HANNIBAL — Army Capt. David Cooper was in Afghanistan when his daughter was born in Missouri. But thanks to technology, he was able to not only witness the birth but help coach his wife through labor.
Video conferencing software allowed Cooper to be laptop-to-face with his wife, Laurie, through the birth of Charlotte Rose on July 19 at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
Not that it was easy. The couple used Skype, a software application that allows for video conferencing. Throughout much of the day, they had trouble connecting. Thankfully, the software worked perfectly for the final two hours before the girl was born.
Laurie says she and hospital staff were able to see the sun come up in Afghanistan as the baby was being born just after dusk in Missouri.
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