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C-Section facts & informationThe modern surgical procedure is named for the emperor Julius Caesar, who was said to have been delivered via the intervention of courageous Roman doctors when his mother, Aurelia, was unable to deliver naturally.

Mother and baby rarely survived the ancient method of surgical removal of the baby from the mother's womb, and even today the World Health Organization (WHO) views the procedure as being fraught with danger. They currently put the acceptable rate of C-sections at 10-15% for countries in the developed world.

Yet, over the last decade the number of Cesarean sections performed in US has nearly doubled. This currently puts the number at approximately 30 percent of all babies born in the United States delivered by C-section.

Although surgical expertise has grown steadily with the increased use of C-sections, doctors say it is still important for women to weigh all the pros and cons of C-sections before opting for what is a serious surgical procedure.

Pregnancy complications may always occur that make emergency C-sections an absolute necessity, but ethical questions arise when patients and doctors opt for a Cesarean section as an elective procedure solely for reasons of ease and convenience.

As the debate continues, find out more about C-sections around the Web at expert sites with facts and information, along with helpful forum discussions on the benefits and risks of Cesarean birthing procedures :

More about c-sections around the Web:

MedlinePlus: Cesarean Section
- Check out this directory of news, updates and links to more info on the procedure, related risk factors, recovery time, research and statistics.

C-sections: Giving birth by cesarean section - Check out facts, info and hyperlinked discussion on which conditions typically call for the procedure, what to expect, and how to minimize the chances of having a Cesarean birth, with visitor comments and related message board.


This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.

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