'19 Kids and Counting' Star Jill Duggar Had C-Section

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19 Kids and Counting Star Jill Duggar had her and Derick Dillard's baby, Israel David Dillard, via a C-section, answering at least part of the question fans have had about why she wound up having the baby in a hospital instead of at home as the midwife-in-training had planned.

Even though some hospitals advise against vaginal births after C-sections, Jill Duggar Dillard believes she and her husband will be blessed with many more children.

“The doctor told me he has no doubt I’ll be able to have a vaginal delivery the next time,” she said. “We told the doctor, ‘Stitch me up really well.”

The 19 Kids and Counting star endured about 70 hours of labor before the decision was made to deliver the baby via a C-section.

“She had labored for so long. There’s no shame in that, there’s no shame in not progressing, there’s no shame in getting a C-section,” Derick said.

“It was confirmation for us that God was leading us,” Jill said. “We were grateful for God showing us what to do in time.”

Israel David Dillard is the fourth grandchild for Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. Son Josh Duggar and his wife Anna have three, with a fourth on the way--meaning the 19 Kids and Counting patriarch and matriarch will have five grandchildren before the end of the year.

TLC is airing a very special episode of 19 Kids and Counting on May 5th, and it will feature the birth of Israel David Dillard. Jill Duggar Dillard’s labor and delivery will be highlighted during the show.

Are you surprised to learn the reason behind Jill Duggar giving birth in a hospital, instead of at home?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.