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Deployed soldier coaches wife through delivery via Skype

By Jennifer Stagg | Posted - Feb 13th, 2013 @ 10:15pm


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AMERICAN FORK — Lying in a hospital bed, dog tags around her neck and a computer by her side, Katy Gibbs' life was about to change.

"I'm having a baby with my husband in Afghanistan," Katy said.

They never planned for this — a baby born while his father, Paul, an engineer in the Army Reserves, was serving overseas.

"The week after he left, to the day I found out I was pregnant," Katy said.

Katy has cared for their 3-year-old, and carried this baby alone, for all nine months. She's put on a brave face for all of the cravings, the pains, a few scares, preeclampsia, bed rest and now an induction. All knowing her husband would watch his son's delivery over the Internet.

"I love the makers of Skype," Katy said. "It's been really good to have Skype because he was there for the ultrasound and he got to see different things like that."

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Skype will allow him to be there, even though he's not.

"I'm just hoping the Internet doesn't cut out," Paul Gibbs said.

After nearly all day of labor, beautiful baby Everett Joseph made his grand entrance at Timpanogos Regional Medical Center, and at an army base camp in Afghanistan.

Just like that, the time difference, the distance, didn't seem so far. For a moment, a laptop and the Internet made it feel as though daddy had never left.

Paul hopes to be home in April. The first time he will be able to hold his baby boy will be when Everett is two months old.

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