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First C Section

January 14, 2022

History is a powerful thing. When thinking about pregnancy and how birthing got started, you start to wonder and obsess about it. If you or someone you know is heading to the hospital for a C-section, you may ask yourself these questions. How did this get started? Who was the person that performed it? What’s their story? Keep reading to find out the answers to these questions.

Who is Jesse Bennet?

Jesse Bennet completed medical school back in April of 1791. He married his wife, Elizabeth Hogg, in 1793. They were married for about a year before she became pregnant with their first child.

What’s Their Story?

His wife had a difficult labor. The doctor gave her two options to protect her baby. She had to make a difficult decision to either have a Cesarean section done or have a craniotomy done with the baby still inside her. Dr. Humphrey was supposed to be delivering her baby, but he thought it was too risky, so he left Jesse and his wife alone. On January 14, 1794, Elizabeth talked Jesse into performing a Cesarean section. 

Dr. Bennet jumped into action and got to work preparing his wife for the delivery. He cut her stomach open and took out their beautiful daughter, Maria. Jesse thought it would be too risky to try for another baby in the future, so her husband had to remove her ovaries. He sutured the womb, and a month after their daughter was born, Elizabeth fully recovered.

Their story is an interesting one. People will remember their story every time they, or their spouse, has a C-section done at the hospital.


  1. Manya Rayner

    Please explain why a craniotomy was an option?

  2. Franklin David

    The very first Ceaserian section was performed on the mother of Julius Caesar, who was dying in childbirth, due to the position and size of her baby. hence the name CEASAR IAN .

  3. Dennis

    It’s time for President Trump to take our Country back and put Joe Biden in a Nursing Home. Dr. Jill Biden should be arrested for neglect of the Elderly, her husband.

    • Thomas A Carver

      Stfu, you putin loving uneducated idiotic trItor

    • eleen marko

      I like at

    • Monty

      You clearly are the one needing to be admitted to a nursing home because you have no idea what the subject is? The subject was cesarian sections…not President Biden and what you wish…wizkid! Either keep up with the topic or go back to your room in the cellar.

    • Jerry Endres

      Dennis are you a bigger moron or do you just pretend to be? You comment clearly shows that you need your head examined.If you don’t believe that Donald Trump was the most crooked politition since Richard Nixon (at least he had the common sense to resign the office of the presidency) you definately need your head examined. It is an utter travesty of justice that he isn’t being procecuted for his roll in enciting the the near anarchy he caused on Jan. 6th,2021. The fact that he was brought up on charges of impeachment twice, alone is beyond comprehension and reprehensible. It just goes to futher prove that the fat cat republicians certainly don’t have the best interest of the middle class in mind when they make their decisions. But, democracy rules and the people have spoken. Thank God!, we had the common sence to elect a good man like Joe Biden.

  4. Donna

    That’s the first C-section in the US. The procedure dates back to the Ancient Roman Empire.

  5. John Payne

    I always thought Cesarean sections were so named because Roman Emperor Julius Cesar was supposedly born by this method. I don’t know where I first learned this. I think my late father told me and he learned things from books. I guess things on the internet are more likely to be true than old fashion books!

  6. Tony Gwynn-Jones

    I always thought that Julius Caesar was the first Caesarian delivery –
    “Ripped untimely from his mother’s womb”

    • Christopher Riner

      Cesarean section has been part of human culture since ancient times and there are tales in both Western and non-Western cultures of this procedure resulting in live mothers and offspring. According to Greek mythology Apollo removed Asclepius, founder of the famous cult of religious medicine, from his mother’s abdomen. Numerous references to cesarean section appear in ancient Hindu, Egyptian, Grecian, Roman, and other European folklore. Ancient Chinese etchings depict the procedure on apparently living women. The Mischnagoth and Talmud prohibited primogeniture when twins were born by cesarean section and waived the purification rituals for women delivered by surgery.

      The extraction of Asclepius from the abdomen of his mother Coronis by his father Apollo. Woodcut from the 1549 edition of Alessandro Beneditti’s De Re Medica
      The extraction of Asclepius from the abdomen of his mother Coronis by his father Apollo. Woodcut from the 1549 edition of Alessandro Beneditti’s De Re Medica.

      Yet, the early history of cesarean section remains shrouded in myth and is of dubious accuracy. Even the origin of “cesarean” has apparently been distorted over time. It is commonly believed to be derived from the surgical birth of Julius Caesar, however this seems unlikely since his mother Aurelia is reputed to have lived to hear of her son’s invasion of Britain. At that time the procedure was performed only when the mother was dead or dying, as an attempt to save the child for a state wishing to increase its population. Roman law under Caesar decreed that all women who were so fated by childbirth must be cut open; hence, cesarean. Other possible Latin origins include the verb “caedare,” meaning to cut, and the term “caesones” that was applied to infants born by postmortem operations. Ultimately, though, we cannot be sure of where or when the term cesarean was derived. Until the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the procedure was known as cesarean operation. This began to change following the publication in 1598 of Jacques Guillimeau’s book on midwifery in which he introduced the term “section.” Increasingly thereafter “section” replaced “operation.”

  7. Carl Shepherd

    Does anyone Know if Julius Caesar’s mom lived?


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