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After the ups and downs of early suspected pre-eclampsia, Emily went past her due date and started labor on her own. But after a high blood pressure reading and high protein in Emily’s urine screen, the hospital midwives thought it best to have her labor jump-started with an induction. After 20 hours, Emily was 6 cm dilated and her water broke with a laugh.

The midwife observed meconium in the water, which meant a little extra monitoring. After 24 hours of induction techniques and with the help of supportive nurses, midwife, and husband, Emily got an epidural. The subsequent 6 hours were calm, peaceful and relaxing as Emily labored in bed with a peanut ball.

After 30 minutes of pushing, Everleigh’s head was born. The midwife instructed Emily to stop pushing as she swiftly and gently removed the cord from around the baby’s neck: with one more push Everleigh was born. Despite fears from meconium, Everleigh cried right away and proved to be the strong, healthy baby girl Emily and her husband spent months praying for. Immediately after she was born, one of the delivery nurses excitedly exclaimed, “Wow she has such long toes!”

Emily Slyter Bio

Emily and her husband, Chase, live in Colorado and enjoy all it has to offer! They are new parents to a chubby-cheeked 7-month-old, Everleigh Grace, and are long-time dog parents to Dolly & Reba.

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