Military Dad Takes Part in Delivery Via Skype

RALEIGH, N.C. — Technology made it possible for a military dad to see his son being born on Mother’s Day. Staff Sgt. Theron Scott is stationed in Afghanistan.

Scott was able to coach his wife Amie through delivery of their son William by using Skype.

“You know, during the whole process, it was great. It was really great,” said new mom Amie Scott.

“Being able to get on Skype and see the baby born was the closest thing that I could possibly imagine without actually being there,” said new dad Staff Sgt. Scott.

The couple’s midwife at Carolina Women’s Health suggested it after helping other military couples in the same situation.

“It’s just wonderful for bonding and for participation in a birth that ordinarily they would not be able to,” said Rita Kelly, Certified Nurse Midwife.

The new dad said he had mixed emotions about becoming a new dad.

“It was scary and exciting all at the same time,” he said. “Scary for the simple fact I am now responsible for another human being, but exciting that I am responsible for another human being.”

Now, the new mom says she can’t wait for her husband to return to the U.S. and start caring for their newborn. This is the fourth Skype birth for the hospital.

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