Jill Duggar: Son's Birth Brought Her Closer to Hubby Derick Dillard

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Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are much closer since the birth of their son, Israel David Dillard. The 19 Kids and Counting couple welcomed their baby boy into their world on April 6th. Jill experienced a total of 70 hours of labor before giving birth via a C-section.

Jill said in a recent interview with People magazine that Israel is "worth every single contraction."

Proud father Derick Dillard sang 'Jesus Loves Me' to his new baby while Jill Duggar was recovering from surgery.

"[It was] the song I'd sung to him every night when Jill was pregnant. I looked at him and thought, 'This is my son. I love this person,'" Derick said.

Jill Duggar is comfortably continuing her recovery at home these days, and nursing baby Israel. She has lots of help from her Duggar siblings, in addition to mom Michelle Duggar, dad Jim Bob Duggar, and mother-in-law Cathy Dillard. Even though a C-section wasn't what she and Derick had planned for, she claims she wouldn't change any of it.

"I love our birth story because it bonded us so well. It brought us through something amazing together," she said.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard's birth story will air on a special episode of 19 Kids and Counting on May 5th. Yes, the TLC cameras were present for a good deal of Jill Duggar's labor. They couldn't be there for the delivery because that required that she be wheeled into the operating room.

"It was a journey that we needed to go through," Jill Duggar says.

Fans are rejoicing right along with Jill Duggar, Derick Dillard, and the entire 19 Kids and Counting family on the arrival of Israel David Dillard, and are no doubt looking forward to the May 5th show.

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.