Soldier Witnessing Son's Birth Via Skype Will Make You Weep (VIDEO)

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brock howlandI can't imagine not having my husband with me in the delivery room when I give birth. But for some women, like the wives of those in the military, that's not always an option. Because of the nature of their spouse's work, these brave ladies sometimes have to go it alone. And it stinks. For both parties. But that's where the next best thing comes in -- Skype.

Specialist Brock Howland, who is currently stationed in Afghanistan, wasn't able to physically attend the birth of his son, but he did get to witness it, thanks to technology. Howland Skyped with his wife, Mary, throughout the entire delivery. He said of the experience, "Basically the whole time I could see Mary. I could see whomever was on the other side." And Mary said, "To have his support was the world. It felt like the other part of my heart was here."

I meeeaaannn ... could this be any more touching and heart-warming? Love! Check out the video.

So amazing. It really seems like it's the next best thing to actually being there. So great that Brock got to see his child come into the world -- and that Mary got to have her husband (virtually) with her. Tear.

How amazing is this? Who did you have in the delivery room with you when you gave birth?

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Chantel Mora Edwards

Its NOT only ARMY wives that have to go though this. I am an AF wife and will have to experience this same thing in July due to my husband being deployed.

Tammy... TammyHypes

The video is sweet!  The people I had the first time was my husband, my mom and my dad.  About 10 years earlier my parents lost their onl;y grandson, so I felt that they really needed to be with me.  23 hours later God blessed us with a son!  I had to have a c-section but when they wheeled my son out I heard all the way in the O.R.  "Hot Damn we have a boy!"  If you knew my mom you'd know she never cusses!  The entire op team burst out laughing.  She told me later that the grandson she lost appeared to her in a dream and told her that I was having a boy.   

KWnav... KWnavywife

I was very fortunate to have my husband home for all three of our births. He left not long after the second and third but at least he was there when they came into the world.

Amand... AmandaSnyder

Wow I can remember my husband being deployed on a ship two years ago and him not being there.  It was hard and he didnt get to see him born but he got a picture and high fives from the group.

nonmember avatar Kristen Baker

I am a military spouce. 2 months before my husband deployed we found out we were pregnant again. We already have a son. When patrick left I was excited to know he left me with the most precious gift of all, another child. I was strong at first saying 'i could do this alone'. The closer it came to my delivery it really started to effect me that my husband wasn't going to be there. This time around, we were having a girl. We knew we were done having kids since we have our boy and now were having a girl. When I delivered I had my step mom in the room. She left about an hour afyer delivery when mmy daughter went to get her vitals checked. I was alone when my daughter stopped breathing. My daughter was in the nicu and stopped breathing a few times. I was alone and it was the scariest thing I have ever been though. Not only should my husband have been there, but my own family wasn't even there for me. I had made the trip from texas to pennsylvania so I would have support from my family. So these stories of how military women are so strong having babies while their men are deployed really is true. I lived it first hand and I have certainly come out a better person for it. My husband met his daughter when she was 2 months old and it was instant love. She has him wrapped around her little finger. Today my daughter is 13 months old and we've had to daddy home for the past 7 months.

Vanessa Hartman

I gave birth to my Daughter July of 2010 while my husband was deployed and not only could he not be there but he was stuck in the middle of the ocean and not even able to view the birth on Skype. He got a picture in his email of her and that had to do until he met her when he got home 5 and 1/2 months later. Daddy is home now and life could not be better. we are expecting #2 here in a couple of weeks and we are so excited we are all together for it! :)

Leele... Leelee1008

Very sweet.  The only child that my DH got to be in the delivery room with was our DD who was born last January. It was so much better to have him there with me, supporting him, and him getting to hold his child right away.

Skype is a great thing for families that have spouces or S/O's that can not be there for a special day. When my Friends soon to be ex Husband was in Iraq, he missed christmas, the 1st ever. so they skyped and he got to see the kids open their presents. It is a great thing, but the kicker part is, they cant hold that special bundle of joy right away :( 


Destiny Hall Lewis

*sniff* *sniff* I love soldier videos. I am a sobbing mess right now as I prepare to send my husband back to Afghanistan less than 10 months after he returned. LOVE your videos Nicole whether they be pets, or soldiers. ;-) Thank you!

ariesp19 ariesp19

you know, as happy as this makes me, it also kinda pisses me off..... dh was deployed while i was on moderate bedrest with the twins... the twins were born about a month after he left via c/s.....  the hospital.. military hospital.... would not let us skype at all.... we had to beg just to be able to post pics on fb for my dh!

im happy for this couple, i just wish that they let more couples do it

Anita Lynn Thompson

I think that it is so unfair when our husbands are not able to be in delivery with their gf or wife when they are having their baby. Thank God for the internet. My son was in the AF and he would take deployment for ppl when they were just married, getting married or close to having a baby or just had a baby. He didnt want those ppl to miss out on any of that. He was hurt on his last deployment and ended up being released from the AF. He felt that if he wasnt bleeding someone else needed the ride home. He can barely walk most days and our government is giving him the run around, but he gave 8 years of his life and 8 deployments to our country. So, for those who didnt miss their wedding, the birth of their child because he took your deployment, I am so proud of him for that.

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