Loveland soldier watches daughter's birth from Afghanistan

8:25 PM, Aug 31, 2013   |    comments
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LOVELAND, Colo. - Technology helped a member of the Colorado Army National Guard witness the birth of his daughter.

"She's very good looking, a lot more good looking than me, Spec. Hanif Cotton said. "Probably because of her mom. I think she's going to be a heartbreaker, that's for sure."

Spec. Cotton is serving in Afghanistan, but thanks to Skype he was still with his wife Danielle for the birth of Nyemah at the McKee Family Birthing Center in Loveland on Thursday. They had been planning it for months.

"When I was about 20 weeks pregnant I came over to the hospital and asked them if they could get something set up so we could do this," Danielle said. "So they had no problems getting it all set up for us."

When Danielle checked Thursday, she worked with McKee Medical Center staff to establish an internet connection so that Hanif could watch the birth over Skype.

"Wonderful to have him with us, you know," said Danielle.  "He got to see the experience. He loved it. Like I said a few years ago, we wouldn't have been able to do this."

For about five hours Hanif offered words of encouragement and support and eventually helped welcome Nyemah into the world.

"It was great, it was good as far as morale, I got to see my daughter born, "said Hanif.  "I didn't think that was possible. It was as though I was there, I didn't get to touch her or anything, but you know, it did the job, definitely."

She joins two older brothers at home, 2-year-old Romulus and 7-year-old Melakai.

Danielle says her husband has served active duty for 12 years and in the National Guard for 16 years. He was deployed to Afghanistan in April, and is expected home before Thanksgiving.

"He wouldn't have gotten to see her probably until he got home or just through pictures in the mail or something, said Danielle.  "It would've taken a lot longer and he got to be a part of it and still be here and get to meet her right away."

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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