Trial of labour: Is a caesarean safe?

A century ago, the main purpose of a caesarean was to extract a baby from a dying woman, notes medical writer Randi Hutter Epstein in her book Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank. “Caesarean sections were death rituals, not lifesaving procedures. If a doctor suggested a caesarean, you knew you were on the way to the morgue.”