• Hurricane Irma: Baby born by flashlight during storm in Jacksonville

    By: Brittney Donovan , Action News Jax


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    A Jacksonville mother and baby are doing well after she gave birth by flashlight during Hurricane Irma.

    Cyrus Cruz says his girlfriend Kristin was 41 weeks pregnant when Florida began to feel the effects of Hurricane Irma.

    He said they joked Sunday about the baby coming during the storm. Then, Kristin went into labor.

    Her contractions started the morning of Sept. 11, as Hurricane Irma sent heavy rain and wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour to the Jacksonville area.

    Cruz says he and Kristin live in Mandarin. Their son was supposed to be delivered at the Birth Center of Jacksonville in Riverside, but they saw news reports on storm surge covering the roads with feet of water.

    "I see Margaret Street was flooded and didn't want to take the risk," Cruz said.

    They lost power as they prepared for an at-home birth.

    "No running water, no electricity, just generator and flashlight and candles," Cruz said.

    A midwife from the birth center came to their home despite down trees and power lines and flooding.

    She helped deliver baby Tavian by flashlight at 9:20 p.m.

    He weighed 7 pounds and 2 ounces and was 21 inches long.

    Cruz said it was a very exciting childbirth. Tavian joins big sister Alyssa and big brother Brandon. 

    "Thank you to Shae and Hope from Birth Center of Jacksonville for coming to the house to do a home birth despite down trees, down power lines, police roadblocks, floods and road debris. Truly above and beyond," Cruz said.

    He said his family got power back Tuesday night.

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