U.S. Army Sgt. Tyler Bates' deployment to Iraq one month before his daughter was due to be born was heartbreaking for the soldier and his family.
"We begged and begged for Tyler to be able to stay here for our daughter's birth. He wanted to be here, but duty calls," his wife Kayli Bates said.
However, thanks to Skype, free software that allows users to make phone and video calls anywhere in the world, the couple was able to witness the birth of their child together.
After 18 hours of labor, the couple welcomed 7-pound, 2-ounce Sydney Claire Bates as the new addition to their family
"He was watching even when I was passed out from my medicine. He still sat there. He only got up like twice I think," Tyler's wife recalled. "The rest of the time he just was coaching me or telling me it would be okay."
"It wasn't the same as having your husband hold your hand and being able to hold the baby for the first time, but it was almost like having him here," Kayli said.
In about a month, the proud father will take leave and return home for two weeks to spend time with his wife and to see his new baby girl for the first time - in person.