'19 Kids and Counting:' Why Didn't Jill Duggar Deliver Israel David Dillard at Home As Planned?

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19 Kids and Counting stars Jill Duggar Dillard and hubby Derick Dillard had long planned for a home birth to welcome their baby boy who was born on Monday. So why was Israel David Dillard born in a hospital instead of at home?

“Not everything went as expected,” Jill Duggar said in a video announcing Israel's birth.

Jill added that she used the Bible to help prepare herself for the delivery.

“We were reminded of the verse that the Bible talks about where man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. We were encouraged by that,” she said.

The 19 Kids and Counting star is studying to become a midwife, so she obviously knew if an issue arose that couldn't be tended to at home, that going to the hospital was best for her and their baby.

What's as precious as a sweet new baby!? Thank you so much for all of your prayers for Jill and baby Israel and for all...

Posted by Duggar Family Official on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The 19 Kids and Counting family has been instrumental in helping Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard settle in at home with their blessed bundle of joy. Between mom Michelle Duggar and dad Jim Bob Duggar, as well as several of the 19 Kids and Counting siblings who are willing to lend a hand--Jill and Derick's transition into parenthood will no doubt be a smooth one.

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.