If you are a fan of Counting On you are probably familiar with the fact that the Duggar sisters prefer to give birth at home. During each of their pregnancies, Jill, Jessa, and Joy-Anna all labored at home for hours with the hope of a home birth, but things usually didn’t go according to plan. Both Jill and Joy-Anna went to the hospital for emergency C-sections, and Jessa ended up in the hospital after her first birth because of excessive blood loss. But now, fans are asking about Jinger Duggar’s birth plan, and wondering if she gave birth to baby Felicity at home or in a hospital.
According to Romper, Jinger and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, welcomed their daughter on July 19th at 4:37 in the morning and she weighed in at 8 pounds and 3 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. But when they made the birth announcement, the couple didn’t give any more details about the delivery, and simply shared with fans that mother and daughter were both healthy, doing great, and resting.
But now, we are finally finding out more information about Felicity’s birth thanks to a new TLC two-part special. Available to stream online, the 20-minute special begins with Jinger and Jeremy visiting a midwife late in the pregnancy and talking about inducing labor at a hospital.
“Based on the family history, some of the sisters have had a little bit of a harder time with bigger babies,” Jinger’s midwife explained. “Jinger and Jeremy and I have talked at length about trying to see if we can keep this baby’s size a little bit smaller and maybe seeing if this baby could come closer to the due date, instead of going a week or two over, which is typical for the Duggar women.”
Jessa, Jill, and Joy-Anna have all given birth to nine or ten-pound babies, and Jinger was fully aware of the challenges they faced. Because they had been through such tough labors and deliveries, Jinger decided in advance to plan on a hospital birth.
Jinger said that planning to give birth in a hospital put her at ease because she knew that if she needed anything, it was right there. She says it helped her to be more relaxed in the long run.
Doctors ended up inducing Jinger at the hospital with a Foley bulb and Pitocin, but in the days leading up to the induction, she tried some natural nudges to prepare her body for labor like herbs, walking, and doing squats.
When Jinger didn’t end up dilating as much as her doctors wanted, they did offer her an epidural, and she accepted. The 24-year-old labored for 18 hours and pushed for 30 minutes before delivering her baby girl.
For the first time ever, one of the Duggar siblings made a researched and informed decision about giving birth that went against the family ideal. Of course, Jill and Jessa didn’t know the women in the family tend to give birth to large babies, but neither of them ever considered going to the hospital until an emergency presented itself, much less accepting an epidural.
Jinger ended up doing what was best for her, and now that Felicity is here, it is pretty obvious to fans that Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo (thanks to their social media posts) couldn’t be any more in love with their daughter.
New episodes of Counting On air Monday nights on TLC.