Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dillards' Plans for Future Babies

After hearing that Jill Dillard delivered baby Israel Dillard via emergency C-section, fans have wondered if this will inhibit her ability to have the super-sized family that she has always dreamed of.

But Jill revealed to PEOPLE Magazine that her doctor says he has no doubt she will be able to deliver her next child vaginally.

"We told the doctor, 'Stitch me up really well,'" Jill told PEOPLE.

Like Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Jill and Derick Dillard have decided to welcome as many children as God chooses to bless them with. Although Derick only grew up with one sibling, a brother, he has said multiple times that he loves being around Jill's large family.

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

132 comments:

  1. I had a c-section with my first set of twins and then successfully had a v-bac (vaginal birth after cesarean) to my son 18 months later. A little more monitoring is all that's necessary to be sure no rupture occurs. No worries!

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  2. So happy for them and so glad that their large family dreams won't be hindered. God Bless

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  3. How many God decides may be none or 20.

    I'm cetainly glad she can have another one.

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  4. I think that philosophy is fabulous as long as they are like her family and manage to provide for those children without public assistance. If I could have provided for more, I'd have loved the large family, but I was blessed with only two children. God in his ultimate wisdom takes care of us all.

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  5. That's true, but you should wait longer to heal before the next one after a c-section.I just saw on the news today that OBGYN now say it's best to wait 18 months for a woman's body to fully heal.Not every woman's body is like Michelle and Kelly's and can handle that.For Jill's sake I hope she can have lots and lots of babies naturally...I will pray for her O:-)

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  6. I myself am the 4th c section my mother had its for sure possible!

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  7. Jill your amazing

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  8. I hope all goes well with the next child. I know i tried for a vaginal birth after my emergancy csection and went well over do which resulted in another csection. And fell pregnant a month later and apparently have no choice but to have another csection. Now i am being forced to have my tubes tied at 25 :( si my prayers go to you and your family that you are able to succesfully deliver babies the natural way and have as many as you intended to do :)
    Congrats

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  9. We are praying for you Jill and Derick in Louisiana! I was not brought up in a religious family but watching all of yall has really opened my eyes thank you very much!!

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  10. Great to hear! I'm happy to know that not all doctors are against VBAC's! I have two sisters who ended up with emergency c-sections with their first babies due to Pre-eclampsia. They have each gone on to have 3 more babies at home (so far)! Congratulations to the Dillard family! Enjoy your precious gift from the Lord!

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  11. I truly hope that God blesses you with many children. There is no dout you all will be great parents.

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  12. I had my first c-section and then my next three vaginally. My last birth we had twins, they should have been c-section. Our OB in Dallas failed us and our second twin almost died. Dr. James Brown had two teams and I was ready for an emergency c-section. The two teams watched as our baby was purple and couldn't breathe. Please make sure you speak up. Kaiser/Medical City/Dallas and Dr. James Brown let us leave knowing our child had suffered brain damage.

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  13. Just wanted to say that I'm so happy for the couple and new baby! It was a hard delivery, but I know they must feel truly blessed. While I don't follow all the same religious beliefs as the Duggars, I've been watching for several seasons and I truly have enjoyed watching how they have grown up and how they live their lives - a real blessing in today's world! Was excited to see that now Josiah has found a nice young lady to court - they're all growing up so fast! I also want to send my love and encouragement to Derick's mother, I was my mother's caregiver when she battled lung and pancreatic cancer back in 2011. I was extremely blessed to be with her that final year and find a small way to help give back to her for all that she had done for me. My love and prayers to all of the Duggars and extended families - I will continue to enjoy watching :) Oh! Also excited for Josh and Anna!

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  14. I love watching your show. I watched two hours last night! I appreciate your willingness to share your beliefs. I am one who agrees with you. Thanks so much for sharing with the world.

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  15. Be confident that you will be blessed again with more children. Thankfully you and Isaiah are fine. God is in control and the most important thing was you had no choice. God blessed me with children and one was too big and cord was wrapped around his neck and irregular heartbeat. Ya will be great parents!

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  16. I hope God has many babies planned for you both :) You are an amazing woman Jill Dillard!
    Debbie Senft Colorado

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  17. no jill don't be scared ,,,don't give up ,,we had 5 C-section and the last 3 we had natural home births

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    1. Wow amazing I had no idea anyone could have more than 3 c-section, wish I would have known that was possible, you are blessed.

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  18. We enjoy your show !! What a blessing the baby has finally come and all is well .. Hope Jill heals soon :)

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  19. My husband and I have 14 children. I had an emergency c- section with my twins...number 4 and 5 !i met with opposition but all my other children were born naturally...no problem! Be insustent!

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  20. Congratulation on baby Israel . What a cute baby he is full in the face I just would like to kiss him . Jill and Derick are so blessed to have a healthy baby . Derick you are such a good daddy changing all the diapers . You are a wonderful man and you and Jill make such a cute couple . You can see the love you have for each other in your eyes whenever you look at each other . May God Bless you both and baby Israel . May you have many more .
    Love , Jan Rodriguez , Prescott, Az.

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  21. Aww that's so sad to hear that she had a C-section. Not saying there is any difference. She still delivered her child regardless. Just that Im sure she was looking forward to vaginal birth given her midwifery . Happy to hear mom and baby are healthy !!!!

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  22. Im sorry to hear those words that the doc said she could have it the regular way. If she holds true to form with her mother & has another in less than 2 yrs its will be too soon & she risks a rupture. Most docs will not advise it after c-sections & will not advise more than 4 sections. I feel sorry for that poor girl going thru what she did with that big baby. If she had been under a doctors care I feel that this would not have happened. My daughter had a baby that size & there was no doubt which was it was coming out & she was a bigger girl than Jill. I feel like she risked her baby to do this home birth.

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    1. Just had an emergency c-section 8wks ago. My Dr. Said VBAC was fine and the way to go if I want more than one or two more. No reason she cant have lots of kids if she doesn't have a lot of complications in her future deliveries. Not sure what the big deal is with wanting lots of children, the Bible says blessed is the man whose quiver is full

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    2. I had a 10lb 7 oz baby vaginal and I was very small girl. He was the biggest and easiest of my 4 children to have! People need to leave this family alone to do as they feel God would have them do! They have helped bring my family to God! I love them!!

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    3. You are incredibly misinformed. Many doctors will do VBACs because the studies do not support necessary cesareans having to come after a first. Her baby is so so healthy. Im the same size as Jill and had a 10.3 baby. I wouldnt feel aorry for her, she obviously did great--not to mention DID labor at the hospital for many hours as opposed to going at the last minute or in transitional labor.

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    4. I'm sorry but you are misinformed. Vbac is by FAR the safer option than a repeat c-section. The risk of uterine rupture is 0.07% v. a 30% chance of complications from a 2nd section. I think I know which one I would choose! My vbac baby is 22 months younger than my c-section baby and a full pound larger at 9 lbs 8 oz. Position has more to do with it than size because your body will not make a baby you can't birth. Michelle had something like 13 vbacs so Jill knows what's up.

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    5. Your statements are no longer valid. V-backs (vaginal deliveries after c-sections) are routine now with no limitations.
      Doctors who are constantly under the threat of lawsuits will not take the risks are the problem, however, many hospitals like the military that have OB'S on staff 24/7 have no problems. With a low transverse incision, the fear of rupture is non-existent. I also believe Jill did have constant medical attention while pregnant.

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    6. My auntie had 6 c sections and then the rest Natural

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    7. She didn't have a home birth as planned.

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    8. I know, she should have been induced on her due date. :(

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    9. There are a lot of people under a doctors care that have babies that big. Dr do not like to induce you if everything is fine. Baby would not have been much smaller on her due date.

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    10. The c/s wasn't because of the size. Isreal flipped. Transverse and sunny side up, if I remember correctly. That was the reason. Her own mom has had VBAC's safely. That rule of once a c/s always a c/s doesn't apply anymore.

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    11. Size doesn't necessarily matter. I had a 12.9 baby, 12 days late, all natural. I had a midwife, and I personally believe that had I used a Dr. a c-section would have been pushed on me due to size of baby, and the myth that women can't birth big babies.

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    12. Considering that there were some complications with her first, even if a vaginal birth will be safe for the next baby, I do wonder about the turmoil that all of this will put on her body for her next 10-15 babies. Due to their plan to leave their family size up to God, it is very possible that she will have a baby every other year for the next 20 years or so.

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  23. So glad all is well, love the name! And so excited for you Jill, you will no doubt be an awesome mom ;) God Bless your growing family!

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  24. So glad all is well with baby Israel; love the name! And I know you will be an awesome mom, Jill. God bless your growing family!

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  25. I hope Jill and Derrick take time to enjoy the baby they have. All this talk about the next baby......little Israel isn't even two weeks old. What's the rush?

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  26. Cool!!! Hopefully she will have more!! :-) Maybe a girl..:-)

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  27. I keep expecting to see a photo of Israel in the lineup above. Hopefully soon :) Love the show.

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  28. Congratulations. I have had 6 c-sections. We have 9 children. May the Lord bless you with lots of children.

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  29. I had a very successful VBAC Im sure she can too. If she is unable God will work it out.

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  30. Thank you Jesus for the good report! Congrats on the birth of a healthy baby boy. Blessings, N. McGee

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  31. I know Jill will be a wise, patient, loving, and kind mother to as many children as she and Derick have in years to come. So thrilling to have watched her grow up on television and see her married. Hope her recovery goes well and she is soon feeling much better.

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  32. Bless you Jill and Derick and Baby Israel

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  33. Let's enjoy Gods gift in the now. One at a time.

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    1. You only have one first child. Take your time and enjoy him! And Jill, you need time for recovery!

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  34. Congrats to your new and growing family.

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  35. You should have another C-section, much easier to re-bound the second time... You can predict your child's birthday and not worry about all the pain.... C-sections are the way to go.. I would do it everytime..

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  36. Well I hate to.tell ya u prob have more c section. I would let your body rest now it went through alot of trama. We don't always get what we want hey.

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  37. Congratulations on such a handsome little boy. What a blessing...

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  38. god will provide

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  39. Such a blessing and you have such a kind and gentle heart. You sre going to be such a great mom. If you could pick one thing you have enjoyed most about motherhood what would that be?

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  40. So happy that Israel is safe. Jill, you should be very proud that you endured such pain and suffering for that long, knowing that there was a light at the end of the darkness.

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  41. I had 2 c-sections then had 4 vbacs. 3 at home! You can do it!

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  42. I don't think it's too soon to think about it. She will very likely face the decision whether or not to attempt a VBAC in the next year or two. It's only natural that the possibility of a successful VBAC would be on her mind. I hope the doctor hasn't promised more than he can deliver (no pun intended). But an experienced physician generally knows what he/she is doing. It would be wonderful if she can have many successful VBACs just like her mother.

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  43. She'll have as many children as God chooses for her to have. It won't matter how she delivered any of them. It's in HIS hands.

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  44. Glad Jill and baby are doing just fine. Can't wait to see more pictures of little Israel. Jill will be a great mother with a lot of love to give. Looking forward to May 5th to see the birth it still had to be very exciting and emotional for the family.

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  45. Praise God!!! A happy healthy baby!

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  46. Do you realize she ended up in the hospital, she didn't have a home birth.

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  47. I'm sorry you had a C-section, just because it's painful afterwards and takes a long time to heal. Did your Mom have any C sections!? Your baby is beautiful (Handsome). You will have a great family.

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  48. By the way, my sister's baby was the same size. She was in labor for 5 days until they did a C-Section..(they let her Labor that long because the baby wasn't in distress)

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  49. I had c-Section first time and Vbac. Dr don't cut you up and down no more they cut you across now . BACK is better than Coming Section for me. My Daughter had 9 pounds girl and she had vaginal and her 2 Daughter was 7 pounds 15 oz they are doing good. So Jill can have VBAC no problem

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  50. Sorry things didn't go as planned for the delivery. But its okay because the end result is all that matters which know is a healthy baby and mommy. You have a precious little boy, well not so little really :) I wish you all the best. Enjoy every moment because as you know from watching your siblings grow up and from a mom of 7 myself time is not our friend it will pass by in a blink of an eye. You will never get these moments again because you only have your first born once and when you do have another you won't be able to grasp every moment as you can now. Make it count!!!

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  51. God knows what he's doing. Jill will be able to use her experience and what she's learned to help other women. Congratulations Jill and Derek! Enjoy your little boy.

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  52. I love that you are already planning a vbac for your next. As a midwife in training, you know what's up. I am so sorry that your birth didnt go as you wanted, but I hope that your journey will shed light on vbac and how it's so much safer for mom and baby.

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  53. Congratulations Jill and Derick,and your sweet handsome little Israel!!!!! Praying for a quick recovery for you Jill:O)) I know all about C-sections I had them later in life after all my others vaginally.So happy to know you have great support from Derick and all your familes!!! From what you have said I say both Jill and Derick were AMAZING(wonderful bonding together) with the labor and delivery of your sweet little man,Israel!!!!! God was right there with you!!! God is Good All the time,Everytime!!!
    Love you all 3!!! from IOWA!

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  54. IVE WATCHED YOU GROW UP YOU AND DERICK WILLBE BLESSED WITH AS MANY CHILDREN AS GOD WANTSYOU TO HAVE AN WHEN AN IN HIS TIMEING SO ENJOY YOUR LIFEAND FAMILY GOD BLESS OH HOW IS YOUR MOM DERRICK TELL IM PRAYING FOR HER AND ENOY TH BABY I HOPE TO SEE MORE OF YOU ON THE SHOW CAROL ROSE HOWELL

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  55. @Sherryl Wilson
    Anonymous 15: I'm sure she IS enjoying God's gift in the now, while still planning to have more in the future.

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  56. I am so happy for Jill and Derrick. Baby Israel Is a beautiful baby boy. I Pray they can have as many as God wants them to have. They are a great couple that loves their Family. Congrats to them both.

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  57. Jill you must take good care of yourself now and let your body heal itself. In your next pregnancy please give birth at a hospital. You might have another large baby. I wish you guys all the best in life!

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  58. You need to go to the hospital for your babies birthing. Too many risks involved and you could tear if you try it. Your husband is a big man and you will probably have large babies, I wouldn't try a home birth after what you went through.

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  59. @KAREN W My first baby was a whopper too and I had an emergency c section in 1987, 16 months later I gave birth vaginally to #2 with no complications what so ever. And I went on to have 3 more vaginal births before my family was complete. Best of luck to you Jill, you are an amazing woman and I agree with your Dr! :)

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  60. I had a c-section with my first child on doctor's orders. My second child was planned to be a natural birth but after 10 intense hours of labouring another c-section was performed because my uterus ruptured. And because my second kid was as big as Jill's son. Don't be so risky with the second child as you have been with Israel. Don't sacrifice your kids.

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  61. I am so glad to be able to follow your news over Facebook now and then.. since your "show" stopped in the Netherlands! Really loved watching you all! Sabine

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  62. why does she feel she needs to prove something to people to endure 70 hours of labor and now talking about more kids. nice they want more kids. how about talking about other things besides these two items. about about all the pershing people in the world without the gospel. instead of justing staying home and having more kids go out to the pershing world and preach the gospel like jesus did. show some minstry work

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  63. @KAREN W
    Not true. I have had 6 c-sections each baby was around 2 yrs apart with one being 18 months apart. With no problems. I attempted a vbac with 2 of them (ended up with c-section because of late babies). 9lbs 10ozs is a big baby but one that is completely able to be born vaginally. Midwifes are very capable and no when to transport to hospital in a real emergency.

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  64. Let the Lord guide you. It could be you are meant to have only so many so you can minister more easily as a Missionary. God is in charge. Many blessings and be wise...........

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  65. I had two C-sections. Certainly bounced back faster with the second one. They been blessed with a child. Rejoice and ENJOY your child. They are young, give it time to heal and god will provide another child in time. No rush. You need to recover. I know I did.

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  66. That's awesome!

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  67. I would love to have a C-Section because I'm one of those women who couldn't have children. Please stop complaining about how you gave birth. I would love to be in your shoes and hold a child created by my partner and I.

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  68. I read somewhere that Ethel Kennedy had 12 C-sections decades ago before they were routine or safe. I am also friends with a doctor who had 4 sections, than 6 regular deliveries. Jill might have to take each baby as they come, but certainly having this section should not prevent her from having the family she desires.

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  69. just enjoy your new baby and take your time! 'as many as God gives you' might not be 19... or 9. Sometimes God gives 1, or 2 or 3... or none... I believe 100% God wants you to have a healthy happy family and a healthy mommy there to care for the babies He provides. God bless!

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  70. I'm so happy that Jill can have more children. I had two boys by c section and would have loved more but i was already a single mom and didn't want to raise more than two by myself. They are now 22 &19 and involved in church and my oldest is going to study to become a pastor,so i think they turned out extremely well.

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  71. Jill don't worry about what people are saying about how many kids you have or about you having to have a c section. You did a great job! You tried very hard to have a natural birth, but you learned that even when we have our own plan it doesn't always go our way. I also learned the same thing when I had my babies. Even though you didn't get a natural birth God still blessed you with being able to feel contractions. Some moms don't even get to feel any at all due to them needing a c section before labor. You did great to labor that long with no pain meds! I am so proud of you. God will use your c section to help other moms who need to have one too. We don't know God's plan for you yet about how many kids you might have or if you will have c sections or vbacs or both. Just pray for God's will and he will guide you. At first I prayed and prayed for a vbac. Then I finally prayed for God's will, I prayed that if he knew something would go wrong during a vbac to give me a csection. I didn't get my vbac that time. But he blessed me with something I never thought I could ever do. He blessed me with being able to experience my labor with no pain medication until right before my csection. I hope to one day try again for a vbac and if needed have a family-centered csection. Can't wait to see more pictures of your baby, Jill !

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  72. I had a c-section with my first and a successful vbac just 18 months later. Expecting my third now and the doctor said he expects another successful vbac. Totally possible.

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  73. @KAREN W This really doesn't matter any more on the size of the baby! I had to have 2 C-sesctions and my first one was 6 lbs on the dot and the second one was 4 lbs on the dot. They were both born on their due date. To say that she will never be able to have them normally is crazy. My sister in law had her first by emergency C-sesction and had the second normally. So saying she is a risk at rupturing isn't true anymore.

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  74. I am a French nurse based in London. I do respect their religious belief, & I understand Mr & Mrs Duggar has a strong influence in their children & I do not judge this. Therefore as a nurse I can say we advise our patients to give a year or 2 for a another child in case they had a C section. Also in case of problem we would strongly advise to come at the hospital asap & never wait long at home if home birth were the 1st option. I am very happy for Jill & her husband & genuilly wish them all the best in the world but if I may come to see us nurse, genycologist, consultant... It's respectfull & nice to believe in God. It is also important to not put any one at risk & listen medical expert. Same for understanding pills etc.

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  75. Praise God little Israel made his appearance! Such a blessing and such a continued testimony, Jill & Derrick! Thank you for your faithfulness to our good God through difficulty and joy! May He continue to spread His name through you...and now little Israel! As for your delivery...I am awed by your stamina and determination and know that you were in good hands, ultimately God's, and excellent midwifery care (Venessa was my first midwife....love that lady!!!) Thankful for skilled drs/nurses as well! Thankful your heart is to point to God in it all...we plan...God directs. May God bless you as you follow His direction on this new parenting adventure!

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  76. My first was born by emergency C-section as well. I had two more naturally with no problem at all. But that was more than 20 years ago. I didn't have a "super size" family, so I don't know what the risks are, but it seems sad to me that doctors these days are doing more C-sections and then discouraging the parents from having a lot more children. Why would it be riskier now than it was 20-25 years ago when VBAC was more common?

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  77. YOU. ARE. SO. STRONG. JILL!!!!!!!!! We are PRAISING GOD with you for Israel's safe arrival and were PRAYING for you that entire weekend just knowing baby was coming soon! I don't always get the gender of the baby right - but I have a great intuition for when momma's are gonna be having their babies. And we PRAYED for you and Derrick, and precious baby dilly!!!!! WE are SO thankful for answered prayers!!!!!
    My first arrived via c-section, and I've gone on to have 5 more - all of them naturally - 4 of them at home. You are YOUNG and HEALTHY and SO STRONG!!!!! You have clearly demonstrated that!! :) ENJOY your precious baby Israel and we will continue praying for a great recovery for you all!!! :) MANY BLESSINGS!!!!! The Brown Bunch in NC :)

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  78. I here you Anonymous 30 (7.25AM). To be so blessed would be amazing.

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  79. There is still a risk of rupture its just not very high. It does happen. My midwife told me she only saw 2 in her whole career but it can happen that why you need to go to hospital to have your VBAC. To due it as safety as possible.

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  80. So glad Jill still can do home births in the future. I guess baby Israel got that Duggar head

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  81. Happy to hear that you and the baby are okay. Take it easy until you feel strong and well.
    God Bless
    Marion and Joan

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  82. Why are you now thinking of another baby? I mean you just had a baby. Enjoy him. And think about another baby when he is not a newborn.

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  83. I LOVE your famliy Jill & Derick! Keep up the good work. ;)

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  84. Alyssa Webster (Bates) just had her Allie Jane on the 11 of April!! She is soooooo cute!

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  85. I am a VBAC mom myself and also have very large babies. You did the best you could with the circumstances you were given. I pray God will use this both in your life and to encourage other moms in similar situations.

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  86. It seems like her birth with Israel was almost exactly like her mother-in-law's birth with Derick because he was late (Cathy had to be induced, I think, which Jill opted not to do, of course) and a big baby and that just makes me feel bad for Jill when you couple that with a Duggar sized head. Since Jill will probably be having babies for the next 20-25 years, I hope that her future births go smoother!

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  87. Happy to see you out of the hospital. Speedy recovery and take it easy Jill. Baby Israel is adorable!
    Marilyn

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  88. Hopefully her doc is right. I was in the same position with my first child and did everything humanly possible to have a VBAC with my second, but it just wasn't God's plan even though my doctor was positive I would have no problems. My second child was A lot smaller than my first. Just remember that God's plans are sometimes different than our plans even if ours seem like something God would honor. My best wishes to the family.

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  89. @KAREN W
    Remember that Jill has training as a midwife and I am sure both Jill and Derick were making informed decisions. I also believe they would have had the access to care providers, as part of the what if plan.

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  90. Hey- Thank you so much for being on T.V. and posting pics on the blog!! It has ecouraged/inspired me so much! Jill, your baby is SOOO HANDSOME! Also, could you please update the cover photo to one with Israel in it? Thanks again :)

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  91. Hi Lily & Ellie
    Just read the People article and was wondering if you could see if Jill would allow (all) her questions she had written out while getting to know Derrick that she passed along to her brother Josiah to be shared on your blog-
    Thank you for the info on Marjorie- It was nice how TLC did the announcement- I have purchased her book! how awesome to be so young and so accomplished!
    Thank you again- blessing to you both-
    Kati M.

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  92. I'm sorry, but can't the Duggars keep anything private any more? I certainly wouldn't want to discuss my future birth plans with anybody but my husband and doctors.

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  93. I have had 9 csections! So don't let that hold you back. Its certainliy not 19 but no complications whatsoever and all my babies have been healthy. So don't let that hold you back! I was given the go ahead to have another delivery if I chose. :)

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  94. Jill get your rest tell you see your doctor and do not clean your house tell you get the okay from the doctor to do so.
    You got a healthy cute son! :-)

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  95. Congratulations Jill and Derrick! You have a beautiful baby boy! That was quite a delivery Praise God that everyone is healthy. You definitely need lots of rest to let your body heal. Except all the help from family and friends that you get. Anxiously waiting to see more pictures of baby Israel and the show off the birth. May God Bless your family.

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  96. Shouldn't she be worrying about the baby she just had instead of future babies?

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  97. Jill you will be all right. You can have ten baby's if you and you husband wood love it. Just have fun with this one. Wait till it one year old. Have them a year a part ok. Love you both. I pray for you 3. And your big family. Kissed to the family

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  98. Congrats to both Jill and Derick! You will be amazing parents. I'm so proud of you all. C - section are tough but Jill is alway super strong and with husband like Derick you will have nothing to worry about. Congratulation on having little Irasel!!!! Bless you all!

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  99. You should probably update the home page

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  100. As the Duggar Family official blog, as a long time fan of the show and genuine fondness of this family and their encouragement, I find when you sensor comments which are respectful and liegitimate in nature suspicious.

    The Duggar family is on E news right next to the Kardashains. People online or the actual magazine is filled with Duggar news. I don't think the Duggar family has gone a day without self promotion.

    As their friends I wish you would give them this feedback. If the Duggar's are going mainstream, I just wish they would acknowledge there has been a shift. We all see it.

    Katie

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  101. I'm sorry to hear such unsupportive and frankly not evidence based comments. This is an example of how safe home birth actually is, when a competent provider can recognize when a transfer to the hospital is needed ahead of a potential catastrophe, the hospital receives the transfer with support and there is a good outcome for both mom and baby despite the circumstances. We forget too often that good outcomes do not always occur in the hospital setting. Wishing Jill a speedy recovery. Congratulations!

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  102. I am glad you are at home now , God bless you and baby are heathly and happy . you and derrick enjoy your adorable baby boy ! I can't wait to watch you all on may 5, .

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  103. I think it is great to leave the size of our families up to What God blesses us with. God has blessed man with abilities to provide women and babies with wonderful medical care in recent decades saving countless lives and improving outcomes for both moms and babies. I love what Whitney Bates OB doctor said, "pain in inevitable, suffering is optional". All vaginal birth is natural, whether medicines are needed or not, either for pain, blood pressure or antibiotics. Taking pain meds is no less natural than taking antibiotics, BP meds. Taking heparin to help bring a baby to term does not make that an unnatural pregnancy. The label natural really puts unnecessary pressure on women to take risks during labor, resulting in unnecessary suffering. All vaginal births are natural, as the baby came out the way God designed.

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  104. I think it is great to leave the size of our families up to What God blesses us with. God has blessed man with abilities to provide women and babies with wonderful medical care in recent decades saving countless lives and improving outcomes for both moms and babies. I love what Whitney Bates OB doctor said, "pain in inevitable, suffering is optional". All vaginal birth is natural, whether medicines are needed or not, either for pain, blood pressure or antibiotics. Taking pain meds is no less natural than taking antibiotics, BP meds. Taking heparin to help bring a baby to term does not make that an unnatural pregnancy. The label natural really puts unnecessary pressure on women to take risks during labor, resulting in unnecessary suffering. All vaginal births are natural, as the baby came out the way God designed.

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  105. She'll be fine. My first was a scary emergency c-section, and I've had two smooth and simple VBACs since. Fully intend to make this next one a VBAC too. Healing is so much harder from a c-section, it's so nice if you can avoid it, especially when you have a lot of little kids. I think she'll be able to do it!

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  106. Congratulations! Best Wishes!

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  107. My mom has a c-section with her second child and had the rest (6) naturally! She had 8 children. This could be the only c-section you'll ever have. On the other hand my grandmother had 5 c-sections (that was back in the day when it was ok to have that many). But she was married to a doctor and she was a nurse and you know doctors are always recommmending you have a c-section. I would just taking one baby at a time and if you only have 2 children, it's what God wants you to have.

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  108. I am surprised at all of the judgments about the Duggars and a little saddened. My goodness Jill and Dericks story is like a breath of fresh air in People magazine. This new mother and father have been through something incredible. It is inspiring that they can be so positive and full of gratitude after such a challenging delivery. This might be someone's only exposure to a Christian couple. Their experience and attitude speak volumes about Christ in their lives.

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  109. Congratulations Jill and Derick on the birth of Israel! I am so glad to hear that both mother and baby are okay after such a difficult labour and birth. I have a lot of respect for the Duggars and have to say, 19 Kids and Counting is the only TV show I can watch and go away feeling better and more positive afterwards. I do, however, feel uncomfortable with the way the Duggars lately have been selling their stories to this magazine. I also don't like the way they are already talking about their future births and children as if they are competing with Jim Bob and Michelle to see just how fast and how many babies they can pop out. Is having children a race? While I agree with the Duggars' stance on artificial contraception, I think this is taking things too far. I hope Jill and Derick will take the time to enjoy their little family of 3 without rushing into having another child straight away.

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  110. Jill and Derrick have often said that they will leave the number of children up to God. Wonder what will happen or how it would go if that number is only 1 or 2. I wanted many children, but after 3 the doctor said no more. Just hope that they will know enough is enough and to stop if Jill's health would be in danger.

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  111. I thought you're supposed to not be wanting more as opposed to what God would want for you. ..?

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  112. i think very kid in that family is going to have a ton of kids maybe not 19 but still. Not to be rude or anything.

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  113. Congrats on your baby! Curious if you are considering ADOPTION as a way to grow your family.

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  114. Congrats on the new bundle of joy, these are the begining of the best years of yall life. I love you guys.

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  115. Since my daughter first told me about your show, I was anxious to see it for myself and to marvel at the gracious way Jim Bob and Michelle deal with their household. When I finally was able to have cable TV, I made sure I would receive your station. It is such a blessing to see programs of good taste. I know I have really missed the boat in many areas while married and raising a family of 3 daughters and one son. We are Christians also, but early in life I was sepaarated from my family and raised by my grandparents without my siblings. I made many mistakes and I now worry that some things that I needed to be teach them, did not get caught by the kids. I am 75 yrs old and hardly ever see my grandchildren and great grand children. I do miss them but know that I can also do things for others. I crochet afghans for wounded warriors and homeless and elderly. Anyone who is the least, the last, the lost or lonely. I keep busy in my church and do what I can. I love the Lord and he is my constant help. God bless you, Lovingly, Clell R. Poeschel, Yelm WA.

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  116. One thing I find amazing: so many reports of very large term babies. My doc wouldn't allow me to gain any extra weight at all: I was allowed 1 kilo (2.2 lbs) only for the entire pregnancy. My docs (OB-GYN and hi risk specialists) and midwife all agreed: extra large babies are a sign of pre-diabetes and we don't want to go there, a good precaution. I'm surprised that in America, this hasn't been adopted as part of standard care.

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