Denise Behers, of Clearwater, holds her new son, Javier Alexander Molina, while his grandmother Charlotte Thurkhill, left, and sister-in-law Barbie Behers enjoy the family moment.
Photo courtesy of MORTON PLANT HOSPITAL
Army Sgt. Antonio Molina seen here on a laptop monitor takes part in the birth of his son thanks to The Armed Forces Network and the use of a free internet phone service called Skype.
CLEARWATER - On Friday, Aug. 28th, Javier Alexander Molina entered this world at Morton Plant Hospital with the loving eyes of mother, Denise Behers, family members, medical staff and daddy, who was thousands of miles away in Bagdad, Iraq, watching every minute.
Javier is being affectionately referred to as the “Webcam Baby” because his proud father anxiously watched and coached his fiancée through the Internet.
Army Sgt. Antonio Molina’s opportunity to watch his son being born, while serving his country, was made possible by The Armed Forces Network and the use of a free internet phone service called Skype. The father and mother-to-be were able to talk and see each other through the entire birthing process.
Obstetrician Krista Kant, M.D. delivered Javier. Kant has delivered many babies of military personnel in her career. Javier was her first “online delivery.”
“Typically, expectant moms want their partners by their side during the delivery for support. It’s not always possible. I think it was very comforting for Denise to be able to see and hear Tony in real time as they welcomed a new member to their family,” Kant said.
The connection was made possible using the hospital’s wireless Internet access, a laptop computer with a HD video camera attached to it.
Javier was healthy, and weighed in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Molina will meet his son in person when he returns home for a visit in November.
Kant is a physician with Lerner, Rudolph, McCance, Connor & Associates-Clearwater. All physicians with are board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility and is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla.