Jessa Duggar is reportedly doing well after giving birth to her first baby, but the 19 Kids and Counting star had some scary moments with a delivery that could have put her health in serious danger.
Jessa (now Seewald) had to be rushed to the hospital on Thursday night after a home delivery. She was able to successfully deliver the 9 lb., 11 oz. boy but then began bleeding heavily, prompting her mother to call 911.
“Mother is bleeding after birth. We need her to be checked out,” Michelle Duggar can be heard saying on the phone call.
In the call, Michelle could be heard in the background comforting Jessa, then told the 911 operator that the baby was “doing wonderful.”
News of the scary home birth trickled out over the weekend, prompting fans to search for a health update on Jessa Duggar to find out if the complications posed any more threat to her. But her husband, Ben Seewald, told fans that both baby and mom are “doing great.”
“Our sweet baby boy was born last night…He’s precious and both he and Jessa are doing great,” he wrote on the family’s blog, The Seewald Family.
Jessa Duggar and her husband live in a small home that’s actually owned by her parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. As the Mail Online noted, it’s the same home where Jessa’s older brother Josh lived with his wife Anna before he took a lobbying job and they moved to Washington, D.C.
But since the harrowing birth, Jessa Duggar hasn’t offered much in the way of a health update, either for herself or the baby.
Jessa ended up delivering close to one week after her due date. Sometimes pregnancies that stretch on the later side — especially anything 42 weeks or after — can lead to complications during birth. There also may be long-term effects, a study from the Netherlands noted.
“A study of more than 5,000 babies found those born after 42 weeks were more likely to develop behavioural problems than those born around their due date, and had more than twice the risk of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD),” the BBC noted.
While women in the Netherlands often go to 42 weeks, other areas of the world try to induce delivery before that point.
“In the UK it is unusual for women to go beyond 42 weeks,” noted Virginia Beckett, a consultant in obstetrics and gynecology and a spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. “Some people choose to go beyond 42 weeks and our advice would be they increase their risk of stillbirth and other complications.”
Though Jessa’s pregnancy didn’t quite go that long, she did seem to be ready for it to be over. Within the last weeks, she posted to social media joking that she was willing to try whatever she could to make the baby come earlier.
“Haha! So has anyone else tried the ‘eating an entire fresh pineapple’ thing for helping to bring on labor? Apparently it doesn’t work for everyone, ’cause I ate the whole thing yesterday… and still no signs of labor! (Sure was a tasty pineapple tho! ) Guess #BabySeewald still wants to camp out in there a little longer! Patience, Mama, patience… 😊 #39weeks5day.”
Jessa’s older sister, Jill Duggar, actually went close to 42 weeks before delivering her first baby earlier this year. Jill was open about her situation, saying she expected to go late and knew that a large number of first-time moms end up delivering some time after their due date.
While she appears to be doing fine now, Jessa Duggar still hasn’t shared much about her baby, including what name she and Ben chose for the little boy.
[Image via Instagram/Jessa Duggar]