A pregnant Colorado woman did not let going into labor stop her from exercising her civic duty to vote in this general election.
Before making it to the hospital, Soshy Adelstein and her husband Max Brandel made a pit stop to the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office to vote early after she’d gone into labor on Nov. 4.
When the couple dropped off their ballots, they took a photo in front of an “I Voted Today!” backdrop at the designated “selfie station.”
In the picture, Adelstein’s expression appears to show a combination of excitement and agony, probably in the midst of some gnarly contractions.
Perhaps Adelstein's look up to the sky is actually a sigh of relief for finally lifting the weight of voting off of her shoulders on the very day that she would also be lifting some weight off her torso.
According to The Huffington Post, the couple arrived at the clerk’s office around 11 a.m. and the voting process went smoothly, taking only about 10 minutes — which is great, since by that time Adelstein’s contractions were approximately seven to 10 minutes apart.
After they made it to Boulder Community Health Foothills Hospital, Adelstein gave birth to their baby girl at 12:59 a.m. on Nov. 5.
Speaking about why casting their votes was so vital, Brandel said, “It is very important to us that we bring our daughter into a world and country we are proud of.”
“My wife and I are both small business owners,” he explained, noting that he’s a registered psychotherapist in private practice, while his wife is a holistic health coach working with women struggling with emotional eating. “We feel this is an unusually important election that’s going to affect us on a personal level.”
If you’re wondering who they were in such a hurry to vote for, the couple said they “voted blue,” as their values align more closely with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
“More than anything, our values demand that we stop men like Donald Trump from gaining power,” they reportedly said.
They named their daughter Bella Rose Brandel, with the nickname “Rosey” for short. In a plea to their fellow Americans, the new parents issued a call to, “Please go vote for all the Roseys of the world.”
Their determination to make sure their voices were heard is a very clear indication of just how important this election is.
With the 2016 election finally coming to an end, let’s all hope baby Rosey gets to spend her first years of life under the leadership of the nation’s first female president.
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