By Kevin Goode, ParaglideAugust 24, 2012
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Aug. 24, 2012) -- Thanks to technology, military families who are separated by thousands of miles, vast countries and even wars can be brought together in an instant with just the push of a button.
For Jordyn Pritchard, a family member and new mom, taking advantage of that technology meant the difference between her deployed husband, Spc. Branden Pritchard being a part of the birth of the couples first child and missing out completely. Prichard, a medic, is deployed with the 274th Forward Surgical Team.
"We found out we were pregnant in December and decided we wanted to do maternity and deployment pictures because we knew he was deploying" said Jordyn.
Like many military families, the Pritchard's found themselves faced with the challenge of trying to keep both parents actively a part of the impending birth.
"I found a photographer on craigslist.com," said Jordyn. "We met up with her (Melissa Rees owner of Melissa Rees photography) and she did some really great pictures for us. We talked about how he (Branden) was going to be gone for the birth."
What started out as an effort to capture as much time together as a couple, turned into how they were going to make memories that included them together witnessing the birth of their first child -- Courtney Pearl Pritchard.
"I told them I would film the birth for her," said Rees, local birth and newborn infant photographer. I knew I just wanted somehow to make Jordyn's husband a part of this day."
During the birth, Rees not only captured moments of the event using her camera, she also used her Ipad to Skype broadcast a live feed of the birth for the couple.
"In the delivery room I was there more as a friend (first) and the photographer second because I really wanted to be there for her (Jordyn)," said Rees. "I really think people meet people for a reason. She has really opened my eyes up to a new adventure in photography now and I want to follow that."
Military families sometimes miss out on important moments, but thanks to technology, a father was able to be a part of his daughter's birth. My husband was so excited," said Jordyn. "He just stared at her (Courtney). He couldn't take his eyes off of her."