Counting On star Joy-Anna Duggar had made plans to deliver her first baby at home as most Duggar women do. But, when the day came for her son’s arrival, she ended up going to the hospital. Ever since fans have wondered if something went wrong during the delivery. Now, in a new TLC webisode, the family has finally revealed the circumstances surrounding Gideon Martyn’s arrival.
TLC explained that Joy-Anna labored for 20 hours at home but was only able to dilate to six centimeters, and at that point, they discovered that the baby was breech. So, the family had to rush her to the hospital for an emergency cesarean section.
Even though some fans have criticized the family for not taking the 20-year-old to the hospital sooner, Joy-Anna and Gideon both ended up being healthy post-delivery.
“At least she used a hospital. The baby had to have been too big for home birth,” one fan wrote.
When Gideon arrived, he weighed in at a whopping 10 pounds and 3 ounces and was 22 inches long.
The family was quick to congratulate Joy-Anna and her husband, Austin Forsyth. But when her cousin, Amy Duggar, shared her message on social media it shocked fans because it included pics of the new mom in the hospital surrounded by machines. Amy quickly deleted the photos, but the rumors had already started.
That was the first time fans saw that Joy-Anna didn’t give birth at home and they started asking questions about possible complications. And, the blog Keeping Up with the Fundies also piqued interest when it shared more hospital photos of Joy-Anna and her new baby.
Before Gideon’s arrival, Joy-Anna had shared with TLC her plan to give birth at home, saying that they had a pool set up and they needed to add some beds to the guest room. But, she did admit that she had a backup plan if needed.
Experts say that because of the risks involved with labor and delivery, doctors can better handle childbirth at a hospital because it is set up for an emergency.
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Various complications can occur, including not being able to deliver through the pelvic bones or a baby’s head descending through the birth canal only to get the shoulders stuck behind the pubic bone. Both of those situations would require experienced medical personnel and equipment, and even though those situations are rare, it’s best to be prepared.
It makes sense for parents to opt for a comfortable home environment, but for the safety of mom and baby, choosing a hospital is most likely the better option. Plus, many hospitals now have maternity suites known as LDR rooms that have the feel of a home birth, but special equipment available in case of emergency.
Watch Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth in new episodes of Counting On Monday nights on TLC.