What is Cesarean Section?
A Cesarean section or C-section for short is the delivery of baby, placenta, and membranes through a surgical incision in the abdominal wall and the uterine wall.
Contrary to popular belief, the term “Cesarean section” has no relation to birth of the Roman emperor Julius Caesar, who is erroneously believed to have been delivered by this operation. It has been suggested that the term is derived from the “lex caesarea”, a decree which is said to have continued under the rule of the Caesars from the 8th century BC. In accordance with this law, before burial of any woman dying in late pregnancy, the child was to be removed from the uterus. Another probable source of the term could be the Latin word “caedere” (to cut), the past participle of which is “caesum” (cut).
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