caesarean section

“Needless to say I have never seen it before, nor has my more experienced colleague.”

Dr. Shadi Abdelrahman is a young surgeon from Cairo. he just finished his first mission with MSF, in a hospital in Agok, Abyei, an area with special administrative status located between Sudan and South Sudan. Even though this was his first mission for MSF, it was not his first foray into field work. He talks about his experience of delivering a miraculous baby girl in his first-ever Caesarean section.

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Pro-choicers have //literally// the worst logic.

Bodily autonomy?

Great – not your body. Sex = consent to the possibility of pregnancy = you literally put that thing there you have no right to revoke it’s being there when you are the one responsible.

(also… bodily autonomy literally doesn’t exist except in very small things like the right to get tattoos or go skydiving. Drugs are illegal. Public indecency is illegal. Driving recklessly is illegal. You can’t even donate an organ to save someone’s life if losing that organ would kill you. Killing a developing human //should// be illegal.)

Which brings me to the second and most ignorant: “it’s not a human/alive/a person”.

Why, because it’s small? Short people have no right to live.

Because it’s not capable of surviving on it’s own? Babies, the very old, and the handicapped have no right to live.

Because it’s not human? You literally have no grasp of how biology works.

Because it’s not alive? …I’ve actually seen morons make this argument and I just laugh until I cry.

How about the rape argument? That a woman shouldn’t be forced to bring to term the result of a horrific attack?

Rape is horrible. No argument there. But… why in the world should a child pay for the crimes of its parent?

How about the “to save the life of the mother” argument?

I’m not even going to go here except for one simple consideration: in a day and age where Caesarean-sections are common, how hard is it to attempt to save both lives? If a child dies in the midst of trying to save them, that’s tragic. If a child dies because someone actively poisoned them and ripped their body to shreds, that’s evil.

How about the “if it’s going to be poor/disabled/etc it’s kinder to abort” argument?

…how… horrifically classist and ablist is that? Someone’s life is worth LESS somehow because they are poor or disabled? What even? I can’t even formulate an argument against that I can only squawk in disbelief.

There is not a single pro-choice argument that holds any water, and not a single argument in the world that will ever justify the deliberate destruction of a human life.

…*sigh* I’m done now.

A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers.

Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.
The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown.
A Sisterhood of Women in an Afghanistan Hospital #IWD2017
On International Women’s Day 2017, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is highlighting the challenges that women in Afghanistan face durin...

On International Women’s Day 2017, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is highlighting the challenges that women in Afghanistan face during pregnancy and childbirth. #HerVoiceIsMyVoice

Severine Caluwaerts is an MSF OBGYN in Khost, Afghanistan, at MSF’s largest maternity project. This is her seventh time in Khost.

“I’m doing exactly the job that made me study medicine so many years ago, to help people who most need help,” said Caluwaerts. “Afghanistan is a war-torn country. Our patients are continuously confronted with the war. Families lose husbands, children die, mothers die. And what MSF is offering them is a safe place to deliver.”

“ I see Afghan women, Afghan doctors, Afghan midwives. I see them from doing their first delivery to becoming really experienced and two of our national doctors still here, Dr Sadia and Dr Farida, I taught them basically their first Caesarean section and now so many years later they are independent.

It’s like a sisterhood of women. It’s Afghan women taking care of Afghani women and Afghani babies.”


And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you only hold me tight
We’ll be holding on forever…

James Miranda Stuart Barry (c. 1789-1799 – 25 July 1865) was a military surgeon, who rose from a humble hospital assistant to become the Inspector-General, the top ranking doctor in the British Army. He performed one of the first successful Caesarean sections in medical history.  

He was also born a female, as Margaret Ann Bulkley. It was only after his death from dysentery that his body was autopsied and he was discerned to be biologically female. He had chosen to live his life as a man because women were not allowed to enter medical schools then. 

He tried to improve sanitary conditions wherever he went and improve the conditions and diet of the common soldier, by introducing the pear. He reacted indignantly to unnecessary suffering, and his insistence on better conditions for poor and commoners annoyed his peers. 

Barry was the first qualified female British doctor or surgeon known, preceding the next one by over 50 years.

  • SECOND APPARITION: Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth.
  • Caesar's ghost: *enters*
  • Caesar's ghost: *pulls one of the numerous daggers out of his body and stabbs Macbeth*
  • Macbeth: *dies*
  • First witch: *stares*
  • Second withch: *stares*
  • Third withch: *giggles*
  • Caesar's ghost: Why, what's the matter ladies, weren't you looking for a guy born by a Caesarean section?

Photo by Martina Bacigalupo 

The medical staff saw that Chantal was in danger of uterine rupture, so she was immediately prepared for a Caesarean section. Nurses stood by to assist, and the midwife prepares to receive the baby. See more of these photos, a video, and read first-hand stories from MSF staff about trying to save women with complicated deliveries at Because Tomorrow Needs Her:

“In 2001, my mother gave birth to a triplet in Burao. Only one survived after the birth. We found comfort in the fact that at least one of them survived but the comfort didn’t last that long. Once he turned one, he contracted meningitis. There was lack of solid medical facilities and no proper medications to treat him. I was very much attached to him and was at his side for most of the time. My mother kept bringing him to this small medical facility, thinking they would fix him. One day she returned alone. I figured they hospitalised him, and he was getting better, but she told me that he didn’t make it and died in the hospital. I cried myself to sleep that day. The following day, I delicately washed his body, and we buried him. It was there and then that I decided I wanted to become a doctor. Once I finished my medical course, inexperienced but full of energy, I moved to Erigabo where I heard that there is not a single doctor there. It was a risky endeavour, but I was determined. My first patient was a poor Somali mother. She was wearing rags and was in active labour. She told me that she didn’t have much and didn’t know where to go. Her husband wanders day and night to bring whatever food he can find to the table, and she was afraid to deliver her unborn child in the cold streets.  I quickly ordered proper medications, fed her and delivered the baby via caesarean section. She left after a couple days, happy that she was alive, and her child was healthy. A year later, a child with a bad case of diarrhoea was brought to me. I asked for his name and found out that he had the exact same name as me. Bear in mind that I have a unique name. I jokingly said that he stole my name. The child’s mother looked at me, laughingly asked me whether I remember her. She said I was the poor lady that you helped a year ago, and I named my son after you.”


“Sanadkii 2001, hooyaday waxay Burco ku dhashay saddex mataano. Saddexdii mataanaha, inan baa ka so hadhay. Alxamdulillah, inu ugu yaraan mid badbaaday, Ilaahay u mahadnaqay. Inankii sanad marku jiray, waxaa ku dhacay xanuunka la yidhaahdo meningitis ama qoorgooye. Burco waxaanan ka jirin xarumo caafimaad oo tayo leh. Runti, inanka aad baan u jeclaa oo markasta waan ka welweli jiray. Dareen aad u balaadhan ii galiyey, tolow suu noqonaya. Hooyadayna, isbuuc kasta ayee u ka lihi jirtay isbitaalka sidee inanka wax looga qabto. Maalin maalmaha ka mid ah, waxaan arkaya ayadoo soo noqotay oo inanka la socon. Waxay ii sheegtay inu geeriyooday, qadarta Alle ay tahay. Maalintaas oohin baan la seexan waayey. Subaxii marku waagu beryay, inankii waan meedhay waana aasnay. Ciidi markaan ku rogay baan go’aan ku gaadhay inaan dhakhtar noqdo. Markaan dhameeyey koorsadii caafimaad, oo aan lahayn tabar buuxda, waxaan maqlay in Ceerigaabo aysan lahayn dhakhatar ka hawlgala. Dabadeedna waxaan go’aansaday inaan Ceerigaabo u guuro. Qofka kowaad ii imaado waxay ahayd hooyo Soomaaliyeed oo danyar ah. Dirac yar oo shiid xidhneed iyo dacas. Waxay ahayd hooyo uur leh, sagaalkii bilood ku jirta, teeda labaadna fool ku haysa. Hooyadana deetana waxay igu tidhi, inaysan aduun haysan oo meel ay aado la’dahay. Xaajigeedana inu maalin iyo habeen warwareego, su cunto u raadiyo, ayna aad ka baqayso iney ilmaheeda uurka ku jira banaanka ku dhasho. Waxaan u dalbaday dawadii u baahneed, cunto siiyey, dabadeedna qaliin baan ku sameeyey. Sidee ku caafimaadee, sideedi ku baxday. Sanad kadib, waxaa la ii keenay ilma yar oo shubmaya. Magaciisa la ii sheegay, oo isku magac baanu noqonay. Kaftan ahaan, waxaan idhi, ninkaan magacayga igu qaatay. Deetana hooyadii inanka way qososhay, waxay tidhi, ‘ma ii garanee’. Waxay ii sheegtay inay gabadhii maalinta ahayd, inankaygana adiga kugu magacdaray.”


You’ll Be In My Heart

This is based on a prompt sent to @omeliafics by @cizavilation …Based on a photo of a heavily pregnant mom in the labor room hugging her toddler daughter.

Ciza- this is for you- I know you pay attention to details- so I try to make this as detailed as possible :D  I really hope you like it :)  I hope the rest of you like it as well!

 Amelia ’s eyes shot open as she felt a painful cramping sensation on her abdomen. It was the second one she felt in 10 minutes, and she knew this time it was real. She had been experiencing Braxton-Hicks contractions for the past few days- but this time it was different. It was sharp and tore through her entire body. She knew exactly what it was, she had experienced it before.

Now the feeling of deja vu was coming back to her stronger than before.  The contractions she felt when she was in labor with Charlotte were the worst type of pain she ever felt, and now she had to go through it again.

 At almost 40 weeks pregnant with her second child, she didn’t want to take chances. Arizona had specifically reminded her to rush to the hospital the moment she felt contractions, given her history of emergency C-section during her previous childbirth, about less than two years ago. They didn’t want to risk having a uterine rupture.

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The Caesarean Section

The Caesarean Section

Despair thy charm;
And let the angel whom thou still hast serv’d
Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb
Untimely ripp’d.

- Macduff’s rebuttal to Macbeth

The small fact that was the last straw in Macbeth’s tragic downfall, the Caesarean section has been shrouded in myth and folklore. Although not quite the ‘clean’ procedure that so many celebrities would delude themselves to believe, its development throughout the ages has made it one of the most important operative methods of delivery1.

Just Mythed You…

It seemed that the removal of the baby from the mother by other means than that already graced upon women has been in operation for a very long time. Greek mythology even reflects this - Asclepius, who would grow up to be the Greek god of religious medicine, was said to have been taken from his mother’s tummy by Apollo. Certainly, there have been writings about the procedure in other myths and legends - evidence suggests that the section was practised in Hindu, Egyptian, Chinese and other Western myths.

However, if there was one thing that the Romans did for the operation, it was to give it a name.

When in Rome…

Legend has it that the name - Caesarean, was derived from the Roman dictator, Julius Caesar, as he was thought to have been born in this fashion. Logical though it may seem, it would be unlikely for the man to have lived to have veni, vidi, vici had he have been born in this fashion. Indeed, his mother seemed to have recovered well from this major procedure, as she features in many other areas of his later life.

Myth aside, the term 'caesarean’ is Roman in origin. In the 8th Century BC, the Roman ruler Numa Pompillus passed a law requiring all women who died in labour to have a post-mortem delivery. This law continued throughout the reign of the Roman Emperors, and was known as Lex Caesarea - caesus being the Latin for 'cut’ or 'incision’; a more likely root for the term.

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Wake-up and discover that new guidelines are trying to recommend that women should be allowed to choose to have a caesarean section.

At fucking last.

I will repost some old musings on the subject, but I just want to say that I am so happy.  'The Right to Choose’, which is so vitally important to the emancipation of women, to me includes a choice about how to give birth.  No-one has the right to tell a woman how she should give birth.  Caesareans cost more, which is why the NHS don’t encourage them.  They argue about women finding it harder to breast feed after a caesarean (but don’t even get me started on the presumption that all women want to breast feed) and about women not going on to have subsequent vaginal births - but that’s not actually true.  Plenty of women do give birth vaginally after having a caesarean.  Home births have a lot of risks for both the mother and baby, but they aren't planning on stopping those.

I have heard a lot of people call vaginal births “proper” births - and this is appalling.  What right has someone to declare what is a “proper” birth and what isn’t?  A woman who has a pregnancy that ends in birth - no matter what method that birth takes - has a “proper” birth.  Let’s not start this vile ‘ranking’ of “proper” mothers and acceptable maternal behaviour right from birth.  And for a Doctor to condemn women who have elective caesareans so brutally and without knowing or acknowledging individual circumstances that may prompt women to make that choice.  Are you honestly trying to tell me that it’s healthy for a woman to be forced into a method of birth that isn’t suitable for her, for her to spend 9 months feeling stress (which is proven to harm unborn foetuses) and anxiety about the birth, and then to be unprepared for the mental strain that birth exerts on women?  Is this genuinely seen to be a better course of action than a caesarean section?  

It’s absolutely disgusting.  Thank God that it soon looks like it’s going to end.  I just wish that could happen without all this horrible abuse of women and caesarean sections first. 

almost a year later and I finally received a bill for Max’s birth. the first amount on the image is the actual charges and for all of it there’s no way I would’ve been able to pay without state healthcare. the anesthesia alone was almost $2k. use of the hospital’s breast pump was over $200. the recovery room after surgery was $3,612 (I was in there for less than one hour). these are things that make me glad for state funded insurance for pregnant people. this bill is almost more than all of my college loans. and I only owe twelve dollars.

[2015.03.29] Sunny’s FM Date with Han Hee Jun


Sunny: Last week I already mentioned about the American Idol top ten the only Asian has comeback out Han Hee Jun ssii..

Han Hee Jun: Yes?

Sunny: Yes, Let’s talk with relax and American mind.. hahaha

HHJ: Ah, You’re from America?

Sunny: Honestly I was born in America.. (smile)

HHJ: Ah, really?

Sunny: Yes, I can’t speak English (smile)

HHJ: Then are you American nationality?

Sunny: I have binational.

HHJ: Is your father American?

Sunny: No. Both my parents are Korean.

HHJ: Ah ah but…

Sunny: I was born in America. I was my mom’s third daughter and required caesar. I will tell you until this.. What are we talking about.. (smile) these were the third caesar operation which is why it is dangerous so we go to America to do the operation.

HHJ: Really?

Sunny: Yes, I was brought to America and born there.

HHJ: Is your mother okay? Right now

Sunny: Yes, my mom is healthy

HHJ: What a relief

Sunny: Yes, what a relief.

Korean Translation: Jiji3104

English Translation: Sunnyteamin

Sunny talks about being born in the U.S. (Also, it seems like Heejun may be a semi-regular on Sunny’s radio show.)