The Duggar family have been in the news a lot over the past few weeks, due to the birth of Jill’s first child just after Easter and the premiere of the 19 Kids And Counting episode that focused on Jessa’s wedding to Ben Seewald, but now the headlines are focusing on Jill again.
Originally, Jill was supposed to have a home birth, but she ended up having her son Israel at a hospital because, after 70 agonizing hours of labor, the baby still wasn’t ready to come out. Jill’s doctors advised her to have a C-section, so she went ahead with the surgery. Little Israel was born on the day after Easter.
“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,” husband Derick told People Magazine.
After the painful and exhausting ordeal, Jill says she’s still planning on having as many children as she’s able to after doctors said she should be able to have a vaginal birth with no complications the next time around.
“It was confirmation for us that God was leading us. We were grateful for God showing us what to do in time…we told the doctor, ‘Stitch me up really well,’ ” Jill said. “The doctor told me he has no doubt I’ll be able to have a vaginal delivery the next time.”
Jill’s sister Jessa got some more of the spotlight this week after her wedding episode aired on TLC and fans finally got an in-depth look at what the ceremony was like. The reality star says she and Ben wanted things to be more personalized so they wrote their own vows, and saved their first kiss just for each other, exiting the altar to find a private room so they didn’t have to share it with the audience.