Jessa Duggar Criticized Over Bedroom Choice In Birth Plan Video

Jessa Duggar in her bedroom
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Jessa Duggar Seewald's birth plan will look a lot different this time around as she prepares to welcome her fourth child. In a rare video update on her pregnancy, the Counting On star revealed that she is not going to give birth at home again while answering a few questions from fans.

Jessa, 28, shot the video inside her bedroom, and some Duggar critics expressed concern over a potentially dangerous room design decision made by her and her husband, Ben Seewald, 26.     

Perilous Shelf Placement? 


Jessa was sitting on the end of her bed while she filmed, which gave fans a view of the the pillows propped up against the wall behind her. Above them, a wood shelf was laden with books and potted plants. 

Jessa and Ben live in Arkansas, where they don't have to worry about earthquakes causing the shelf and the heavy items on top of it to fall on their heads while they're in bed, but the unusual placement of the display became a top topic on the DuggarSnark subreddit. 

Why Critics Are Concerned

Jessa Duggar Seewald and her three children on the couch
Instagram | Jessa Duggar Seewald

Some Redditors pointed out that the shelf and the items on it could still fall without a tremor to serve as a catalyst. 

"I'm no where near an earthquake zone and it's making me anxious? I've had the experience of something falling off a shelf because some kids ran by and onto my head. Luckily it wasn't too heavy but it hurt," wrote one commenter. 

"And it looks like it’s bowing! Ready to snap at any second," another observed.

"I can just see one of the kids pulling on that and either all of it or the items falling on their head," a third Redditor added.

A few people joked that the couple must not have cats, and one snarker shared a funny story about storing items above a bed.

"Fun fact- I had a headboard with a bookshelf and I had it stuffed with books. I was having sex one night and the book 'Get Laid or Die Trying' fell on my face. It was an ironic moment," they recalled.

Why Jessa Isn't Trying For A Home Birth

Jessa gave birth to all three of her children at home, but she's heading to the hospital this time.

She explained that the hemorrhaging she experienced after two of her births influenced her decision. While she described all of her home births as "good experiences," she had to go to the hospital after delivering her first child, Spurgeon, and her third, Ivy, because she lost such a large amount of blood.

Jessa complained that Arkansas does not allow midwives to carry the drug Pitocin, which is used to prevent postpartum hemorrhaging. She seemed to suggest that she would be giving birth at home again if this wasn't the case.

How Jessa's Pregnancy Experience Has Been After Suffering A Miscarriage

Jessa Duggar Seewald holds her son Henry
Instagram | Jessa Duggar Seewald

When Jessa announced that she was pregnant in February, she also revealed that she was having a rainbow baby. In her pregnancy update, she spoke about what it's been like being pregnant after the heartbreak of suffering a miscarriage.

She said that she was "pretty nervous" during her first trimester, and she experienced feelings of "fear and anxiety" that made it hard for her to get "really excited" about being pregnant. This changed as her pregnancy progressed. 

"Seeing the baby on the ultrasound, seeing that everything was progressing well and looking good and healthy, that was really encouraging for me," she stated.