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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  • by Erin Location: Mason, MI on Dec 23, 2010 at 12:22 PM
    What a great Sargent for letting him watch and be with his kids the WHOLE day! Congrats on the new bundle of joy, cant wait for daddy to meet the new little one!
  • by amanda Location: fowlervillr on Dec 23, 2010 at 09:10 AM
    Its wonderful to see a nice story like this. Glad this soldier was able to see the birth of his daughter. Thank you for all u do for the USA!
  • by stan on Dec 23, 2010 at 08:23 AM
    That is awesome! Thank you for your commitment to protecting our country and god bless you and your family!
  • by Lori DeLine Location: Clayton, MI on Dec 23, 2010 at 07:11 AM
    Thank you for covering the story of Soldier Views Daughter's Birth Over Internet. I am the mother of soldier, John DeLine who is stationed in Afghanistan and it was a true blessing to be able to have him inclcuded in the birth fo this daughter. Technology has certainly come a long way in 6 years and we are so thankful for that as it makes deployments so much easier for the families. We will be glad when he is able to return home to his family. Thank you again for covering this story and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.
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