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-> ''"Hey, look! A womb with a view!"''
-->-- '''Rich''', ''Cannibal Campout''

Simply put, a Traumatic C-Section is when a pregnant woman has her unborn child crudely ripped or cut from her body. If done well (being prone to SpecialEffectFailure) it can result in Grade A NauseaFuel.

Contrast with ChestBurster, for when the offspring (or the equivalent of it) just violently comes out on its own, with no outside "assistance."

Often goes hand in hand with EatsBabies, for some reason. Clothes hangers and[=/=]or vacuum cleaners may or may not be involved.

Compare ImperiledInPregnancy.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the 3rd ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' OVA, [[spoiler: the fake]] Suzaku uses [[PrimalFear the threat of this]] against Mayo to get her to [[PrayerOfMalice pray for the destruction of Konan]]. He tells her that Taka plans to gather the other Seishi and kill Mayo and rip the baby out of her in the process.
* In ''Manga/PlusAnima'', [[spoiler:Cooro]] fell into a church when he was a baby, having become +Anima during his postmortem delivery, while his mother's newly-deceased body was being [[DueToTheDead consumed by crows]]. The nuns there took him in and raised him.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In a flashback sequence in ''[[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Halloween: The First Death Of Laurie Strode]]'', a young Michael Myers is shown daydreaming about cutting Baby Laurie out of his mother during a meal.
* A ComicBook/SpiderMan storyline involved the ComicBook/{{Venom}} symbiote being captured by a survivalist group, which forcibly extracted five "seeds" from it to create five new symbiotes for the their super soldier project.
* One happens off-panel in the Nicaragua arc of ''ComicBook/FuryMyWarGoneBy'', led by ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' villain Barracuda during his military days. Fury is investigating Barracuda's activities, and finds the remains of a village destroyed by his Contra forces, with horribly mangled bodies everywhere, including a corpse of a pregnant woman who had her stomach cut open and her baby stomped on.
-->'''Fury:''' Jesus fucking Christ almighty.
* In ''Druuna: Carnivora'', the eponymous character has a nightmare where she's heavily pregnant and trying to run away from a bunch of scary monsters before being rescued by a sinister group of {{Mad Doctor}}s who proceed to cut open her belly.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the Comics Nix ''X-Men'' fanfic ''Day of Reckoning'', Cyclops mutilates Jean Grey and her fetus falls out.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect's'' fic [[Fanfic/CrucibleMassEffect Crucible]], this was done to Amata, the wife of Gaius, Garrus and Shepard's son from the BadFuture. Amata was still alive when her stomach was cut open and her daughter was ripped out of it, still kicking and screaming before the Quarians shot the mother in the head (they also killed her son before that). After that the baby was taken to a lab to be experimented on. Judging from [[NauseaFuel hundreds of dead Hybrid babies' bodies being tested,]] [[NightmareFuel cut apart]] [[MoralEventHorizon and preserved in that place]], Amata was not the first or only victim.
* In ''[[Fanfic/TheRacketRotterChronicles The Racket-Rotter Chronicles]]'', The Builder subjects Silver to one in Arc 3, after slashing her neck. She is then left to die with only her (presumably) stillborn child for company.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Arguably the most infamous scene in ''Film/TheAnthropophagusBeast'' is Nikos ripping out a baby, and eating it in front of its dying mother. It's even worse in TheRemake, due to the baby obviously being alive when Nikos takes a bite out of its head.
* ''Automaton Transfusion'' re-creates the above scene almost exactly, but with a zombie.
* In ''Film/LasVegasBloodbath'', Sam kills Barbara by cutting out her baby, which he casually throws at the wall afterward. It is later found crammed into a toilet.
* In ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', a heavily pregnant Angharad has her baby cut from her body as she dies from her injuries, in the hope of saving its life. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* The French film ''À l'intérieur'' (''"Film/{{Inside}}"'') centers on an insane woman who wants to cut out the main character's baby, intent on having it replace her own dead child.
* During the making of the original ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'', a pregnant extra suggested her character should be shown having her baby ripped out by the zombies. Director Creator/GeorgeARomero and SFX guru Creator/TomSavini gave a resounding NoJustNoReaction.
* In the otherwise forgettable made-for-TV film ''Scarlett'', one scene features Scarlett O'Hara going through this.
* During a test screening of the ''Film/MyBloodyValentine3D'', a viewer asked if it was Megan's unborn child and not her heart that the miner cut out, since the camera doesn't linger on what was ripped out for very long. It was her heart, and director Patrick Lussier mentions how {{squick}}ed out he was by the baby assumption in the film's commentary.
* The first ''Film/ViolentShit'' ends with [[MisterSeahorse a pregnant]] Karl ripping himself open to let the baby out.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'', a dead cat is found ripped open and surrounded by fetuses.
* Old footage found by the characters in ''Film/XtroIIIWatchTheSkies'' shows an alien's young being ripped out of the parent while she(?) is in the middle of being vivisected.
* In ''Film/TheMutilator'' a character mentions his father once caught a shark and slit it open, causing roughly a dozen or so baby sharks to messily spill out.
* A Japanese soldier cuts a Chinese civilian's baby out with his bayonet in ''Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre''.
* ''Film/ForeverEvil'' has a random DreamSequence where an undead woman pulls out her demonic baby.
* The fetus ripping from Creator/{{Troma}}'s ''Film/TerrorFirmer''.
* A fetus is cut out and devoured in ''Cannibal Campout''
--> "Smells like a girl... tastes like a girl".
* After an argument with his girlfriend, the lead killer in ''Film/AugustUnderground's Penance'' does this to a random woman.
* Seeing as how it's an abortion-themed horror film, ''Hanger'' of course features this.
* ''The Shivers'', one of Todd Sheets's many obscure little films, has a pregnant woman de-fetus herself due to the evil's influence.
* ''In a Better World'', for a non-horror or exploitation film example.
* At the end of one of the ''Film/{{Carnosaur}}''s, a MadScientist gives herself one of these by clawing open her own abdomen because [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext she's pregnant with little dinosaur babies and wants to make sure they survive]].
* ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' has a particularly scarring one. [[spoiler:It ends up creating a squid-like [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Facehugger]] which grows to a giant size.]] Zoinks.
* One of the many endless gore scenes in ''The Coma-Brutal Duel'' involves a ripped out fetus being stomped on.
* The opening of ''Madness'' has one of the killers stomp on a pregnant woman's stomach so hard that what looks like her bloodied baby shoots out from between her legs.
* This implied to have been done to the pregnant victim in ''Film/{{Snuff 102}}''.
* The premise of ''The Clinic'' is that pregnant women are abducted by an underground organization, have their babies removed, and are made to kill each other in a twisted contest which prospective adopters use to judge which of the stolen babies they want.
* In a variant, the pregnant female from ''Film/OrcaTheKillerWhale'' was terribly injured by a fishing boat and entangled in its lines. When she's hauled out of the water, the trauma causes a spontaneous miscarriage and a half-formed orca fetus is expelled onto the deck of the boat.
* Near the end of ''Film/{{Skyline}}'', Elaine is dumped into a chamber on the alien ship along with other pregnant women, where an appendage of the ship works to forcibly extract the fetuses from the captives' bodies.

* Horrifically, this is actually OlderThanFeudalism. It goes back to the root of all Western literature, ''Literature/TheIliad'', in which Agamemnon scolds his brother Menelaos for showing mercy to a Trojan:
-->'''Agamemnon:''' Not a single one of them must escape sheer destruction at our hands. Not even if a mother carries one in her belly and he is male, not even he should escape.
* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** It is mentioned, specifically in the prophetic books of the Old Testament, where Israel has descended into idolatry and corruption, and is involved with conflicts involving other nations as well as its own civil war. The Assyrians (one of the most brutal and most effective armies of the ancient Middle East) are mentioned as doing this among other practices that would be considered war crimes today.
** In ''Literature/BookOfPsalms'', one of the PrayerOfMalice is that they wish pregnant women of enemy nations being cut open and having their fetuses pulled out and thrown against the rocks. This was a [[ValuesDissonance very common practice throughout the ancient world]].
* In the fourth ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' novel, [[spoiler:Edward rips open Bella's womb to retrieve their unborn child from her body with his teeth because both the nature of the pregnancy and the state of Bella's body didn't allow for any conventional birthing process to take place]].
* Fetuses in ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife'' time travel out of the womb on several occasions. This is extremely messy and disturbing.
* A much milder example, in which the victim is a salmon, is mentioned in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''. Still, it's only brought up for just how disturbing it was for young Vetinari to see all those [[GrotesqueCute cute]] little otter cubs eating all those little salmon eggs...
-->'''Vetinari:''' Mother and children, dining upon mother and children. And that's when I first learned about evil.
* One of the tortures inflicted upon the female mutant in ''Literature/{{Apeshit}}''.
* A mad scientist [[MindScrew may or may not]] have done this to one of his test subjects in ''Film/JasonX: Death Moon''.
* From the 13th century ''Literature/SagaOfTheVolsungs'': After seven years of pregnancy, King Rerir's wife orders her child be cut out of her body, even though she knows it will kill her. Thus, the hero Volsung is born.
* Dantalion performs one on [[spoiler: Amarantha]] after her carriage crashes in ''Literature/{{Maledicte}}'' to ensure the survival of an heir, even though the mother might live if he doesn't.
* An incident from the childhood of Prince Joffrey in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is alluded to in Cersei's chapters which provides some early warning signs of his later psychopathy -- while the details are sketchy, it's implied that he found a pregnant cat and cut her open to see what the kittens looked like.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', the VictimOfTheWeek was a woman who was nearly killed when her husband cut her baby out, convinced that she was having an affair and that the child wasn't his. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone It was.]] And the baby died.
* ''Series/IClaudius'' had Caligula impregnate his sister, then cut her open and eat the baby.
* This is implied to have happened to Ilithyia in ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus: Vengeance]]''.
* Happened to Violet in ''Series/PrivatePractice''. A patient was convinced the baby was hers.
* In ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' [[spoiler:Lori goes into labor while hiding from walkers in the boiler room of a prison. Maggie then has to deliver the baby via a C-section using a crude hunting knife and Lori dies]]
* The ''Series/{{ER}}'' episode "Love's Labor Lost" culminated in a horrifying emergency C-section. [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-ca-er-labor29-2009mar29,0,4685319.story One TV critic]] says it changed how she thought about her body and life in general.
-->As the episode unfurls, one thing goes wrong and then another -- the baby's shoulder gets stuck, the mother's blood pressure drops -- until a panicked Greene performs a brutal emergency C-section. "What did you use, a chain saw?" asks the obstetrician when she finally shows up. Although the baby is saved, the woman dies, her body transformed from living person into scooped-out husk in a matter of moments.
** Another episode has Kerry Weaver doing one of these in an ambulance that has crashed due to a torrential rain storm.
* A delusional woman does this to acquire placenta to eat in an episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
* On ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'', Maura had to perform a high-speed C-section on a heavily-pregnant woman who'd been fatally stabbed mere moments earlier, while Jane gave the already-dead woman CPR to keep blood moving long enough for the fetus to be saved.
* ''Series/{{Slasher}}'': Sarah's mother was murdered by the original Executioner when she was highly pregnant with her daughter. In something of a subversion, while he did violently cut her baby out of her womb, instantly killing her, he intentionally kept the infant Sarah alive until the cops arrived on the scene.
* On ''Series/GameOfThrones'', this happens during the Red Wedding. Robb Stark decided to MarryForLove, instead of marrying one of Lord Frey's daughters. So the first person to be killed as revenge was his pregnant wife, Talissa, who was stabbed right through her womb.
* Doc Robbins on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' got the rare-for-an-M.E. chance to save a life when he realized that a teenage girl who'd hanged herself just minutes before he and Nick arrived on-scene still had a living fetus inside her. A hasty C-section with improvised tools saved the baby, and the team tracked down the ex-boyfriend, who'd had no idea the girl'd been pregnant when they broke up but is still willing to be father to their daughter.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', [[spoiler:The Boss]], ''during the invasion of Normandy'', went into labor. Naturally, being in the middle of a war zone without access to a proper medical facility, drastic measures needed to be taken. The most badass thing of all is that she performed the C-section ''on herself''. Out pops baby [[spoiler: Revolver Ocelot]], in the middle of a battle.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Kane threatens to do this to Wendy in a ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' arc, as seen [[http://www.pholph.com/strip.php?id=5&sid=959 here]].
* Happens in ''Webcomic/EightCicadas'' to Annette. As a hybrid, she is immune to human painkillers and couldn't be anesthetized for delivering her daughter. It ends with her punching out a nurse and spending time in therapy.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Podcast/MetamorCity'': this happens to [[spoiler: Abbey Preston]], by her abusive boyfriend. While she survives, she is extremely traumatised for years afterwards, especially as [[spoiler: Sasha is killed at the same time]]. It gets worse - see, she's psychic, and it's hereditary, and she had even held simple conversations with her child in the womb. When her child died, she heard her scream.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-1048 SCP-1048]] is an animate teddy bear that can make more of its kind using any random material, including a fetus it somehow removed from a dozing employee.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* This bit from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' version of The Nativity Story.
-->'''Doctor Nick:''' Good news everybody, Caesar just invented the Caesarean! ''[whips out a large saw]''\\
'''Marge/Mary:''' Get him out of here!

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There have been several instances of pregnant women being kidnapped and having their unborn children forcibly taken from their wombs, generally by women who've been faking pregnancy and now need "proof" in the form of a newborn. A list of ten such cases in the [=US=] appears [[http://listverse.com/2008/09/20/10-cases-of-fetal-abduction-in-the-us/ here]].
* Sadly, this often occurred as a war crime in the past, with recorded incidents from the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857 to the Rape of Nanking in the 1930s, the Nazi concentration camps (where pregnant women would also be experimented on) and the [[http://orthodoxinfo.com/ecumenism/serbian_newmartyrs.aspx mass murders of Orthodox Serbs in the Jasenovac camp]] (by the Nazi-backed Catholic Croatian fascist Ustaše during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo).
* A shocking, but simultaneously fascinating example from an aquarium in New Zealand: [[https://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/shark-bites-pregnant-shark-in-stomach-saves-eight-shark-pups.html A SHARK was subjected to this trope by another shark]]. Apparently, no one knew the first shark was pregnant until the second one bit her and ripped her open. To everyone's astonishment, a few baby sharks swam out of their mother's wound and the aquarium staff immediately worked to rescue them and their mother, successfully getting the remaining babies out (there were eight in total) and patching up the mother's injuries, from which she has since recovered (this is a rare case of this trope having a ''happy'' ending).