THE BRONX (PIX11) – At 12:07 pm on Monday, 25 year old Denise Martinez was hooked up to an I-V drip and a heart-monitoring machine at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, awaiting the birth of her third child.
Doctors had started inducing labor at 7 am, New York time. More than three thousand miles away, Catherine—the Duchess of Cambridge—was going through her own labor pains at St. Mary’s Hospital in London.
When asked who would give birth first, Denise Martinez quipped, “I hope I do. The pain is horrible.”
Martinez had already given birth twice before, with 14 hours of labor for her five year old daughter and 34 hours for her two year old son. This time, she would need a C-section to bring her infant girl, Kayleen Cartagena, into the world at 3:55 pm on Monday, July 22nd. She didn’t give birth before Kate, the popular wife of Britain’s Prince William. But she did beat the Duchess in one, significant way: Martinez’s baby weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces—one ounce more than the royal baby boy!
Lincoln Hospital delivers an average of 2,500 newborns a year, and Dr. Khaldun Ferreira, the Chief Resident of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said the experience never gets old.
“Being a participant in any delivery—anywhere in the world—is always a miraculous event,” Ferreira told PIX 11. “We see a lot of patients, but for that patient, it’s a memory you’ll have the rest of your life.”
Clover McDonald, the head nurse in the Lincoln Hospital Labor and Delivery unit, had everything set up in Martinez’s room for the birth to happen right there. But when the baby was discovered in a “breach” position, the decision was made to bring Martinez to the surgical unit for a C-section.
When we’d asked Martinez if she had any advice for the first-time parents, William and Kate, she said, “Enjoy them while you can! They grow up so fast.”