Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital

Sandra Cartagena works as a security officer at a hospital in Texas and until recently had only seen babies delivered on television.

But on Oct. 11, she played a key role in bringing a baby girl into the world, in a “rare” experience for Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital in the suburb southwest of Houston.

It was the 30-year-old’s day off soshe decided to pick up an overnight shift, she told McClatchy News. At around 4 a.m, an hour before she got off work, Cartagena heard a report of a woman in labor coming into the hospital, and she made rounds around the hospital grounds when staff couldn’t find the pregnant woman.

She eventually found the woman, Morgan Lee, crying out in pain and laying on a sidewalk outside the hospital. Lee, an El Campo resident, had previously given birth to two children, and drove from an hour away to get to the hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Lee yelled to Cartagena, and said the baby was on its way — soon.

“That’s when I knew, she felt it, she knows herself — the baby is about to come,” Cartagena said.

The officer called for help on her radio, and Lee’s water broke. But before help arrived, the baby began to crown — faster than Cartagena expected.

Baby Charlie, at six pounds and 11 ounces, was then born on the sidewalk, delivered by Cartagena.

Cartagena, who does not have any children of her own, said she’d “never witnessed anything like that, besides in television.

“I thought the baby would come out slowly, but no, the baby decided it was going to come out,” Cartagena said.

Now, Cartagena is on Charlie’s birth certificate because she delivered the baby.

Where the doctor’s name is typically located on the birth certificate, “Dr. Sandra Cartagena” is written.

“When I got the call I was at home, and they told me they needed to verify how to spell my full name,” she said. “and I thought, ‘Wait, how is that possible?”

Cartagena has been with the hospital’s security for the last seven years, and says she hasn’t experienced anything as exciting as delivering a baby.

“I’m going to be on this baby’s birth certificate for its entire life,” she said. “It’s really cool.”

This story was originally published October 29, 2021 12:04 PM.

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Mariah Rush is a National Real-Time Reporter. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has previously worked for The Chicago Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer.


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