Skype gets all kinds of uses, from the mundane (job interviews) to the miserable (breakups, ooof) to the naughty (oh, use your imagination). But one long-distance couple put Skype to work for them in the sweetest, most novel way ever — to stay connected during the birth of their baby on Nov. 21.
Capt. Michael Lowe-Farmer chatted regularly by video with his wife, Brooke Lowe-Farmer, during her entire pregnancy. The captain was deployed, but he wasn't about to miss the birth of his daughter. So when the time came, Brooke's OB-GYN, Dr. Molly Uhing, had no problem helping Brooke set up a laptop so Michael could be present for the big event.
“I kind of tried to be a little bit of a girlfriend-slash-doctor for her so that she didn’t feel all alone,” Uhing said to Sioux Falls' KSFY. “We had him on Skype on a laptop. And so we had this table set up over her knee so he could kind of see her."
Uhing definitely went the extra mile to be sure Michael had a fantastic view — better than front-row Knicks tickets — of his daughter Emmalynn's birth:
“And so then we had our little resident doctor basically, like, scrubbed out essentially, and was holding the laptop on my shoulder," said Uhing. "As I was delivering the baby, the computer was around and all the angles and [Michael] got a great view. I think he even saw the baby before Brooke even did on Skype abroad.”
Brooke was deeply moved by all the support from the medical staff.
“He was right there,” Brooke stated to KSFY. “That’s just a very amazing thing for a military spouse to know that I had his support all the way overseas and the doctors allowed that to happen by letting him Skype in to see our child be born.”
The Skyped birth was an extension of the prenatal care Brooke had already received from her very tech-friendly doctors — seriously, how awesome are they?
“[Doctors] actually let me take my iPad into every visit, every ultrasound, and talk to him like he was just right there in the room, ‘Hey Dad, how’s it going? How’s the weather over there,’" she said. "He just let him be a part of every visit and it was an amazing experience from that first ultrasound all the way through.”
“We’re just excited to get our family started,” Brooke told station KXXV. “[Michael is] a great… soldier and dad. I think Avera [the medical network], every step of my pregnancy, every step of this journey, they have gone above and beyond. They just made us feel special and made us feel welcome and knew that Michael was going to be included in her birth,” Brooke explained.
We'll say it again: best use of Skype EVER.
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