Counting On star Jinger Duggar gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Felicity Nicole, last week, and it appears that all went well for the new mom. But, during the past few years, her sisters haven’t been so lucky. Getting pregnant is the easy part, but when it comes to the labor and delivery, the Duggar girls have had a difficult time.
According to In Touch Weekly, Jill Duggar has two of the most trying deliveries among the Duggar sisters. When giving birth to her first son, Israel, she labored for three straight days – a total of 70 hours –, and she said that she prayed to God to give her strength because she was “really scared and nervous.”
She did not get the home birth she wanted, and instead, her family had to take her to the hospital once they realized Israel was in the breech position. Jill ended up delivering Israel via an emergency C-section.
Her second birth ended up being more complicated than her first. She labored less with her son Samuel, just 40 hours, but he had complications. Jill had to go to the hospital, and Samuel ended up in the NICU for two weeks.
Pictures surfaced of the baby with a tube in his nose, and some fans speculated that he had fluid in his lungs. However, Samuel seems to be happy and healthy now.
Jessa Duggar also had a difficult time with her first baby, Spurgeon. She had planned on having a natural birth at home, but complications changed her plans.
“Everything was different than I expected. It was very intense, very long,” said Jessa.
She labored for 48 hours with a 10-pound baby before her family rushed her to the hospital. After two days of labor, Jessa told her family she was done, and she wanted to go to the hospital for an epidural. She also had issues with bleeding that resulted in her needing a blood transfusion, and Jessa had to stay overnight in the hospital.
Luckily for Jessa, things went a lot smoother when she gave birth to her second son, Henry. She said it was “calm and relaxed,” and she was able to stay home for the delivery.
As for Joy-Anna Duggar, she had a difficult time delivering her son Gideon. Just like her sisters, she wanted a home birth, but after more than 20 hours of laboring at home, Joy-Anna ended up going to the hospital for an emergency C-section when her midwife discovered Gideon was breech.
We don’t have any details yet about Jinger’s labor and delivery of Felicity, but we do know she weighed in at eight pounds and three ounces, and she is 19.5 inches long.
According to Jinger’s husband, Jeremy Vuolo, “both mom and baby are healthy, doing great, and resting well.” And, in a message to fans, Vuolo said that he and his wife are thankful that Felicity arrived safely, and they are looking forward to life as parents.
Catch Jinger Duggar when the new season of Counting On premieres Monday, July 30th on TLC.