Last month, Counting On star Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband, Austin Forsyth, welcomed a healthy baby boy. But, his birth had complications, and it forced Duggar to abandon the idea of giving birth at home, and she instead had to rush to the hospital for an emergency C-section. With home births being so risky, could it only be a matter of time before a Duggar delivery ends in tragedy?
In Touch Weekly is reporting that Duggar labored for 20 hours before the midwife discovered the baby was breech and had to take her to the hospital for emergency surgery. Everything ended up fine, with the mom and baby being happy and healthy, but fans are fearful that the next time one of the women in the conservative family tries to give birth in the comfort of her own home, they won’t be so lucky.
“Just a matter of time before someone dies,” wrote a fan on Facebook.
In response, another commented, “Yep! I don’t care who you are, home birth is truly irresponsible.”
A third fan wrote that taking 20 hours to discover a baby is breech is the result of not using medical professionals.
The fans concern definitely have merit. Joy-Anna’s sister Jill had to go to the hospital for a C-section after laboring for 70 hours at home with her first son Israel. Then, with her second son Samuel, Jill labored for 40 hours before going to the hospital for another C-section.
Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, a Yale University OB-GYN, says that a hospital is the best environment for childbirth just in case there is an emergency.
She says there are many risks to having a baby, with some women not being able to deliver through their pelvic bones. And, if that happens, the baby will not descend into the birth canal, and a hospital would be necessary.
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Dr. Minkin also says that some women need medication to strengthen contractions or for pain relief, and that can’t happen at home with a midwife.
But, the scariest scenario is when the baby’s head comes through the birth canal, but the shoulders get stuck on the pubic bone. And, when that happens at a hospital, it’s “all hands on deck.” However, if that was to happen at home, there may not be enough hands available.
It’s not likely that the Duggar women will change their home birth plans anytime soon, even with the risks involved. Let’s just hope that disaster never strikes.
The Duggar family returns with new episodes of Counting On this summer on TLC.