JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Josh Smothers is part of the 1039th engineer company and is currently stationed in Afghanistan. When he left in August, his wife, Mallory was 6 months pregnant.
Though Mallory said she hoped Josh would be home for the birth of their daughter, they made a "Plan B" just in case. "Plan B" was for Josh to be "there" for the delivery, while thousands of miles away.
Sunday night, Mallory gave birth to Allie. Josh was able to be in the room via Skype. Mallory told Region 8 News she wished Josh could have been there in person, but she was glad he could still be with her.
"It's just very special. It's a once in a lifetime moment for each child and we're just glad that he got to see it," she said "Even if it was such a distance between us."
Mallory said not only did this help them, but will help other soon-to-be moms in the 1039th as well.
"technology has definitely come a long way and it's helped military families, like myself, get to do this. It'll help out a lot of women in the 1039th as well that are about to have their babies," Mallory said.
Allie is spending a couple of days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with a mild infection. Mallory said they're hoping Allie will be all better by Wednesday.
This is the second birth via Skype to happen at St. Bernards. The other family is a military family as well, with the husband stationed in Afghanistan with the 1039th.
Mallory said they anticipate Josh being home sometime next spring. By then, Allie will be roughly 6 months old but Mallory said she and Josh plan to Skype until then so he can still watch his baby girl grow older.