Spring 2004
Caesar's Mom

Julius Caesar was, according to Shakespeare, "ripped untimely from his mother's womb," making him the first person to be delivered by what we now call "cesarean section." Or perhaps just the first person whose mother survived to tell the tale?

  

Because there´s no doubt about it-a c-section is a complicated procedure and can be hard on the mother.

Think about it. First the anesthesiologist delivers pain-killing anesthesia through a needle precisely placed into the small space around the spinal cord. Then the surgeon makes an incision through the abdominal wall, and then through the uterus, without harming the baby or the placenta and without causing excess bleeding. This incision is large enough to remove a baby weighing up to nine or ten pounds. Then the placenta is removed and, layer by layer, the uterus and abdominal wall are stitched up.

The remaining scars are with the mother for life. If her next deliveries are also c-sections, each one becomes progressively more risky, as the chances of complications increase. The uterine scar might rupture under the pressure of later pregnancy. Or the placenta might become attached to the scar (as happened to Kim Bassett).

With the latest technology and the experienced medical and surgical staff, the Birthplace is ready to handle the hazards of repeat cesareans, with joyful results for mother and child.

Caesar´s mom should have been so fortunate!