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Childbirth: Better with Kinect

April 1st, 2013 by

Kinect on white background


The recent bouts of snow across the country gave Elizabeth Clarke some much needed time to put her feet up and rest. Elizabeth, heavily pregnant at the time, decided to spend her afternoon relaxing the best way she knows; Indulging in some frantic Battlefield 3 multi-player.


After several hours of helicopters and headshots Elizabeth was about to come offline and settle down for the evening when suddenly her contractions started. After calling 999 she became aware of a potentially tragic situation; No ambulances could reach her due to the treacherous conditions. Despite her pleas to the operator they could make no guarantees as to when she’d be reached.

Thankfully for Elizabeth, and her yet to be born baby, her saviour had been listening to her entire conversation with the operator over the still open Xbox chat session. Isaac DeWitt had been expecting a much needed day off from his usual role as a midwife at Lancaster General Hospital, but when he heard the unfolding situation he knew he would have to take action.

Mother and Baby

Mum Elizabeth with Baby Zelda

Isaac quickly explained to Elizabeth that he would be able to talk her partner through the birthing process. After quickly jumping out of the public lobby and into a Kinect chat, her nervous partner Marcus donned the headset and started liaising with Isaac about what needed to be done. “Having the Kinect camera there was a massive help,” said the midwife, “I could ensure that Marcus was doing everything just as I asked..”

Incredibly, after a nervous hour and a half birth, Elizabeth and Marcus welcomed their first child into the world, a baby girl named Zelda in tribute to her parent’s fondness for gaming. The beaming mother said to us “I still can’t believe how lucky I was to be playing a game with a qualified midwife gamer!”

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One Response to “Childbirth: Better with Kinect”
  1. avatar Egg Daddy says:

    Lol. Very good guys. I very nearly fell for this one!

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