Counting On star Jinger Duggar gave birth to her daughter Felicity last month, and in a special birth episode that aired earlier this week (and is also available to stream online), the new mom revealed that she almost had to have a Caesarean section. However, the 25-year-old was prepared for complications, thanks to her sisters.
According to Pop Culture, the Duggar sisters who have already given birth have a history of going past their due dates and giving birth to large babies — around nine or ten pounds. So Jinger knew it was possible that giving birth to Felicity would be tough, so she decided to have a doctor induce her in a hospital.
“My doctor and midwife both thought it would be best to get things rolling at this point, just because my sisters have had such huge babies that they thought it would be better if I went closer to my due date,” Jinger said before checking into the hospital. “It’s pretty crazy thinking that I’m just days away from being a mom and actually having the baby in my hands.”
Jinger’s midwife also revealed that the reality star had been doing “natural nudging,” by walking and taking herbs to help her body get ready and to help the baby get into a good position.
Even though her family usually opts for home births, Jinger felt more comfortable and relaxed giving birth in a hospital. Her sisters Jill, Jessa, and Joy-Anna have all had extremely long labors and difficult deliveries that often resulted in them going to the hospital for emergency c-sections.
Despite the induction, Jinger still had a tough time dilating. And since she wasn’t making much progress, her midwife thought that doctors would have to take over with a c-section. Jinger opted for an epidural after 12 hours of labor, and that made the last six hours of labor a lot easier because she got the chance to get some sleep.
Then, at 4:37 a.m., after 30 minutes of pushing, Jinger gave birth to Felicity who weighed in at 8 pounds and 5 ounces.
One of the Duggar family cameras caught Felicity taking her first breaths.
Jinger’s husband, Jeremy Vuolo, couldn’t help but gush over his wife, and said that she was “incredibly strong.” He also revealed that when Jinger would start to doubt herself, she would look at him and tell him that she was in a lot of pain. Then he replied, “I know, but you’re stronger.”
Since bringing Felicity home, both Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo have been posting pics of their daughter on social media and sharing with fans what life is like as new parents.
New episodes of Counting On air Monday nights on TLC.