It’s no secret that the Duggar family is good at having babies, but now it seems that one of them is pretty good at delivering them, too. Former Counting On star Jill Duggar posted a pic on Instagram this week to let her followers know that she helped deliver a newborn. Could the mom-of-two be returning to work, so her family doesn’t have to ask for money on GoFundMe?
Duggar’s post confused fans, because even though she has worked as a midwife in the past, they were unclear if she had a current license for the job. As soon as the 26-year-old posted the pic, her haters and defenders quickly appeared, but no one could reach an agreement.
One person wrote, “She’s not licensed. Where you read that you have been misinformed… Also, how do you presume she got a degree when her only form of education is Bill Gothard’s ATI curriculum at Michelle Duggar’s kitchen table?”
But, another defended Duggar by saying that she is licensed, and she posted a photo on Instagram when she passed the CPM.
It turns out, Duggar is a licensed midwife, and she has the papers to prove it. Back in 2015, she showed off her certification from the North American Registry of Midwives, and the organization’s website says that a CPM is a Certified Professional Midwife. Duggar received her certificate after going through training and supervised clinical experience, plus she successfully completed a written exam.
However, a CPM is different from a CNM – a Certified Nurse Midwife. That certification requires eight years of training, including a Bachelor’s Degree, one year of nursing, and three years in a nurse-midwifery program.
There are some people that still believe Duggar’s career is a bit shady, since Venessa Rose Giron, the women she practices under, lost her license to deliver babies in Arkansas.
According to In Touch Weekly, Giron lost her license in the state after Tiffany Nance claimed she botched her daughter’s birth and it resulted in the baby being born with cerebral palsy. Both Giron and Duggar were present at the delivery.
If Duggar is practicing midwifery again, it could be because her family needs money. She and her husband Derick Dillard no longer appear on Counting On after TLC fired him last year because of his transphobic comments on Twitter.
The couple has also attempted to solicit money from fans via several different GoFundMe campaigns that resulted in major backlash. Dillard and Duggar claimed the money was for their various missions, but some believe they were spending the cash on things like special date nights.
New episodes of Counting On return to TLC later this summer, without Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard.