\" \" A 2013 study found 22 cases of self-inflicted Caesareans. © 2016 HowStuffWorks, a division of Infospace LLCMexico's Inés Ramírez Pérez had seven healthy children, but her eighth was stillborn. In 2000, at age 40, pregnant again, she labored unsuccessfully for 12 hours to bring her ninth child into the world. Mothers took this action either to kill the child, save the child or due to mental illness. In fact, the study authors think the number of cases of self-Caesareans is probably higher [source: Szabó and Brockington].