It didnâ€™t matter that Senior Airman Aaron Douglas was stationed thousands of miles away at an Air Force base in Misawa, Japan. He still was able to coach his wife, Roselyn Douglas, throughout labor at Oswego Hospital.
When Roselyn was admitted to the hospitalâ€™s maternity center, it was learned that her husband was in the military and stationed overseas. Soon afterward, Oswego Healthâ€™s information services and technology department was able to connect the expectant couple using video conferencing software.
â€œIt was really nice,â€ said Roselyn. â€œMy husband was able to encourage me during labor and was able to see the baby.â€ Serving as a coach in the actual labor room was sister-in-law Audrey Douglas.
The baby, Rose Douglas, weighing in at six pounds, eight ounces, was born at 5:41 p.m. on May 10. Joining Rose at home is a 16-month old brother named Daniel. The grandparents are Bruce and Dawn Douglas, of Oswego.
Ensuring the technology was available to the new parents was Josh Chiasson, a network administrator. â€œThis software made the miles disappear and provided the couple with some special moments,â€ Chiasson said. â€œI was glad to help make it happen and to allow a member of the military be a part of their childâ€™s birth.â€
In the upcoming weeks, Aaron Douglas will see his newborn daughter in person as he will be discharged from the Air Force sometime in June.
Oswego Healthcare system includes the Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, as well as health services centers in Mexico, Parish and now Phoenix. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org.