Facts About Caesarean Section

A Caesarean commonly known as C section is a medical term for the intervention of delivery where the baby is cut and removed from the mother’s womb by doctors. It is said and believed that there is only one known case where a woman performed a C-section with herself without a doctor and both the mother and child survived. Afterwards, she was tended to shortly by a nurse and also was taken to hospital.

History

  • The mother of Bindusara (born c. 320 BC), who was the second Mauryan emperor of India, somehow consumed poison and died while she was close to delivering the baby. Chanakya, who was the Chandragupta’s teacher and adviser, made up his mind and thus saving the baby’s life, he cut open the belly of the queen and took out the baby.
  • According to the ancient Chinese Records of a sixth-generation descendant of the mythological Yellow Emperor, the Great historian Luzhong, Emperor had six sons, all born by – cutting open the belly.
  • In the book of Shahnameh, written around 1000 AD, an early account of caesarean section in Iran is mentioned and relates to the birth of the legendary hero of that country, Rostam.
  • In the Ulster cycle, the Irish mythological text, the character Furbeide Furband is said to have been born by posthumous c-section, after his evil aunt Medb killed his mother.
  • An ancient Jewish religious text, The Babylonian Talmud, mentions an intervention similar to the caesarean section.
  • The Catalan saint Raymond Nonnatus received his surname from the Latin non-natus which means not born—because he was born by c-section. His mother died while giving him birth.

Etymology

It is to be said that Caesarean Section name originated from the infamous Roman Ruler Gaius Julius Caesar. Caesar left an enormous legacy on the whole world we know even today, influencing the way in which we speak as well as the world we live in. The earliest record of Julius Caesar’s birth was in a 10th-century document a Byzantine-Greek historical encyclopaedia, The Suda. Here citing Caesar as the namesake of the procedure of Caesarean section. Julius Caesar has been floated for centuries as the first to be born in this kind of way, by cutting open the womb of the mother to remove the child, therefore the process was called a Caesarean. This is, in fact, a myth as there is no full proof that Caesar was born by Caesarean section.

Epidemiology

Global rates of caesarean sections are increasing. It reached 21% which is doubled from 2003 to 2018 and is also increasing annually by 4%. Already 45 countries have rates less than 7.5% and more than 50 nations have rates greater than 27%.

Origin of the name C-section

Why is a c section called a c section? In Encyclopaedia Britannica it is mentioned that according to ancient sources, this procedure takes its name from the branch of the ancient Roman family of the Julii, whose cognomen Caesar (Latin caedere, which means to cut) originated from childbirth by this means; though some modern historians have doubt about this fact.

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