Jessa Seewald Breaks Silence on Emergency Trip to Hospital Following Baby's Birth

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Jessa Seewald is breaking her silence about her emergency trip to the hospital following the birth of her baby boy last Thursday.

Ben and Jessa Seewald welcomed a nine lb., 11 oz. son who measured 21 inches in length nearly a week ago, in a home birth. Following the birth, former 19 Kids and Counting matriarch Michelle Duggar called 911, telling an EMS dispatcher that her daughter was losing a lot of blood.

"Labor is hard," Jessa Seewald tells People magazine in her first interview since the still unnamed Baby Seewald arrived. "It was very intense, very long. Everything was different than I expected."

After 10 hours of intense labor, Jessa nearly threw in the towel on her home birth plans.

"I said, 'That's it! I'm done! I am going to the hospital and I'm going to get an epidural,' " she says. "They asked me if I really wanted to do that and I said, 'No, I don't, but I do.' I wanted to try natural if at all possible."

New dad Ben Seewald admits watching Jessa in pain wasn't easy either.

"I was trying to keep it positive...there were a few times, she was like, 'I can't do this,'" he says/

Jessa Seewald was fully conscious when Michelle Duggar called 911, per the advice of Jessa's midwife.

"I tried to keep my head, I was awake and alert," Jessa recalls.

She says the hardest part of going to the hospital was leaving her newborn baby behind.

Jessa Seewald was in serious condition, however. She required a transfusion and an overnight at the hospital because of how much blood she lost. Doctors don't like to give transfusions unless patients are in very precarious medical situations.

Now feeling great--or at least putting on a good front for the press--Jessa Seewald is back home with her baby and her husband.

Fans are now waiting to learn what Ben and Jessa Seewald decide to name their son.

Does it sound like Jessa Seewald should have had her baby in a hospital? Losing enough blood to warrant a transfusion is no laughing matter.

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.