Sunday, September 27, 2015

Seewalds Plan a Home Birth

 Jessa Seewald at 34 weeks, 2 days

Jessa Seewald, who is 35 weeks pregnant with her first child, told us that she and Ben are hoping to have a home birth. They currently reside in the two bedroom house where Josh and Anna Duggar lived for nearly four years--before moving to Washington DC--and delivered their first two children, Mackynzie and Michael.

Our plan is to have a home birth. We have lots of relatives and friends who have had wonderful experiences with giving birth at home, and we are excited and hopeful that our experience will be the same. But we also realize that sometimes (as in Jill’s case) a transfer to the hospital may be necessary, and our birth plan definitely includes a plan B.  

-Jessa Seewald


Photo courtesy of duggarfamily.com

112 comments:

  1. I think you mean Michael, not Marcus :)

    ~Lucyana

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  2. Good luck and congrats

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  3. Hope you have a quick n easy birth. Best wishes.

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  4. I can't wait to see the baby. I predict she's gonna have a girl.

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  5. Mackynzie and Michael are Josh and Anna's first two children who were born in the home. Marcus was born at a Birth Center via bath tub.

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  6. Josh and Anna had their first three kids in the house Jessa lives in now!

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    1. Their first two were born in the house. Marcus was the birthing center

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    2. #3 was born at a birth center. FYI

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    3. No they didn't... Only first 2.

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    4. Good luck Jessa, look forward to seeing you and Jill on your specials

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  7. You look adorable. Many blessings to you & Ben!

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  8. Jessa's bellie looks like she will have a baby boy😃

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  9. Congratulations on your upcoming due date and we can't wait to see you guys back on tlc...

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  10. well jessa its looks like a girl hope tlc have the family back on air cause the duggars is the only show worth while watching hoping for the best LOVE YOU GUYS (<3)

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  11. I'm guessing that's a girl

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  12. Definitly a girl , she's carrying so high!

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    1. I know!, but she still has time for the baby to engage or to drop low,

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    2. How can y'all tell the gender just by her stomach?

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    3. If you carry high it's a girl, low it's a boy and I've always known it to be true. It was when I was carrying my son.

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    4. That's funny because I've always known it to be true that it's the opposite! High for boy, low for girl. Anyhoo...I think it's a boy since her face isn't very swollen which I think happens more with a boy than girl. Only time will tell

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    5. Boy or girl doesn't matter, only healthy matters.midwife as a sister you will be fine.when they grow into fine young people to be proud of gender doesn't matter.

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  13. I think pink in their future!

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  14. Looks like a boy, she hasn't gained weight
    Anywhere but in front, usually gain weight everywhere with girls.

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  15. Awesome can't wait to see the new baby few short weeks

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  16. Jessa and Ben have you decided on the name of your baby? loll

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  17. smart girl. and good luck with the home birth.

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  18. Jessa and Ben, once again Congratulations! I pray a safe a quick birth for you and baby... (girl, I think). And I pray peace and patience for Ben. There are so many emotions that can arise during a birth but the most important is working together, and I pray God would Bless these last week's together before the baby comes. I'm sure you've heard this plenty but please get your sleep now, unfortunately many restless nights ahead. But Cherish every moment, they grow so quickly! God Bless your Family!

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  19. Lucky guess for those who say they know gender bc I've seen many pregnancies and there is no possible way to tell other than sonogram. Girls and boys mix signs. 50% chance your lucky guess is right though. Mom of 4 girls, grandma of 4 Grandsons and 2 granddaughters, Aunt, great aunt, etc.

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  20. Can hardly wait to meet your little-one.I hope it's a girl. but I know you will be happy with what ever you have. Love to you & Ben.

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  21. Jessa sure does take a lot of selfies!

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  22. Can't wait to see baby seawalds . I think its a girl, I'm also sure they have a snap chat can I please have their sc name love to be able to keep up with the girls. I don't have cable so I watch them on TV. Thank you

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  23. can jessa tell us why a home birth and not a hospital birth? viewers are wondering why?

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  24. Good luck and my god bless you all.

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  25. Congrats Jessa and Ben. So, happy for you both.

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  26. I can't wait till you come back to TLC

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  27. Praying for a healthy baby and a safe delivery!

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  28. Hope it works out for you! Poor Jill couldn't have her home birth. I think you'll have an easier labor & delivery

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  29. If it is a girl name her Allison Jewel Seewald boy Jonah Davis Seewald

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  30. Who lives in the gorgeous house that Jill and Derek were in? What happened to it? Was it sold?

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  31. I say a girl too. She is definitely carrying high. Either way, it will be a blessing for them.

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  32. Oh my goodness, Jessa looks so ready to have this baby. We cannot wait to find out whether its a boy or girl. Either way, I'm sure this baby will captivate their hearts and home. Congratulations from Southern California. :-)

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  33. Good luck Jessa and congrats! Can't wait to see the new series that you and Jill will be starring in this year! Also can't wait to see pics of your beautiful baby when he or she arrives. I really hate that we have not been able to see you progress through this pregnancy on TV as we did so many of the other Duggar babies. :(

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  34. I think she is going to have a girl as well..

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  35. I wish we could continue to share your joy best of luck an much prayer doing your Blessed event. May God blessings an love shower you an your family with extreme joy an Peace. Please try to do a video of any of the event if at all possible an pictures please. Be Blessed unity is the key �� peace ✌ love �� and harmony always. God �� love.

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  36. good luck.. I am sure you both will do what is best for your little family. god bless you all.

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  37. Hope and pray that your delivery goes well. If TLC doesn't want the Duggars then it is their lost not yours. God has something better for you. This was the best show ever. May our heavenly father bless you all.

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  38. I think she is having a boy. Praying for a smooth delivery and a healthy mom and baby.

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  39. So exciting!!! just remember one thing, the baby never follows the plan! I can't wait!

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  40. Its definitely a girl

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  41. Jessa is carrying high because of her body shape and the fact that this is her first pregnancy. How can the gender of the baby influence where it sits in Jessa's belly?

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  42. Can someone please tell me what the meaning of the word Rafflecopter means? I didn't get an answer when I asked before. To me it sounds like the combination of raffle and helicopter..? Thank you for responding to this question!

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    1. I think it is the name of the automatic, impartial selection of entries for a raffle.

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    2. I think it is the name of the automatic, impartial selection of entries for a raffle.

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  43. Why do the Duggars like home births so much? I can't wait to see the baby! I predict it will be a girl. :)

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    1. Because homebirths are the cheapest way to have a baby. Hospital births are a lot more expensive. Since they are mostly self-employed they probably have to pay for most if not all healthcare costs themselves instead of being covered by insurance.

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  44. I hope it is a girl because then Jim Bob & Michelle will have 3 granddaughter & 3 grandsons.

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  45. Jessa you will have many prayers for the safe delivery of your baby. So many people love your family. Janet Frisch

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  46. Miss you gals ! Best of luck on your delivery .can't wait to see what you have .God bless you all !!!!!!! Each and every one;).

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  47. I can't wait until Jessa and Ben have their baby...whatever the gender is, the baby will be beautiful. He/ she will be joining a very loving family...may God bless the Seewald, Dillard and entire Duggar families. Shalom

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  48. I'm proud of you. Anxious for the 5 weeks to pass.

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  49. I thought the sono looked girlish!

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  50. Their third child was born at the mid-wives center, not their home. Remember she was afraid she was going to deliver in the car???

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  51. Best wishes and may God give you a easy and safe delivery.

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  52. Laramie Jaymes for a girl or Lawson Luke for a boy

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  53. I think Jessa and Ben are going to have a baby boy.

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  54. A lot of us think that you carry a girl higher than a boy. If you can tell that someone is pregnant from the back, it is a girl. Boys present themselves lower in the pelvis. From behind, you can't tell the mom-to-be is pregnant, and she has a waist line from the back. It is harder to tell on a short gal, because she doesn't have a high and a low. Of course, this isn't perfect! ;-)

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    1. Unless the mom to be has gaine a lot of weight from over eating and what not. Then no matter what they look pregnant from the back as well

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    2. I think it's all a guess on how they carrie. I have 7 kids 4 boys and 3 girls and I looked the same for each one. It's all old wise tails but fun none the less. Jessa and Ben super happy for you both. Your going to do great. God is so good.

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  55. I think she's having a boy.

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  56. May GOD bless you with a speedy delivery that isn't too painful. And that baby hs a safe happy journey into this world.

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  57. Best wishes Jessa! May God bless you with a safe & easy delivery, recovery & baby :) Can't wait for your little one to arrive!

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  58. Hope you have a safe and speedy delivery. Miss the show and wish that TLC would bring your family back to TV land. We all make mistakes, no one is perfect, even the exec's of TLC.

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  59. As for telling the gender by the way Jessa carries, mostly just old wives' tales that keep us excited women buzzing throughout the pregnancy. There is really no scientific basis to any of these, but they make for some interesting conversation. Almost everyone predicted my first child was going to be a boy based on how I was carrying, but I eventually gave birth to a bouncing baby...girl!! I am also betting on a girl for Jessa, but based more on a gut feeling than anything. I can also imagine her surrounded by ornery little boys!!

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    1. I had 3sons and a daughter. Son 1 I carried very low. Son 2 was very high. Son 3 right in the middle. 8 years later my girl I carried in the middle. Home births help Mama relax in her own home.

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  60. What do the Duggars have against going to the hospital to have their babies? I think it would be much safer than a home birth.

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    1. I don't think there against it they like to be in their home and more relaxed and much much cheaper. I think like with Jill to be safe they will go if needed.

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  61. Marcus was born in D. C.

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    1. He was born in AR. Remember Anna was needing the bouncer in the R.V for him, and it was loaded in the truck.

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  62. I think Jessa is having a girl!

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  63. It is just as safe for a normal, healthy pregnancy to deliver at home. It is actually statistically safer for a healthy mom to deliver at home. I don't see what everyone's fascination is with giving birth in the same place people die and go when they're carrying infectious, communicable diseases. :/ Guess to each their own.

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  64. Its more comfortable and they usually have a transport plan. I wish I'd have minr as t home in ssh tead of being forced to lie on my bsck snd suffer you csn do what you need to do at h ok me more natur as l

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  65. They don't have anything against hospitals but prefer home births. Hospitals are back ups. Michelle had her last few in hospital

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  66. People are so funny with their old wives tales. I'm on baby number 4 and I've carried differently with each one. With my current pregnancy I'm carrying really high and it looks like I have a basketball under my shirt. It's a boy. My two girls sat much lower. So, unfortunately, that particular old wives tale doesn't hold much water.

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  67. What kind of prenatal care is Jessa receiving? Is she regularly seeing a doctor? A nurse midwife?

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  68. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR DELIVERY OF BABY SEEWALD

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  69. Yet another selfie...

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  70. I wonder if they were still on 19KAC if they would have revealed the gender. And will Jill and Jana and their midwifery team be there for the birth? For me, the thought of my sister delivering my baby seems weird. But the Duggars I understand because Jill's now a professional midwife. I can't wait until Jessa's baby enters the world. I predict its a girl.

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  71. Doris J Quarantillo KinmondOctober 4, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    God bless you and your family. wish you well and wish we could see the family back on TLC again. hope you have an easy birth, God be with you.

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  72. No she had Marcus in a birthing center.

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  73. We really miss you on TLC. it is to bad that the people who judged all of you have a perfect life . so sorry for their actions.And TLC shame on you for your actions.what would you do if your son or daughter did this before throw them to the wolfes or get them help. this does not mean that the whole family should be punished.

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  74. Good luck to both of you. I'll jump into the guessing and say it's a boy. Hoping you will be back on TV soon. I've watched your show since 14 children and counting. Every family has their difficult times. I don't understand TLC cancelling the show. Hopefully, they will change their minds. God bless you all.

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  75. You are very much in our prayers for a safe and beautiful birth

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  76. Congratulations Ben and Jessa Seewald on your new baby to come soon

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  77. Ben and Jessa , Congratulations, I see everyone is saying its a girl. I think you will be having a boy. 7lb 3oz. Goog luck!

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  78. Alot of women want to deliver in the hospital because the option of getting epidural is there if the pain is unbearable. Also, if something goes wrong you have a team of medical professionals who can interview within a matter of seconds which can sometimes make a difference between life and death

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