United States.[2]

From about the 6th century, there was Roman law that stated that a living foetus may not be buried with the mother, The Digest notes this to be a "lex regia". If this were the case, it would date from the time around 700 BC, when there were Roman kings.


  1. "cesarean noun - Definition, pictures, pronunciation and usage notes - Oxford Advanced American Dictionary at".
  2. "C-section rates around globe at 'epidemic' levels". AP / Jan. 12, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010. Check date values in: |date= (help)