MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There are three events no parent wants to miss: Birth, graduation and wedding day.

One Minnesota father wasn’t about to miss the birth of his baby boy, even though he was serving in the military in Kuwait. With the help of Skype and a computer, James Robbins was able to watch his son’s birth even though he was thousands of miles away.

“It’s definitely the closest you can get to actually being there yourself,” said Robbins, a former Marine who is currently on assignment for the Department of Defense.

The baby came sooner than expected, giving Robbins no choice but to rush to his apartment and log online, making it just moments before birth.

“It’s amazing what technology can do that you can bring somebody from Kuwait all the way to Woodbury just to be present for a delivery,” said Alixandra Crepeau, a hospital worker who helped with the baby’s delivery.

After his son was born, nurses held the cell phone up close, for Robbins to say hello. It is the family’s second child. They already have a 3-year-old little girl.


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