Jessa Duggar tantalized her many fans with no details initially on the name of her long-awaited new baby. Along with Ben Seewald, her 20-year-old husband, Jessa took her time in unveiling the details. In addition, Ben and Jessa initially hid the information that she had a medical emergency after the home birth. But now all the details have emerged.
Ready to discover the name of the tiny new member of the Duggar family? Born November 5, just a day after Jessa turned 23, it’s Spurgeon Elliot Seewald, reported TV Guide.
The choice of name honors British preacher Charles Spurgeon, whom Ben listed as a personal hero. Jessa had previously emphasized that they wanted a name that reflected their religious belief.
“Heroes from the Christian faith… We want to give him a strong name, with a lot of meaning,” said Seewald.
Talking with People, Jessa shared that she suffered through two days of painful labor, but even though the Duggar family has had its share of home births, Seewald didn’t imagine what it would be like.
The 23-year-old had a little boy who was 21.5 inches long and weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces. Happy along with her 20-year-old husband to be a parent at last, Jessa admits that 48 hours of delivery left her realizing just why they call it “labor.” And the long period of time also left Duggar shocked at the reality, she added.
“Labor is hard. It was very intense, very long. Everything was different than I expected,” added the new mom.
After 10 hours, Jessa almost decided to go to the hospital, she told People.
“I said, ‘That’s it! I’m done! I am going to the hospital and I’m going to get an epidural,’ ” confessed Seewald. “They asked me if I really wanted to do that and I said, ‘No, I don’t, but I do.’ I wanted to try natural if at all possible.”
But even though Jessa succeeded with that goal, she started to bleed heavily, resulting in concern from the midwife. Consequently, Michelle Duggar called 911 for emergency medical help. While her 49-year-old mom stayed calm, Jessa nearly passed out and ended up in the hospital for an overnight stay, complete with a blood transfusion.
As the Inquisitr reported, an obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Amy Tuteur, who has degrees from Harvard and Boston University School of Medicine, expressed concern about the dangers of the home births both Jessa and her sister, Jill Duggar, sought to experience.
“Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard are two, young healthy women who planned homebirths,” wrote Dr. Tuteur in her blog. “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.”
When Jill initially attempted to have her baby at home as well and then ended up in a hospital having a C-section, her husband, Derick Dillard, defended his wife, reported ABC News.
“She had labored for so long. There’s no shame in that, there’s no shame in not progressing, there’s no shame in getting a C-section,” declared Derick.
Jill went through 70 hours of labor and had the C-section on the advice of physicians. Israel David was 23 inches long and was, just like Jessa’s baby, a big boy, weighing 9 pounds, 10 ounces.
With Jill and Jessa now both moms, their new show, Jill & Jessa: Counting On, which will air on TLC, will show how life has changed as they move on with their lives away from Duggarville.
“[Counting On] follows the lives of the sisters as they navigate adulthood and the changes that come with it. From Jill & Derick making a major move to Central America with their baby boy Israel, to newlyweds Jessa and Ben preparing for their first child, we’re excited to see what’s in store for the young couples,” says TLC in its promo.
[Image via Jessa Seewald / Twitter]