Jessa Duggar Seewald and her sister Jill Dillard Duggar both are aware that Duggar matriarch Michelle loves the Duggar family tradition of home births. But for the two sisters, now both moms of little boys, that mandate from mom of a home birth turned into a medical crisis.
Eager to welcome her first child into the family, Jessa along with her husband, Ben Seewald, had planned to have her baby at home despite her increasingly frequent concerns that she would have a big baby.
But then something went horribly wrong, forcing her mother to call 911 for emergency medical help for Jessa, reported Fashion & Style.
Although some initial reports implied that Jessa had been forced to go to the hospital to have the baby, Seewald actually had her son at home. However, Jessa then began to bleed heavily, requiring Michelle to leap into action with a 911 call.
Some are questioning why Michelle sounded so clinical while discussing her daughter's dangerous loss of blood.
"Mother is bleeding after birth," reported the Duggar matriarch about Jessa. "We need her to be checked out."
Michelle's 911 call was not discussed on the official Duggar social media accounts, and a photo showing Jessa in a hospital bed was deleted. Some fans projected that it was removed because it was immodest, while others felt that the Duggars were trying to hide Jessa's medical crisis. The Duggars are known for wearing longer dresses to maintain their modesty.
A subsequent photo right after the birth of the baby seemed to be modified so that Jessa looked upbeat and healthy, but other photos displayed her frail state.
TLC has been filming both Jessa and her sister Jill Dillard Duggar recently again. While 19 Kids and Counting was cancelled after the news that Josh Duggar had molested five underage girls, including several of his sisters, TLC recently announced plans for a reboot called Jill & Jessa: Counting On that will include Jessa's pregnancy and progress as a new mom with Ben Seewald. The show will also follow Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, along with their little son Israel, as the Inquisitr reported.
As to whether that 19 Kids and Counting spinoff will include Josh Duggar, following his confessions that he cheated on his wife Anna Duggar, had paid for accounts on the Ashley Madison website for infidelity, and was addicted to pornography, it has not yet been announced. Josh currently remains in rehab for sex addiction and has become the "elephant in the room" when it comes to avoiding his name in discussions of the new Duggar family show.
But are the Duggars also going to try to hide Jessa's medical crisis in their determination to keep everything upbeat? While fans speculate on social media, the Duggars seem determined to keep the news emerging from the family upbeat ever since the multiple scandals of Josh.
In contrast, although Jill Duggar had also initially desired a home birth, she suffered through 70 hours of labor and then had to be rushed to a hospital for an emergency C-section, and those reports became public knowledge, reported the Daily Mail.
Josh's wife, Anna Duggar, also had a home birth for two of their children, while one baby was born at a birthing center.
Thus far, Jessa and Ben have kept everything positive in their announcements, and the Seewald family and Duggar clan have followed their lead.
"Congrats to Jessa and Ben on the birth of their baby boy! @ben_seewald @jessaseewald y'all are great parents already! May you raise this little guy in the love and admonition of our Lord. #congrats #newparents #newnephew #prouduncle," wrote Derick Dillard, Jill's husband.
On his Facebook page, Ben directed to visitors to the Seewald site and expressed his gratitude for Jessa and their new son.
"I'm so blessed to be the husband of this beautiful lady and the father of this handsome little boy! You can see photos here on our website!#blessed http://theseewaldfamily.com," wrote Ben.
However, some fans questioned the reports that Jessa had gone to the hospital, while others demanded to know the baby's name and why Jessa and Ben were withholding it.
"I will presume that Jessa is back home from the hospital. How is she doing?" questioned one fan.
"What's his name? I hope he's not gonna be Seewald baby forever!" joked another.
And on the Duggar family Facebook page, some fans became even more annoyed with the withholding of the baby's name.
"No name, because they are waiting for $$$ from People Magazine, after People mag. pays and announces it, it will be all over the Duggars pages and the fans are suppost to be jumping up and down to finally know it. It is not about fans but about $$$ with Ben and Jessa. They sold their baby's gender and now selling the baby's name."
But it's an obstetrician who is attacking the Duggar family practice of home births. Dr. Amy Tuteur, an obstetrician-gynecologist with degrees from Harvard and Boston University School of Medicine, has authored a blog whose title sums up her views.
"Without modern obstetrics, both Jessa and Jill Dugger would probably be dead," says Dr. Tuteur.
She expresses concern about the risks both sisters faced in trying to follow the lead of their mother Michelle.
"Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard are two, young healthy women who planned homebirths. They were about as low risk as low risk can be, yet, in an object lesson for homebirth advocates, both had to be rescued by obstetricians. They trusted birth and birth nearly killed them."
[Image via Jessa Seewald/Twitter]