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Whoa: This Doctor Delivered a Baby on FaceTime!

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It's been quite a week for surprise birth stories that inspire chills and nail biting.

Yesterday, I wrote about a mom who didn't realize she was so close to delivery—and ended up having her baby in the shower. (She named the baby Miracle, and both mom and newborn are doing fine.) That got me reminiscing about some other surprise birth stories I've covered, including the viral GoPro video that showed a mom's delivery on the sidewalk in front of the hospital, which still causes my heart rate to quicken.

Today's story is somewhat less shocking in that Newark, New Jersey, mom Keyanna Rivera was actually in a medical facility when her water broke... but she had just come for an office visit, and her doctor was not in the building!

With her ob-gyn finishing up a surgery at a facility about 20 minutes away, the doctor ended up resorting to FaceTime to supervise her medical assistants in delivering the baby, Yahoo! Parenting reports. Obstetrician Meena Devalla literally used the app to tell the team where to clamp, and what safety measures to observe. The whole thing was over within 30 minutes—and everyone is doing fine. Let's file that one under "Isn't technology amazing?!"

In one similarity to yesterday's case, the Newark mom was also delivering her fourth baby, which could be one reason why it all happened so fast.(It's called precipitous labor, btw.)

Duly noted. Consider the FaceTime story just one more reason to keep that phone fully charged at all times if you're close to your due date!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She's also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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