On the most recent episode of Counting On, fans got a behind-the-scenes look 4at the arrival of Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo’s daughter, Felicity. And during the episode, Duggar revealed that she never felt comfortable with one of her family’s traditions — giving birth at home.
The 24-year-old was interested in other options, and she and her husband visited a birth center along with their midwife, Alisa, to discuss the delivery and natural birth plans.
“A birth center is, we like to say, the step down between hospital and home. What we provide here at the birth center is a home-like setting, but the really nice thing is the proximity to the hospital,” Alisa tells the couple.
Jinger explained to Counting On fans that her mom and some of her sisters had home births, but they had long labors. So, she didn’t feel comfortable going that route. Instead, she felt safer in a birth center because they have all the things she needed for care, plus it was close to a good hospital.
Vuolo added that one of the deciding factors in their choice of the birthing center was because it was a minute away from a children’s hospital, so if there were complications, they would get immediate care.
According to People Magazine, Jinger initially didn’t want any medications during her labor. She said she was “good with natural childbirth,” and the birthing center would hold her to that decision because there would be no other option. But, that’s not quite how things turned out.
Felicity’s delivery episode aired last month, almost one month after Jinger gave birth. In that episode, we found out that doctors gave Jinger Pitocin to induce labor and strengthen her contractions. But after 12 hours, Jinger wasn’t progressing. Doctors eventually gave her an epidural to help her sleep and to relieve some pressure and cramps. The anesthesia helped her progress, and when the nurse woke her up, she was fully dilated and ready to push.
Alisa added that Jinger didn’t have hardly any progress for hours, but after some hard work, it was finally time for her to meet her daughter. Jinger says it was at that point that things started going fast. She added that it wasn’t what she expected because the epidural made the process less difficult, and she was grateful.
The Counting On star ended up pushing for 30 minutes before giving birth. And, after 18 hours of labor, Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo welcomed Felicity at 4:37 a.m. on July 19th, and she weighed in at 8 pounds and 3 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.
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