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Soldier serves as labor coach via Web cam

June 18, 2009 at 3:42 PM   |   Comments

MONROEVILLE, Pa., June 18 (UPI) -- A 25-year-old Army National Guard sergeant helped with the birth of his daughter in Monroeville, Pa., despite being overseas in Iraq, his wife says.

Roxanne Allenbaugh said while her husband, Justin, is stationed in Iraq with the Pennsylvania Army National Guardsman, he was able to serve as her labor coach thanks to a Web cam, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said Thursday.

"He kept making sure I was OK," Allenbaugh said regarding the nine-hour labor she endured before giving birth to their daughter, Gemma Rose. "He kept saying that he loved me, and he was proud of me. It didn't feel like he was that far away."

A communications department worker at Monroeville's West Penn Hospital-Forbes Regional Campus helped set the Web cam birth up for the couple.

For Allenbaugh, having her overseas husband able to take part in Monday's birth was truly something special.

"If we wouldn't have done this, it would have been so hard on him," she told the Tribune-Review. "He would have been completely alone, other than some friends."

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