Will You Skype, or FaceTime, Your Birth?

Apps to help you bridge the long distance on delivery day

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If a loved one can't be there when you deliver your baby, consider using Skype or FaceTime so he or she can share in your birth experience. To make sure the process goes smoothly, keep these apps and their features in mind:

Skype: You can download Skype to an iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, PC, Mac, Android or Kindle Fire HD. Both parties will need a mobile device or computer with an internal camera or a web camera hooked up for video to work both ways on Skype.

FaceTime, the free video calling system for any Apple device or computer (iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, iPod touch 4th generation or later, Mac with Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later) is similar to Skype and can also be used for international video calls as long as both devices are on a Wi-Fi network. (Note: FaceTime might not work if one party's phone was purchased or used in Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates.)

Talk to your doctor about your desire for a long-distance guest in the delivery room, and ask if you can practice your video calling from the hospital room during a prenatal visit. A troubleshooting trial run can relieve one potential stressor on delivery day.

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