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This Badass Mom Stopped at the Polls to Vote While In Labor

Soshy Adelstein and Max Brandel

Soshy Adelstein and Max Brandel

While it’s easy to complain about the inconvenience of having to vote in between going to work, dropping your kids off at school (and picking them up), among all the other things you do each day (like eating), we really shouldn’t. Voting is important, especially in such tumultuous and contentious elections such as this. It’s also why one pregnant woman made sure to vote–even when she was in labor.

Soshy Adelstein was so determined to cast her vote that when she went into labor a couple days ahead of schedule, she stopped at her local polling place on the way to the hospital. How amazing is that?

Ironically, Adelstein’s due date was actually Election Day (talk about a historical baby!), but she woke up early last Friday morning with contractions. She and her husband, Max Brandel, took advantage of Colorado’s early voting laws (so lucky!) and made a pitstop at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s Office to drop off their ballots before their daughter, Bella Rose, was born.

According to The Huffington Post, Adelstein’s contractions were about seven to 10 minutes apart when they voted. The best part? The voting process took only 10 minutes. Of course, they took a selfie right after they voted to remember the moment–an important one for them both personally and nationally.

The parents were happy at the timing of Bella’s arrival, Brandel stating:

“It is very important to us that we bring our daughter in to a world and country we our proud of.

More than anything, our values demand that we stop men like Donald Trump from gaining power.”

Well said. Of course, no matter who you vote for, it’s important to stand up for your beliefs and to set an example to those around you. The first step to doing that is to vote.


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Joanna Valente

Joanna Valente is the Editorial Assistant at Kveller. She is the author of Sirs & Madams The Gods Are Dead, and Marys of the Sea (forthcoming), and received her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. You can follow her @joannasaid on Twitter, @joannacvalente on Instagram, or email her at joanna@kveller.com.

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