Internet Brings Military Father to Delivery Room
CLEARWATER, Fla., (September 10, 2009)- He is being affectionately referred to as the “Webcam Baby.” On Friday, August 28th, Javier Alexander Molina entered this world at Morton Plant Hospital with the loving eyes of mother, Denise Behers, family members, medical staff . . . and daddy, who was thousands of miles away in Bagdad, Iraq. How was that possible? The proud father anxiously watched and coached on his fiancée through the world wide web.
Army Sergeant Antonio Molina’s opportunity to watch his son being born, while serving his country, was made possible by The Armed Forces Network and the use of a free internet phone service called Skype. The father and mother-to-be were able to talk and see each other through the entire birthing process.
Obstetrician Krista Kant, MD delivered Javier. It was her first “online delivery.” She has delivered many babies of military personnel in her career. “Typically, expectant moms want their partners by their side during the delivery for support. It’s not always possible. I think it was very comforting for Denise to be able to see and hear Tony in real time as they welcomed a new member to their family,” said Dr. Kant.
The connection was made possible using the hospital’s wireless internet access, a lap top computer with a HD video camera attached to it.
Javier was healthy, and weighed in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Molina will meet his son in person when he returns home for a visit in November.