NHRMC uses technology to connect family during child birth

Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Technology allowed one Grandmother who needed surgery to witness the birth of her first grandchild at New Hanover Regional Medical Center Thursday.

Peyton Rose wasn't due until August 24, but decided to make her way into the world August 11, which was the same day her grandmother was having a hysterectomy.

Doctors at the hospital were able to use a web cam in the delivery room so that Peyton's grandmother didn't miss the birth.

Peyton's mother, Jamie Spaulding, said she was nervous to give birth without her mother by her side but was reassured when doctors connected them through technology.

"I was nervous. I was scared. I wanted her to be there," said Jamie Spaulding.  "I was definitely petrified that she wasn't going to be able to be next to me, but it was nice knowing that she was watching. It made me at least feel a little bit more at ease."

Peyton's grandmother, Sandy McCluckey, said she was excited to take part in her granddaughter's birth.

"I've had two children of my own - Jamie, and I have a son as well," said McCluckey.  "And I never got to see either of them born. Being a mom in labor, you don't see that. It's important to experience it for your grandchildren."

Nurses at New Hanover Regional Medical Center said the web cams are usually used for mothers with premature babies, and are a way for fathers who are overseas fighting to witness their child's birth.

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