It was a new first, something that had never before happened in the Harvey County Detention Center.

For the first time in the jail's history, an inmate gave birth.

The woman, whose name is not being released, gave birth by caesarean to a healthy baby boy Friday night at Newton Medical Center, Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said. She was taken to the hospital Thursday morning.

Two armed guards stood by during the delivery, not because they thought she would try to get away, but because it is standard protocol, Walton said. The woman is a federal inmate, and federal marshals will pick up the medical bill.

The inmate was taken back to the detention center Saturday.

"She's being well taken care of," Walton said.

Arrangements had been made in advance for the woman's sister to take the baby. She took the child home with her Sunday.

Walton praised Advanced Corrections Medical, the company the sheriff's department contracts with to provide medical care to inmates.

"They had this from the beginning," Walton said. "They were outstanding."

Walton acknowledged that it is difficult for the inmate to be separated from her baby.

"However, she'll eventually get out," he said. "She will be reunited with her son. It's not the greatest thing, but it's not the worst. It's not like the baby was taken into DCF custody. He's with family."