Soldier Views Daughter's Birth Over Internet

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) -- Military service in Iraq forced John DeLine of Hudson to miss the birth of his first child. But six years on, technology allowed the Army reservist from Michigan to at least watch from Afghanistan and speak with his wife as child number three made her way into the world earlier this month.
John DeLine used Skype to be with his wife, Kathy, during Megan DeLine's Dec. 14 birth, according to The Daily Telegram in Adrian.
The Internet calling and video service allows two people with computers to call and see each other.
"It just made me feel so good that (John) still could be part of it," Kathy DeLine told the newspaper.
A cesarean was scheduled, making planning easier.
Kathy DeLine contacted her husband from Bixby Medical Center at 3 a.m. on Dec. 14. It was 12:30 p.m. in Afghanistan.
John DeLine's commanding officer allowed him to remain on the computer for the rest of the day with his wife and the couple's two older children, ages 6 and 5.
Doctors and nurses helped with the Skype transmission during the birth, Kathy DeLine said.
Megan was born at 10:03 a.m.
John DeLine was deployed in April with the 994th Engineering Battalion and last was home in July for two weeks. He will see his newest daughter in person when he returns home in February at the end of his tour of duty.


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