Saturday, July 8, 2017

Baby Dillard #2 is Here!

The Dillards just announced the arrival of their second son, Samuel Scott Dillard. He arrived this afternoon (Saturday, July 8th, 2017) at 1:02pm, weighing 9lbs 10oz and measuring 22 inches long. Coincidentally, his birth weight was the same as that of older brother Israel Dillard, although Israel measured one inch longer. Samuel entered the world via hospital C-section after 40 hours of labor. Congratulations, Jill and Derick!

Here is a photo of the happy big brother. Baby pictures coming soon. 

Israel Dillard

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

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  1. that's wonderful, congratulations!

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    1. It is indeed wonderful news and interesting that the birth weight for both babies is the same!

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  2. SO SAD TO HEAR THAT JILL WENT THRU 40 HRS. OF LABOUR BEFORE A C SECTION. I FEEL FOR JILL; 40 HRS LABOUR IS WAY TO LONG.....

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    1. Trust me 40 minutes of labour is too long haha

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    2. I feel her pain. I went through 52 hours of labor before a csection with my first.

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    3. I agree, most doctors will not let a woman, who has a prior c-section, go through that long of a labor. I understand women want to have a VBAC, but putting her through almost 2 days of labor is crazy.

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    4. If she had been in the hospital, there is no way they would have let her go that long--you are not a failure as a woman if you have a C-section or several for that matter

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    5. Can you not just say congratulations on the birth of a healthy son? No other comments are needed.

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    6. Well now. Sounds irresponsible once again to put mother and baby at risk. Thank God--truly--for life saving Doctors and Nurses who are highly educated professionals.

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    7. That may limit how many future births she can go through. How many C-sections have you ever heard of one Mother having ? They may not be able to have a baby per year. They could be candidates form future adoption.

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    8. Wow!!! Poor girl!

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    9. I am in agreement. That is the downside to midwives, they wait way too long to call the doctor.

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    10. I had four c sections.

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    11. I know someone who had 7 csections.

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    12. Ethel Kennedy had eleven c/sections

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    13. Connie, that was exactly my thought ! She won't be able to have multiple c-section.
      She's probably so sad not to have been able to have a natural birth.

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    14. She went through 70 hours with Israel, so 40 hours is nothing compared to that.

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    15. Generally most doctors will draw the line at 4 or 5 c-sections because the uterus becomes weak and incompetent with repeated cuts.

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    16. I had 4 c-sections.

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    17. It's very different in other countries. The US from what I've seen on telly is very control oriented in the whole birth process. Here in the U.K. Midwives take control of the care start to finish. c section is alot rarer unless its a total emergency, although some do choose it. 40 hours wouldn't be unusual here at all especially if your talking start to finish and not what's considered active labour. I started contracting 3am on the 15th august and was taken into theatre 11:45 on the 19th thankfully no c section after a helping hand.

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    18. My daughter in law checked into the hospital on November 30,and they broke her water and started the drip. It was December 3 before the dr decided to do a c section. Her labor was double Jill's, and the baby was but 6lbs. Don't blame Jill's midwife, even hospital births can be hello. DIL was begging for a c section after day 2, dr still made her labor another 2 days.

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    19. Glad Mom and baby are well. As for long labour- Jill is supposed to be a mid-wife. She should know the risk to herself and baby. Perhaps she laboured at home until someone realized she needed a hospital.

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    20. 40 hrs of labor does not mean she was in active, hard labor for 40 hrs. Labor, especially if she was not induced, can be a long process. The active part,when the pain is more intense near the end, may be only a few hours.

      However, given her history, I am surprised she did not labor in a hospital. That way she could be effectively monitored in case the child went into distress. Effective prenatal care would have known the size of her child.

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    21. Anonymous above at 9:31 AM said...
      "However, given her history, I am surprised she did not labor in a hospital. That way she could be effectively monitored in case the child went into distress. Effective prenatal care would have known the size of her child."
      --Excellent points and Truth! That's exactly the point of all of those pesky prenatal visits (determining the baby's size, relative positioning, any potential issues for mother or baby, birth canal issues, etc.). Continuous fetal monitoring during labor is to monitor stress to the baby, particularly when the baby is on the larger end of the spectrum and especially if the mother's had prior issues.
      I thank God Jill went to the Hospital-that was my specific prayer for her a month ago-that God would give her the wisdom to make this birth a hospital birth.

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    22. From photos alone anyone could tell she was carrying a huge baby. It is possible that she didn't get good prenatal care seeing she was living in a 3rd world country infested with Zika.

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    23. Connie, Ethel Kennedy also had to have a hysterectomy.

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    24. Connie, Ethel Kennedy had 11 babies, but only had 5 c-sections. Although five is still quite a few! My mom had four c-sections.

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    25. From Time Magazine, December 20, 1968: Born. To Ethel Kennedy, 40, widow of Senator Robert F. Kennedy: her eleventh child, fourth daughter; in Washington, D.C. After eight weeks in bed . since she suffered false labor pains in October, Ethel checked into Georgetown University Hospital a few days before reaching term, was delivered by caesarean section in a 40-minute operation. It was her fifth caesarean, and both mother and 8-lb. 4-oz. daughter were reported in "excellent" shape.

      So Ethel Kennedy had 11 kids, but only 5 c-sections.

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    26. I had a c-section, and it was as easy as pie with an almost painless recovery. Nothing to be afraid of if you have a good doctor and anesthesiologist.

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    27. I feel bad for Jessa and Jill...theyve had complications so early. They'll have to be careful. Michelle didn t have a c-section with any of hers

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  3. Way too long. Why did they make her go that long? Congrats on the babe though!

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  4. Congratulations Jill, Derick and Israel..... Poor thing, she seems to have a hard time with labor, glad they are all doing okay.....

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  5. Congratulations you two. I pray you have a speedy recovery. Love the name,

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  6. Congratulations! Another long labor. Poor Jill

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  7. Congratulations Jill, Derick and Israel!! And Jill you deserve a LONG and peaceful rest! Blessings to all of you!! :)

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  8. Wow! Poor Jill doesn't have easy deliveries. I will pray for a speedy recovery. Congrats to all the Duggar/Dillard families!

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  9. Yay! Congrats!! And on my son's 2nd birthday! He was also born 1:59pm CST! Can't wait to see pictures of the family family!! 😍😘💋🎊🎂

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  10. Congratulations! She sure has big babies. Wow! Thanks for the good news!

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  11. Wow! Poor Jill sure doesn't have easy labors! I will pray for a speedy recovery for her. Congratulations to the Dillard/Duggar families!

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  12. the doctor should have stopped that--hard on the baby--hard on the mom--Next time, Jill, just go with the C-section to begin with

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    1. That's ridiculous. If the baby had been in distress, they would have had a c-section sooner. If she labored 40 hours, baby was not in any dire straits. Sure, it is difficult and even grueling, but mom's have their own personal reasons for choosing at home, unmedicated birth. Labor is a natural process...it's not always an emergency. Csections are risky--high post birth infection rates for both mom and baby! Not to mention other very grave complications. She knew what she was doing and made the choice she thought best.

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    2. Re:4:50...A doctor might have stopped things , if she was seeing a doctor regularly...she should have the next BIG baby scheduled
      C- section......less stress all around..❣

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    3. Maybe there won't be a next big baby. Maybe this is all her body can handle?

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    4. So was this was an Emergency C-Section? At what point was she transported to the hospital, how long had she been in labor/active labor?

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    5. I had to have an emergency C-section and my son is doing just fine

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  13. So glad it's safely over. It was dangerous letting a labor go that long after having a previous C section. Guess it will limit how many pregnancies would be safe in the future. No matter/ I wish nothing but the best for all of the Dillard's . Izzyis a big brother/ yay!!

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  14. Wasn't Jill's labor with Israel very similar to this one?

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    1. Yes, C-section then also!

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  15. I went thru 36 hours of labor and delivered a 10 pounder 23 inches long. They threatened c-section but she decided to make her grand entrance all natural. Took me six years to decide to have another one. Congrats Jill n Derick. Hope all is well.God bless!

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  16. Such mixed feelings about this. I see a pattern of a woman ready to push the envelope with the number of children and the number of C-sections, which could end up in a frightening way. I see a woman who is having consistently large babies and long labors, which is concerning. I know their stance on birth control, which could make Jill's future difficult. As a midwife, she should know better than to play body roulette, for her own sake as well as the sake of the rest of her young family.

    Did any website say yet whether she & the baby are OK?

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    1. what?! how do you know how many babies she will have or how many c -sections? only God knows these things and that is where faith comes in. these are responsible Godly people they need no advise or mean comments in order to run their lives.

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    2. Each C-section can leave scar tissue and subsequent pregnancies can stretch things dangerously thin. I'm not sure how Jill will do if she ever tries to break her mother's birth records, starting out with 2 C-sections in a row already. The body is a wonderful thing but it does have its limits, too. Even good luck or "blessings" can run out when you least expect it.

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  17. 40 hours of labor is not based on the interest of the infant--I bet if she had been hooked to a monitor the baby's heart would have been shwoing late decels--not healthy

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    1. They nearly always put an internal monitor in with a vbac. They would at least put an external monitor on.

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    2. So when a woman is undergoing a trial of labor after c-section, she is always on continuous fetal monitoring. Jill is a midwife and I would bet she knows this better than anyone else. And just because she has had a prior section doesn't mean she would have late Decels. Labor nurse here and it's not appropriate to make assumptions, no correlation between Prior sections and lates, it can happen with any baby.

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    3. I bet a lot of that was early labor, so not hard on baby. No one can know for sure since we weren't there.

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    4. But it obviously was hard on the baby.

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    5. I labored for 33 hours with internal fetal monitoring and the baby showed no signs of distress the entire time. Including the entire 4 hours of pushing my sunny side up, large baby out. Yet, he had a pneumothorax from the stress of the labor. Give this woman a break. I completely understand wanting to do what our bodies are made to do if possible.

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  18. Wonder why no pics of Jill or little Samuel?

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    1. Because she's in the hospital.

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    2. They gave a picture of Jill and Israel while in the hospital after his birth.

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    3. Anon @ 6:49 Hospitals allow photographs and the Dillards released photographs quickly enough the last time. I think as someone else said there is more to this story than they are telling or we might ever know. I hope she is ok and recovers quickly.

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    4. Moms in the hospital still post pictures of them with their baby.

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  19. congrats jill and derick

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  20. I went through 72 hours with my first and no c section.

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  21. Congratalations to Jill and Derick. Poor Jill she was very big already but I'm glad everything is over and everything turned out fine.

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  22. Congrats and God bless you all. Can't wait to see him.

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  23. I've never given birth, so I'm one to talk, but 40 hours of labor sounds rather long to me. I would have figured Jill's doctors would have induced her earlier.

    I know she wanted to go for the home birth/natural birth, which I totally understand-- 40 hours just sounds so long! I'd be worried about any dangers/complications for both mom and baby with that long of a labor.

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    1. U cannot induce after a c-section u risk rupture

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    2. Ah, I didn't know that. Thank you!

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    3. And I guess I said induced above, but I was really thinking scrap the birth plan and move on with having a c-section. (Not sure what the right terminology would be?) Which is what ended up happening, I just figured they would have done so earlier. My cousin's OB would not let her labor for more than 23 or 24 hours.

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  24. Congratulations!
    Pray mama and baby are okay.
    God bless Jill! 40 hours of labour has to take a toll.

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  25. I don't mean to hijack the post on Jill and Derek's exciting news (congratulations!) but I am curious as to when Anna is due. It seems like she hasn't been mentioned lately. I hope her pregnancy is progressing well and that her delivery is a safe one!

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    1. They are probably keeping a low profile on it due to the controversy surrounding it.

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  26. Agree...40 hours of labor before a section is really long. Too bad the decision couldn't have been made easier to make it easier in Jill!

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  27. That is too long to labor. Why not have a c section scheduled, especially since the baby is so big? And she had a c section last time, which the doctors can take into consideration when deciding to schedule a c section. I hope next time, she gives this some thought. Why go through all that if you don't have to?

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    1. why would anyone want to go through that for a third time?

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    2. Because to bring a child into the world is one of the most extraordinary things about the human race--and an immense privilege as a woman. As someone who has experienced chronic miscarriage and secondary infertility, I can relate to suffering for the sake of immeasurable joy...or the hope of that joy.

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  28. Welcome back! You've been missed! Oh goodness- 40 hours!! Thankful for a healthy baby and momma. Traditional birth May not be in the cards for Jilly.. Safety first momma bear!

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  29. That would have been her choice and maybe something she needed to try for her own well being but a heathy baby heathy mom is a great result so congrats guys!!

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  30. Congrats. Just hope no infection sets in. If her water broke anything over 12 hours in becomes dangerous.

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  31. So happy its over !

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  32. Congratulations Jill and Derick! What a sweet blessing!

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  33. I had a long labor with my first. It is hard, but oh so worth it, even when the delivery doesn't go as planned. Get well soon, and enjoy that baby!

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  34. That doesn't to me also - try to concentrate that you have a beautiful baby boy 😍 congrats !!!

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  35. Congratulations on your new arrival...

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  36. Was the baby born in the U.S.?
    Congratulations to the Dillard Family.

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    1. Yes.They've been here since Joy and Austin got married.

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    2. Yes the baby was born in the U.S

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  37. Congratulations! Can't wait to see the pictures of your new bondle of joy! I couldn't believe what I was reading under Israel's picture! I couldn't believe that was him! He's so big!

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  38. I went 36 hours before my C-section.

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  39. Poor girl :-( glad everyone is here safely.

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  40. Please make this your last. Way too dangerous for you, Jill and two boys are a nice family. Did Jill have a C-section the first time around? Her babies are too big to deliver vaginally.

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    1. Yrs she had a c-section the first time bc israel was breach and they didn't realise until they went to the hospital

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    2. That's not a true statement there are lots of people who deliver larger babies vaginally

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    3. last month a friend of mine gave birth vaginally to a boy that had 9lbs 25oz (4,200 kg). but I think it depends on several factors..

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    4. Yes, a c-section with Israel after a very long labor too. Never hear mention of these girls having a follow up visit with an OB/GYN. Seems all they are concerned with is gender and home births. I wonder what a doctor would recommend to Jill about baby #3; she's so tiny delivering such large babies. Wish them all much health and happiness.

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    5. Not true, I just have birth to a 9lb 9.5oz baby vaginallu with only 4 hours of labor. It was a completely uncomplicated med free birth. It's definitely possible.

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    6. Every woman is different, but the fact that she just had her second big baby by c-section should tell her and her doctors some important information when it comes to family planning.

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    7. 4 Hours is not 40 hours and yours likely didn't follow a previously large baby with a prolonged labor necessitating a C-Section. Please do not compare apples to oranges.

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    8. My first baby was 11 pounds and I had him at home with 3 midwives. It was not easy but it can be done.
      Also women can have large babies after c-sections I'm a midwife and had several clients who had previous c sections and then birthed larger babies vaginally. It really depends on the babies head position in the birth canal.
      It also depends on your birth team. I had very knowledgable midwives a combined 80 years experience and they knew very well the position of my baby and helped me to get into the right positions to help my baby's head adjust.
      Good luck to Jill and derick in raising their boys, I hope the adjustment is smooth for Israel.

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  41. Sad to hear she didn't get the VBAC she wanted, but yay for a healthy baby and Mama! I also had a C-section after 44 hour labor, I feel her pain. Good thing she had lots of help around. 💜

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  42. BLESSINGS UPON THEM---SAFELY HERE---

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  43. Sad to hear that Jill had to have another c-section. :( But congrats on baby Sam!

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    1. Why would you be sad that she had to have another C? She's alive and so is the baby. That's what counts, not how he got here. Are you sad that it will possibly mean that she should consider limiting family size in the future? Or that her future pregnancies might be more risky due to another round of scar tissue? Other than that, I don't see much reason to be sad.

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    2. I think she means sad that Jill didn't get to have a natural birth experience (which are generally easier to recover from than C-sections, as well as something Jill has assisted with many times and perhaps wanted to experience for herself).

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  44. Congratulations!! Hope healing and recovery goes well. God bless you guys and your sons ❤️❤️

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  45. Were they in the US for the birth?

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    1. Yes, Jill and Derick, came back to America in May, so that they could attend Joy and Austin's wedding, and be in the USA, for their second baby's birth.

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  46. Why in this day and age anyone would go through 40 hrs of labor is crazy..Jill and baby were so distressed it could have took both of their lives...unbelievable...
    Jill and Derrick are very irresponsible
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    1. It isn't irresponsible. I am sure they were monitoring her and the baby the whole time.

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    2. Sometimes people are in early labor for days, not uncommon. I'm assuming this may be a case where she was in early labor for a while (aka her body dilating 1-6cm) and then active labor kicks in and then its a whole new time frame.

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  47. I'm glad Jill is alright, but this should tell her if she plans on more children, she needs to go to a hospital from the beginning. Forty hours of labor is way too long!

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    1. If I were in labor that long, I might be more comfortable for the earlier part at home than in the hospital. Her early labor could have taken up a large portion of that 40 hours. I think we need more details before speculating.

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  48. Aw, I'm happy he's here, safe and healthy, but I feel bad that Jill had another marathon labor. Hopefully her recovery won't take too long. Congrats, Jill and Derick!

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    1. Congrats from my mom and I. God bless you and your family always.

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  49. Ugh! I "love" all the unsolicited medical advice from the armchair OB's in the comments *eye roll*. A woman's childbirth choices are between her and her doctor.

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    1. No, remember that even the best-laid childbirth choice can go right out the window the minute there's trouble. You can't be cavalier about how you deliver, or try to win any prizes by having your mind set on only having "natural" deliveries or home deliveries.

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    2. Was she seeing a doctor.......

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    3. They put their lives out there before the public so the scrutiny comes with it.

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    4. Problem is Jill doesn't appear to have a doctor because if she did they would not have permitted her to try a VBAC at home or go 40 hours in labour and getting to the point lf requiring an emergency section. By the way I am not an OB but I am a registered nurse with some training in the area as most qualified nurses do. It is apparently illegal in Arkansas for a registered midwife to assist in a VBAC at home so who was helping Jill as she laboured? Please think about that because we could be discussing a much sadder and serious outcome here.

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    5. Yes! And so many of the comments here are NOT fact. You cannot give medical info based on what you know, heard, experienced, etc. unless you are a medical professional. Even they disagree after years of training.

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    6. Agreed, thank you! So much judginess coming out here.

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  50. Thankful Mom and baby are doing well! Congratulations to Mom Dad and new big brother! Just a note to those upset over the duration and eventual c-section. No one can ever forsee the need for intervention. It is appropriate to attempt a vaginal natural birth for HER circumstances. We in todays society are conditioned for faster less "complicated" births. I do feel the need to remind folks it's called labor for a reason. It IS hard work getting babies here and we don't know how long her water was broken during labor. If she labored the majority of the time unruptured and is monitored appropriately then while 40 hours is long she likely labored mostly at home under observation unruptured without pitocin. So often women are ruptured strapped to a bed and given pitocin. When you tamper with labor to much it just adds to the risk of a c-section. I have many close friends who have opted to let nature take its course and those women do naturally labor longer and rarely need intervention. Jill just happens to be one of the rather rare exceptions to the rule. Because she is well known and in the public eye there seem to be a lot of people who want to criticize her choices and accuse her of poor judgement. That isn't fair or right. Again totally appropriate to attempt a natural birth yes it was long but she is tough and not uneducated about the process when you labor naturally without augmentation it can and often does take longer. She tried and it was APPROPRIATE for her to do so. Rest up Jill and Congratulations.

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    1. No one can ever foresee the need for intervention? Not correct. Multiples, big babies in relation to mother's proportions, past history of complications, transverse babies, gestational diabetes, other mother's medical conditions... All can be foreseen.

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  51. Congrats!!! Such a blessing.. However I feel her pain.. I was in the hospital being monitored for 3 days then they decided C-section!!! Do these men not realize how much pain we go through.

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  52. Congrats we share the same birthday. I couldn't imagine a 40hrs of labor my labor with my son was 12 hrs and I only made it to a 5 before the doctor had me deliver him (24 weeker)

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  53. Congratulations Jill, Derick, and Is real. So happy for you.

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  54. What doctor didn't see another huge baby and C-section coming? They should have just planned for that from the start. If there's a next time, I hope they don't make her go another 40 hours until they decide.

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    1. What doctor ? Is exactly the question..😳

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  55. One shouldn't be sorry about a C-section, but rather "congratulations" and be thankful that there was a way to deliver the baby. I had four C-sections (two emergency and two scheduled since the first two followed the exact same pattern). With my fourth, I was considered a higher risk due to scarring, but thankfully they discovered that was minimal.

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  56. Baby Samuel (July 8) missed James's birthday (July 7) by one day!!!!

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    1. They're working on a birthday for someone in the family on every day of the year. The signs and streamers can stay up 365, and it'll be cake with dinner every night!

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  57. Congrats! I'm very happy for y'all. I had my son 6 days before your little Samuel.

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  58. Congratulations to the whole family. No one said but are they back in the states?

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  59. 40 hours is almost 2 days. That's just too long. A lengthy difficult labor is not a badge of honor.

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  60. Congratulations Jill & Derick and Big brother Isreal.
    I don't know why you all thing 40 hours is a long time in labor it's not. Maybe Samuel just didn't want to come out just yet.

    The hospital might not had enough rooms for her just yet so she had your wait 40 hours she probably had to wait in the hallway tell they they could get her in to a room to do a c-section.

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  61. Congrats on your new little one prayers for a speedy recovery I hope you stay state side

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  62. CONGRATULATIONS Jill £ Derick on the birth of yourlittle one. Hoping for a speedy recovery.

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  63. As a trained midwife, Jill is aware of the risks and made decisions accordingly. It's none of our business. Congrats to the happy family!

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  64. CONGRATULATIONS to the Dillards!!!!!:O))
    Derick,Jill,Israel and sweet baby Samuel!!!!:O))
    God bless you All,Nancy from IOWA!

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  65. Congratulations Jill! Looking forward to seeing a picture of Samuel. Praying for you to have a good recovery.

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  66. If you're not a doctor than you have no business judging them. I am sure if the doctor felt it was dangerous they would have had the C-section earlier. It seems understandable to at least try to have the baby naturally.

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    1. I think had there been a "Doctor " things would have not gone on so long.....even taking the baby a little early....nothing wrong with that... .
      And Jill may be a midwife,,,,but when did she get much experience?!

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  67. If Jill had proper prenatal care she would of known that baby was going to be large and long and would've been able to plan property instead of trying at home and then having another emergency c-cection after 40 hours. As a nurse, she could've easily ruptured!

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    1. Not a rupture this time, but what if she attempts to have more children like this? She's not exactly having non-dramatic births, is she?

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  68. Sounds like they should give up the home birth attempts. God isn't going to love or bless you more if you deliver a child conventionally at home.

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  69. So tired of the mean comments on this blog. Just don't get people who have nothing better to do than leave nasty comments especially concerning something as joyous as a new life coming into a Godly home. Congrats Jill and Derrick! God bless your growing family!

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    1. 40 hours of labor and an emergency C-section is a big deal. You have to expect that some readers, based on their own experiences, may have negative comments. It is not the safest way to deliver a baby.

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  70. I know the lord is holding you close in this time. Your new bundle of joy will help you get on your feet.

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  71. congratulations to the Dillard family on the birth of Samuel Scott Dillard.
    I would think that the size of the two children at birth is the main issue ( forgetting what was the exact cause that lead to a c section with israel ) perhaps keeping a close eye on the weight of the child in the 3rd trimester will give them an idea of what to expect with any future births.
    Yes I agree 40 hrs is too long for a second birth - to let the mother just continue as is.

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  72. So much mis-information in these comments. 40 hours is a long labor but it's not inherently unsafe, it depends on how mama and baby are doing, which we don't know since we weren't there. It is likely she just got tired which led to the csection. Also vbacs are much safer than csections. A csection is a major surgery and there are a lot of potential complications, so good for Jill for trying to have a vbac before jumping to a csection. I wouldn't be surprised if they have another and she tries for a vba2c (vaginal birth after 2 csections). I believe Michelle had a c section or two and went on to have a vaginal birth. I also doubt they will let this limit their family size. There have been women who have had 5 or 6 csections.

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  73. my goodness jill has big babies!! i thought 'baby samulito' might be about the same size as israel but wow! hope everyone is doing well

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  74. I don't know how to word this, but you've been my favourite Duggar, since 16 kids and moving in, and all I want is for u to be live long and prosper!!!! I just hope, u will always take GOOD CARE of yourself, and don't but yourself in danger!!!!! I care about u, and I'd be very upset if anything bad happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hey maybe the next boy u could call him Skylar, LOL.

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  75. Congratulations! Lovely name. Can anyone tell me if it is normal in the U.S. to give a first and a middle name? I gave my sons two names but I live in the Netherlands and here that is not the standard. I noticed every member of the Duggar family had two names including the in laws and grandchildren. Curious to your responses. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Yes. Middle names are very common in the US :-)

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    2. Yes, first and middle names are pretty much the norm here. Depending on where you live, some people will only call a person by their first name...while in other parts of the US, it is common to call people by both their first and middle name.

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    3. Well...since the above poster said e shouldn't encourage Jill without information...I would also say that without information, we shouldn't discourage Jill from future children as well. It goes both ways.

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  76. I'm doubtful that is was 40 hours labour. Labour is considered to be the continuous painful contractions 3 in a ten min period lasting a minute and the cervix more than 3cm dilated.

    Some women can have hours and even days of prelabour (the body preparing for labour, and yes it's uncomfortable and painful). So many women count the prelabour as labour and one of the reasons women end up with horrible stories of 50 labours that were 30 hours of prelabour.
    Ps I'm a midwife and have experience in this area.
    Kind regards to the family.
    Ps I don't think it was dangerous to try a vbac, and I think with proper care you may achieve a vbac in future.

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    1. I was in "pre labor" for 24 hours and then 20 hours of actual, active labor (14 hours before epidural) with contractions before needing a C-section. Even if you are a midwife, you weren't there and shouldn't judge the way they choose to share the story. They may be counting "pre labor" as labor.

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  77. Congratulations Jill and Derick! :)

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  78. Why do they post pictures like this, is it to get people stirred up and cause controversy? A simple announcement that he had arrived weight, length etc and left it a little longer to post a less dramatic picture would have been more appropriate. Also not one mention of Jill, I truely hope she is ok, some women (I am one) just arn't made for easy deliveries, thank goodness for medical science and skilled, educated doctors, midwives and NICU nurses who step in and save the day. Derick needs to step up if they have another baby and insist his wife goes to the hospital or I fear he could end up a single father.

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  79. Congrats Jill! We can't wait to see pictures!
    I know what it feels like to go into labor wanting a vbac and then needed a csection.
    My labor was very fast but baby was breech.
    My last baby my labor was fast as well and I was able to have a vbac after 2 c sections.
    I hope you have a fast recovery .
    And wanted to let you know having 2 c-sections does not stop you from having more babies. I know some people who have had around 5 or more. And you also know you can try again for a vbac as long as everything is ok.
    I did have my vbac at the hosptial with a CNM at a teaching hospital that had a higher vbac success rate. And they also do family -centered csection as well.

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    1. You can't know or predict what shape her body will be in after 2 C's, or whether she'll be able to ever have more deliveries of any kind. So I wouldn't go encouraging her to "try."

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    2. I agree anon july 9 2:06, she now also has 2 children to think about.

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  80. Way to go Jill...sounds like you gave it your best effort, in the end it's all about happy and healthy! Enjoy your newest blessing!

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  81. We all feel bad for Jill , having such birthing problems...but she needs to have a doc pre schedule a Csection next time....next 40 hour labor...might not come to a safe conclusion......-just saying 😬 What is she trying to prove. !

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    1. Im sure Jill was wishing she could deliver vaginally since it wouldn't limit her family size. She'll need a C section for all subsequent deliveries now and there is a limit to how many of those she can have.

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  82. So happy for the Dillards...congrats to all and please show us a pic of the sweet child soon

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  83. So happy he's finally here. Congrats to you, Jill, Derick and the big brother, Israel...

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  84. My goodness, people!!! 40 hours of labor doesn't always mean 40 hours of hard labor! Sometimes labor begins with mild contractions that can last a whole day or more. Why don't we just be happy that she and the baby are fine. She may not have 19 babies, but she can certainly have several more safely via C-section.

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    1. Then again, she may not be able to have any more, delivered either way. It depends on the condition of her organs and if she can carry or deliver ever again. Let's hope she gets that thoroughly checked out before she ever thinks about more babies.

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    2. You're assuming there aren't issues with scar tissue, muscle and nerve damage, etc. Just as a C-Section doesn't necessarily "doom" a mom to more C-Sections, it doesn't always mean successful VBAC's either. Every woman's body and recovery process is different. Forty hours of labor, given her previous medical and birthing history and the size of this baby, is pushing medically safe labor practices. The previous posters expressing this are correct and concerned for Jill's health (mental and physical), as well as her baby's.

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    3. Well several more? I believe the max recommended is 3 via c-section.. you are welcome to correct me if I'm wrong. And as of now it seems she will most likely have big babies, so big risk of a c-section and with more c-sections the risk of grave complications are bigger.

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  85. Congratulations!! Wonderful news!

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  86. So many people evaluating and judging every detail of Jill and her family's life! It's pathetic. Just congratulate them and move on please. Get a life!

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    1. Come on, 12:55. This blog encourages it. From pregnancy announcements to gender reveals to name reveals to "guess when the baby will come" to birth announcements to non-stop congratulatory videos. You really expect readers not to say anything and have no opinions?

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    2. 12:55, no need to get so upset. This is, after all a place for readers to communicate. It might be better if we could just get along and feel free to have open discussion without getting angry at each other. It's okay to disagree.

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    3. Well said 2:38!

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    4. Then they need to stop airing every detail of their lives. So unrealistic to think there won't be positive and negative comments because people are giving their opinions.

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    5. Well said 2:38!

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  87. When women are pregnant they can get gestational diabetes. It is a type of diabetes that the women usually has only during the pregnancy, then after the baby is born it goes away. It can cause babies to grow to larger than average size while still in the womb and can sometimes cause pregnancy or birth issues. It can also contribute to high blood pressure and possible preeclampsia. It is often genetic. I'm not saying that Jill or the other Duggars had it, but Michelle did have issues with high blood pressure during some of her pregnancies and I don't know if they ever found the cause of her pregnancy hypertension. All women should avoid most salt, refined sugars(candy, soda) and all alcohol during pregnancy. Avoiding high consumption of salt and sugar during pregnancy can help prevent the possibility of gestational diabetes. Processed carbs like white bread actually turn to sugar/glucose in the body as well, so it is almost the same as eating sugar, while whole grain bread is better for the body. It is just a good idea for any pregnant women to be aware of that, in case there are any reading this. I'm glad that the baby is born and I hope that Jill will heal completely as quickly as possible.

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  88. How is it that it's stated that Jill and Samuel are doing well when the photo released shows him hooked up with leads and has an IV in his arm? This is not normal routine procedure with a newborn and NO explanation at all about that? Please understand, we know there is some privacy here, but many who follow this family, fans OR NOT want this child to be well and hope all IS well. We care to know why this was being done to little Sam and they should let us know soon what's what with this labor and delivery...also what the real doctor advised Jill for the future.

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  89. Either Jill isn't large enough to deliver babies of this size (and that will never change for her) or her babies are so large in utero that they cannot 'turn' in the proper position to deliver. We would like to know is Sam couldn't turn because of his size. Jill obviously can't 'push', so C-sections are the way for her. I'm pretty sure it's just not a good thing to constantly put her body through this every 2 years or so for the next 25 years.

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  90. For all those scolding comments to posters who are told to mind their business, they're not doctors, etc. the same is said to those posters here who encourage Jill to continue on..etc. YOU are not doctors either and if something happens in the future to either Jill or her baby, are you all willing to take responsibility for that encouragement given without ANY medical information on her? I would think no....so please, stop encouraging her on. Just be glad that this child seem to have a bump in his start,but will most likely be OK.

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  91. Congratulations to the Duggar and Dillard Family. Can't wait to see the baby and see it all play out on TV.

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  92. There are way too many comments from perhaps well-meaning people who don't know what they are talking about. As a doctor, I did an obstetrics rotation in medical school but, since that is not my specialty, even I would not write comments second-guessing the midwife and doctor who were looking after the best interests of Jill. Midwives are an amazing part of the health care team. In Canada and the USA, midwives have excellent outcomes for moms & babies because they know when to call for more help. That is not a sign of weakness; it's smart. I am Christian but that means that I know that the usual mortality for deliveries and for newborns is VERY high without medical help (midwives, doctors, nurses, everyone else in a hospital). God gives us free will. There are ways compatible to with a Christian lifestyle to decide to spread out pregnancies or not have further pregnancies if mom's life is at risk. Jill may be just fine for lots more or maybe not. We, the general public, will not know unless she decides to share that private info. I wish her & her family all the best.

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  93. Congrats Dillard and Duggar family!!!

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  94. Jessa delivered both Spurgeon and Henry completely naturally at home, and they were 9 lbs. 11 and 8 lbs. 11 respectively, but then Jessa then started bleeding heavily after Spurgeon's birth and had to be rushed to the hospital for a transfusion.

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