I posted the above link a couple of nights ago while my girlfriend was in the delivery room about to deliver our sweet little girl Eliot. I was sitting there wishing that more people could join us. I wanted to record the whole thing but I knew no one would want to watch it afterwards and then it hit me, I had a ustream broadcast app on my Mac. So I fired up the app and started broadcasting. During those “private” moments I would close the lid of the laptop so that no one could see anything they shouldn’t see and during the actual birth I closed the lid but allowed the audio to continue streaming.
I tried to play commentary as much as possible and keep everyone updated. It was much easier doing it that way then having to send out a million individual text messages. In the end I think it was a huge success and have gotten a lot of positive feedback. Everyone who was watching at the time of birth got to hear Eliot’s first cry.
To my knowledge, no one else in my little town has done anything of the like. So I would like to think I was the first to broadcast a live birth over ustream from Cleveland, TN.
Note: I did not violate any hospital policy which prevents video and stills to be taken during the birth since I turned the camera away and simply allow the audio to stream.
Thank you to everyone who was able to share such a sweet moment with us. Eliot is very healthy and so far she seems as happy as a two day old can be.
Today will be the day that little Eliot enters the world.
Yesterday was Annie’s due date but due to the poor weather conditions the doctors office was closed. We contacted the doctors office today and they told us to come in. Had it not been for a little bit of high blood pressure they probably would have sent her home. As I type I am sitting in an uncomfortable hospital room chair waiting on the Dr. to come in and break her water….more later
A message to my fellow law enforcement and sailor friends:
Sheila Jetton is a friend and co-worker of mine. She is a police officer with the Chattanooga Police Department and she is also a Second Class Petty Officer in the Navy Reserves. The below email was written by our Navy Ombudsman and gives more details then I ever could.
“Sheila Jetton is a member of NOSC Chattanooga. She is also a proud mother to a beautiful baby girl named Elizabeth. Elizabeth was born on Dec 30th, 2009. She has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis, abnornal lung growth, failure to thrive, global developmental delays, inominiate artery syndrome, and a neuronal migration disorder. While Elizabeth lives with her mom and dad in Chattanooga, they are currently in Tx at a children’s hospital waiting and hoping for a lung transplant. Elizabeth is about the happiest baby you could ever hope to meet, and she doesn’t let her fierce battle against these life threatening conditions break her smile at all. She just celebrated her first birthday, and with our help, and God’s help, she can celebrate many more!
As you can imagine, this family is facing tremendous odds right now. On top of medical expenses, there are the travel expenses to and from hospitals, some hospitals being hundreds of miles away from where the family lives. There are also the normal day to day living expenses that we all incur.
There are several ways you can help this family, the most important being to lift them up in prayer. Other ways you can help them are: donate to any SunTrust Bank, under the Elizabeth Jetton Trust. There are also several fundraisers for Elizabeth coming up. The one this week will be held Thurs, Jan 6th, at 6pm at Middle Valley Church Of God. It’s 5 dollars per person, and that will include a spaghetti dinner, along with dessert. There will also be a silent auction held at the dinner. As I get more information on future fundraisers for Elizabeth I will pass them along. Below are links to Elizabeth’s Caringbridge website, and a link to an interview on Channel 3 WRCB, which featured a story on little Elizabeth and her brave battle.”