SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Dimitri Huckeba's first cry was heard across the country, thanks to Skype.
Dimitri's dad, Cody Huckeba, is in the U.S. Army, stationed in North Carolina. Sasha Huckeba was set to deliver their son in Springfield, close to her home, but Cody couldn't leave Fort Bragg. So RiverBend staff brought the birth to him using the video conferencing program.
"It was really exciting for him to be there, and doesn't have to hear about the story from everybody else," said Sasha Huckeba. "He still got to see it."
Using a small camera, hospital staff filmed the birth, and using Skype, streamed it live for Cody to see. Cody and Sasha could see each other on computer monitors, and speak to each other.
"You can see dad on the camera and you can see him crying, and you can see mom looking up at the camera," said Shelly Brackett, Labor and Deliver Coordinator at RiverBend.
Brackett is in a military family herself, and said not a single family has turned down using Skype during delivery if the father is away. Brackett was holding the camera during the Huckeba delivery so Cody could see and hear everything.
"He was definitely, definitely still there," said Sasha.
The new mother said having her husband on Skype in the delivery room was the next-best thing to actually having him there. And about 36 hours later, she got the best thing: her husband, in the flesh. Cody was able to leave North Carolina after the birth, and after 17 hours of flights and flight delays, he made it to the hospital.
He said he had watched the entire birth from his laptop in North Carolina.
"I was still hyperventilating, sitting at home on my couch," Cody said. "Watching my wife screaming at the top of her lungs across the country.
"Listening to him cry for the first time... it was nice, it was amazing, unbelievable."