Mom Makes It Possible for More Military Dads to See Their Kids Being Born

c-sectionMost moms can't imagine giving birth without the father of their baby present, which is why 32-year-old Erin Zimbelman was thrilled when her husband, Jon Zimbelman, watched the birth of their twins via Skype -- all the way from Iraq.

Jon works in Iraq as a contractor in the private sector, and up until a few hours before Erin's scheduled c-section, he wasn't sure if he was going to be permitted to be "present" as his babies made their entrance into the world. Sure, there have been other fathers, mainly members of our military, who have watched their children's births via Skype in the past. But since these babies were being delivered via Cesarean, getting approval from the hospital to allow an Internet connection in the operating room was a definite issue.


And of all people, the anesthesiologist was the one who had to make the final call. Luckily, he agreed, and when Erin was brought into the operating room -- so was an iPad, which allowed Jon to be with his wife when twins Braylon and Brielle were delivered, even if he couldn't be there physically.

Erin and Jon must be pretty unselfish people, because instead of being sad about not being able to be together in the room when their babies were born, they're hoping the experience will allow other parents the same opportunity. Erin said:

I hope other people will be able to do it, or that hospitals won’t say 'no' right away. That was my main concern. No one gave me an answer until the day of, a couple hours before we were doing it all, so it was really nerve wracking.

Of course, even though Jon got to see his babies take their first breaths, it still must be incredibly tough for him to be all the way over in Iraq while they are at home in Montana with Erin. And as much as he'd probably like to be on a plane home tomorrow to be with them, Erin must be equally as anxious for their family to finally be reunited. Adjusting to being a new mom of twins can't be an easy feat, even though Erin admits she's been blessed with a couple of great sleepers.

I can't even imagine how I would've handled my son's delivery if my husband hadn't been right there by my side. But I guess you have to make the best of whatever circumstances you are dealt, and I'd like to think that the hospital would've allowed us some sort of alternative had he been living overseas at the time. No parent should ever be kept from such a life changing moment, regardless of where in the world they happen to be at the time.

If your husband were overseas, would you still want him to watch your baby's birth via Skype?


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