Brooks Lindsey desperately wanted to be there when his wife, Haley, gave birth to their baby girl. Unfortunately, when the time came to meet his daughter for the first time, the soldier was stuck inside an airport, as his flight from his base in Texas to his home in Mississippi was delayed. And the baby couldn’t wait.
“I went to my normal doctor appointment Thursday morning thinking I would be scheduled for an induction for a week out,” Haley said. “Brooks and I have been practicing my call to the Red Cross because we heard it was really hard to get men home for births and we were told the only way it would actually work is if I was in distress, so we were pretty upset about that because I was not having any issues with pregnancy other than a little high blood pressure. To continue, at my appointment my blood pressure was very high, and they did blood work and sent me home.”
About an hour later, Haley received a call from her doctor, who explained that because of her high blood pressure, she would need to come back to the hospital that day to be induced.
“I called Brooks frantic and he was so excited!” she said.
She then called the Red Cross to ask as per military protocol to send the soldier home for the birth. But because Brooks’ flight was delayed, he had to watch the birth via Facetime on his phone while a woman travelling with him filmed his emotional reaction.
“Brooks was telling me it was okay, and I was doing so good and I heard him wincing and saying ‘wow!’ through my pushes,” Haley recalled. “I could hear people in the airport talking and cheering!”
“Brooks then went on to say that they were making him board and needed to get off as soon as she finally started to crown and all I remember was my doctor screaming ‘Don’t let him board the flight! She’s here! She’s here!’ So, the airport personnel let him sit there and watch till it was over,” she added.
Watch as Brooks witnesses the birth of his daughter, Millie Fritz Anne Lindsey, in the video below.
Here’s the video of Brooks Lindsey watching Millie come into the world 💞
Posted by Haley Fritz Anne Lindsey on Saturday, May 5, 2018