Jade Roper Opens Up About Daughter Emerson’s Premature Birth: “She Would’ve Died”
Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert are opening up about the arrival of their sweet baby girl.
Emerson Avery Tolbert arrived a bit early — one month, to be exact — but her birth was filled with love, happiness, and many tears.
The new mama wanted to deliver Emmy at a birthing center, but she was unfortunately not far enough along when her water broke.
"I was using a mid-wife and I wasn't allowed to deliver at the birth center at 36 weeks. 37 [weeks] was the starting point,” she shared.
“If I was before, I was going to have to deliver at the hospital and that was one thing I did not want to do.”
Then, once officially in labor, the 30-year-old decided to go the all natural route and didn’t have an epidural.
"I will never forget the feeling of the baby's head come into the birth canal. It is the most intense pressure but it's the coolest feeling,” she shared.
“I was someone who definitely had a lot of pain… I was probably scaring the people down the hallway because I was screaming."
The Bachelor in Paradise star continued, "The feeling was so incredible and that's the reason why I chose to go natural and opt out of any kind of interventions or drugs.
“I wanted to experience that feeling. I want to feel connected to my body and my baby even though it was insanely painful for me. It was the most beautiful pain ever."
Though she was born a bit early, Emmy’s premature arrival may have actually saved her life.
A knot was found in her umbilical cord that “could've cut of all nutrients to Emerson and she would've died.”
"We are very lucky she came early or her nutrients, blood, and oxygen could've been completely cut off from her in the womb from the knot."
Thankfully, their 7-week bundle of joy is happier and healthier than ever!
Congrats again, Jade and Tanner!