Baby and parents doing well after woman gives birth on I-35

Couple delivers baby during morning rush hour

AUSTIN - Minutes after a woman called for help along Interstate 35 as she was in labor Thursday morning, medics arrived to find that the woman had already given birth on the side of the road.

According to the Austin-Travis County EMS, they received the call at 4:53 a.m. Once medics got to I-35 near Airport Boulevard, they said the woman had already given birth.

The couple, Luis and Jazmin Martinez, said they never dreamed their new baby would be born in their truck on the side of a busy highway. 

"I was like, this is really happening," Luis said, with a huge smile on his face.

The 8 pound 1 ounce bundle of joy wasn't due until Sunday, but Jazmin started feeling contractions around 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

Luis rushed to get his wife from their home in Paige, which is about 45 minutes outside of Austin, to St. David's Medical Center downtown. They made it as far as I-35 and Airport Boulevard.

"She was like 'Stop, just stop, stop, stop!" Luis said. "She started coming out and I was like, freaking out. I just saw this much of her head, I was freaking out and dialed 9-1-1. When they answered, the baby was already out, I had to catch it."

He tied the umbilical cord with his headphones and wrapped his newborn baby girl, Julieta, up in his shirt. Then he called his mother.

"I called my mom and was like, 'Hey Mom, we just had the baby in the truck,' and she was like, 'Shut up,'" Luis said, laughing.

There were no complications with the birth and both the mother and baby are in good health, according to ATCEMS.

The proud, and exhausted, parents can't wait to introduce Julieta to the rest of their family. 

(© 2016 KVUE)


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