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Deployed Dad Sees Son’s Birth Live via FaceTime

New family uses technology to its own sweet benefit

Any mom in labor with her first child wants her husband by her side. There are times that just isn’t possible, though — especially for members of our military. So it’s amazing to see how some families improvise and make the most of it.

Grab a tissue and give yourself a minute to watch this beautiful birth story unfold.

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When Mariah Vaughan went into labor with the couple’s first child, her husband and high school sweetheart, Martin, was overseas in Japan. The couple, who are from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, had planned for Martin Vaughan to “be there” in the hospital via FaceTime if he couldn’t be there in person.

Labor lasted a full 31 hours, but Vaughan was there, the best he could be, and husband and wife were able to welcome their new baby boy into the world together.

Even sweeter, the new mom had asked her husband to wear a special shirt before he left. That way the baby would have something of his daddy’s to hold onto and smell, until Dad returned. With that shirt draped on the new mom’s shoulder — the baby put his cheek there right away.

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The three are still connecting daily through FaceTime, and Martin Vaughan says he can’t wait to get home to hold the couple’s new little boy. He is expected home from deployment this spring.

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