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Military dad watches birth over Internet

Military dad watches birth over Internet

by Elizabeth Fay

WAUSAU (WAOW)--Hunter Guckenberg couldn't wait to come into the world. His mother, Jennifer Guckenberg, gave birth to him nearly two weeks early. When Jennifer went into labor, her husband Sean Guckenberg was serving in the military in Kuwait. He quickly made arrangements for a flight home, but Hunter was already on his way.

So, Sean sat down in Baghdad International Airport, grabbed his laptop and connected with his wife through a video chat service called Skype "We were able to Skype and I was right there next to her in the delivery room and watch Hunter come into the world," says Sean.

"There was a lot of commotion but in the midst of it all but every now and then I could hear him you know, saying that I was doing a good job and that he was proud of me," explains Jennifer.

"Oh man, it was an emotional roller coaster. Not only was I fighting with not being able to be there and hold her hand and stuff, but the Internet kept kicking me off."

After 16 hours of labor, Hunter decided it was time. That's when the Internet connection stayed strong for Sean to see his son's first moments.

The family made Aspirus Hospital history."It was Aspirus' first time ever having a Skype even used for a whole delivery," says Jennifer. Sean will spend the next two weeks with his family before he heads back to Kuwait. "I don't have to worry about things and I can just be a father and a husband again," says Sean.

Then he'll hope for a strong Internet connection to witness more of his son's precious moments. "It's Amazing how technology has grown so much to be able to keep Military Families in connection with each other," says Jennifer.

Online Reporter: Elizabeth Fay


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