Jessa Duggar Seewald gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Thursday night, but following the home birth she suffered some complications. Mom Michelle Duggar feared Jessa was losing too much blood, so she called 911, and an ambulance arrived to bring Jessa Duggar to the hospital.
While talking on the phone to the 911 dispatcher, however, Michelle Duggar got her daughter’s age wrong.
The Daily Mail Online reports that Michelle Duggar was heard very calmly explaining to the dispatcher, “Mother is bleeding after birth. We need her to be checked out.”
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When asked by the dispatcher how old Jessa Duggar was, Michelle said 24.
Jessa Duggar actually turned 23 the day before her and Ben Seewald’s baby boy was born.
“There was quite a bit of blood when the placenta detached, but uterus is hard now,” Michelle Duggar told the dispatcher as the Duggar family awaited the ambulance.
“We’re massaging your uterus. Hang in there,” she was heard saying.
A minute later the 911 dispatcher asks if Jessa Duggar is still bleeding.
“No, she’s better now, just a lot of blood. She’s talking. Her color is good,” Michelle Duggar replied.
The operator then instructed Michelle to wrap the afterbirth in a towel for the doctor to examine to make sure it was all delivered.
When asked how the baby is doing, Michelle said, “Baby is doing wonderful. Baby is great.”
Jessa Duggar Seewald was due on November 1st, which was also her first wedding anniversary. When her birthday passed with no baby, she decided he was probably going to be big, and would come when he was good and ready.
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Baby Seewald, whose name has yet to be announced, weighed in at a healthy nine pounds, 11 ounces. He was 21 inches long.
Michelle knew to look for red flags following Jessa’s baby’s birth. After giving birth to 20 children (Michelle Duggar lost one baby, Jubilee Shalom Duggar), she surely knows when something isn’t quite right.
Jessa Duggar is likely grateful for her mom’s presence and her calm demeanor during Baby Seewald’s birth, and she probably laughs when thinking about her mother getting her age wrong during a moment of veiled panic.