Mother gives birth after hours-long flood rescue

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by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN and KVUE.com Staff

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Posted on November 1, 2013 at 6:42 PM

AUSTIN -- One of the flood stories that captivated many people Wednesday night into Thursday morning was about the rescue of a mother in labor.

The anticipation of the birth of their second child peaked for Jamie and Mark Jatzlau on Halloween. But the scare they got had nothing to do with trick-or-treating. They certainly didn't expect the heavy rains and flooded roadways that nearly changed the course of their family history.

Crews were called to the family's home between two low water crossings on Spicewood Springs Road. The family made the call around 12:30 a.m. Paramedics said Bull Creek was already five feet over the low water crossings access at midnight.

"At that point the flood waters were up a foot and a half already at the low water crossings," said Jamie.

Her baby was already overdue.

"At that point my water hadn't broken yet," she said. "After my water broke I went into labor. Then it became a game changer."

Austin-Travis County EMS launched a boat, and STAR Flight was also called in to help. Crews made contact with the couple by phone at 1 a.m.

"I was scared as the night went on," said Jaime. "The first responders weren't able to get to us."

After a six-hour wait crews were finally about to reach the couple. By then contractions were two minutes a part.

"I'm just glad we didn't have to go to plan B, which was birthing at home," said Mark.

Jamie and Mark welcomed a healthy baby boy Halloween morning. They later learned a successful home delivery may have been impossible.

"His cord was wrapped multiple times around his neck," said Jamie. "The doctor said it was one of two times that she had to cut pre-delivery, so you never know those things ahead of time."

Trent Maverick Jatzlau was born at Seton Medical Center Austin weighing seven pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 20 inches long.

"Trent has origination of meaning like swift running waters," said Jamie. "We thought it was perfect."

The Jatzlaus didn't name him Trent because of what happened -- it's been one of their three favorite names all along. The other two? Cooper and Wade. 

So two out of three -- Trent and Wade -- are all about water. 

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