Published July 11, 2008
A Web cast from the maternity ward at a New York City hospital allowed a Marine stationed in Iraq to watch the birth of his newborn son from 6,000 miles away.
Lance Cpl. Michael Cintron, currently on active duty in Iraq, got to see his baby boy Michael James come into the world Tuesday at Brooklyn's Maimonides Medical Center, according to the New York Daily News.
The ecstatic 26-year-old father was not only able to hear his son's heartbeat but also watch the actual delivery via C-section thanks to the four-hour video conference, the News reported.
"Hi, I'm your daddy," Cintron said as he greeted the newborn, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces. "Look, your nose is squishy."
Cintron, of Staten Island, N.Y., learned of his deployment shortly after he and his wife Jeannine, 25, found out they were expecting.
"Pretty much throughout my entire pregnancy, I was most sad about doing [the birth] by myself," Jeannine Cintron told the News. "No, he couldn't hold my hand, but he was there for hours."
It was the hospital's first-ever video conference of a baby delivery.
The technology allowed Michael Cintron to watch every step of the process, from the time nurses wheeled his wife in to the delivery room to the time the C-section was actually performed.
"He got to see our son from 6,000 miles away," said Jeannine. "He actually saw the baby before I did. They put the Webcam up to the side with the baby."
The video conference was arranged by a nonprofit group called Freedom Calls, according to the News.