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Deployed Airman witnesses child's birth on Internet

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Spokane family used the World Wide Web to unite their family half a world away when an Air Force Staff Sergeant was deployed overseas during the birth of his daughter.

Jeremy Licha planned on returning to Spokane before his wife Jennifer gave birth, but Jennifer went into labor early.

The couple used a laptop computer and web camera to unite the family during the birth of baby Jaelynn last week.

"The nurses were able to talk to him and explain exactly what's going on," said Jennifer. "Everybody was really good about keeping him informed."

"It's truly incredible that it's so far away and yet I'm in the room seeing everything live and in real time," said Jeremy who returned to Spokane on Sunday night having already seen his daughter. "It's an amazing experience just to have a kid and to miss anything? Just, no way."

Administrators say it is the first case they know of where a web camera was used to introduce a new baby to its parent.

"I think I'm more involved in my child's first part of her life than I would have been I would have been," said Jeremy.

Jaelynn was born early, but her family hopes she will be able to leave the hospital this week.

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