A surgical operation for delivering a child by cutting through the wall of the mother’s abdomen.
- After a serious stomach operation and two Caesarean sections, mum-of-two Jackie's muscles were so torn up that she had a saggy pouch of skin instead of the toned tummy she craved.
- In some hospitals because of the danger of this procedure to the mother, an operation like a miniature Caesarean section called a hysterotomy has to be performed.
- If the operation was done for a reason that will not have changed for the next delivery (for instance, if the mother has a very narrow birth canal), a Caesarean section will be necessary for each childbirth.
Early 17th century: Caesarian from the story that Julius Caesar was delivered by this method.
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