Friday, June 29, 2018

Watch Garrett's Delivery NOW


Although it has not yet aired on TLC, Garrett Duggar's delivery is available on TLC.com. Even in the midst of the pain, Kendra stays pretty calm. She even has a smile on her face between contractions. Her support system during labor is made up of Joe, her mom, and her sister Lauren. Below are the links to parts one and two of the mini birth special.

On another note, Kendra's mom announced another pregnancy soon before Garrett's delivery.

Garrett's Birth Special Part 1
Garrett's Birth Special Part 2

Photo is property of joeandkendra.com; used with permission

165 comments:

  1. Awww, I cannot access it. It says "Your subscription does not include this content". I'll have to wait until July 6th

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    1. The full thing is on YouTube if anybody wanted to watch.

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  2. It wont let me watch is it because i am in Australia

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    1. I'm in the UK and same thing here. I'm not sure why TLC are doing this, its the same with the John David and Abbies courtship announcement, its all over social media so its hardly a secret to be kept to surprise international viewers!

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  3. Did she have a natural birth or an epidural? I can’t watch๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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    1. Kendra didn't have an epidural.
      Having an epidural doesn't make you any less of a woman or mother. I'm proud of how Kendra labored and managed pain when she has a history of passing out from pain, but wouldn't judge her (or any woman) if she did have an epidural. Joe also showed what a caring husband he was throughout the birth. They are truly partners in life.
      Good for Kendra knowing herself and going to the hospital to be monitored during labor.

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    2. There was no appearance of pain meds, so a natural, hospital birth. Kendra was a rock star, she did great!

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    3. I watched it but they never say if she got an epidural- I was going to ask the same thing ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผ‍♀️ I’m kinda thinking she did cuz she was talking between pushes lol and I had epidurals for 2 of mine and so it just seems to me she did. Either way, I was curious about that as well! (And how long she had to push for)- motherhood is still new to me so I was just curious and get interested in others birth stories lol ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    4. No epidural.

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    5. Natural, not sure about epidural they did not show one. She was a trooper and her mom was really helpful in walking Joe and Kendra through breathing techniques.

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    6. 10:28, did I say it made you less of a mother? Nope, I asked because I had been wondering if she would or not since all the other Duggar daughters+Anna chose to. I think it’s fine either way, if you can’t handle pain by all means, get some relief.

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    7. 10:56, Anna and Jessa had natural births. Jill and Joy had C-sections.

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    8. 11:04 - I was able to talk (and even joke!) during pushes without an epidural. I had the IV "pain relievers" with a few labors, but they were pretty much useless. I had an epidural once, and that was really the only time I had actual pain relief during labor. When they ask you if you want an IV for pain relief to "take the edge off," don't believe them!!

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    9. 1:26, true. They tried for hours/days at home though before coming in, so I forgot. Hopefully they’ll be more careful next time.

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    10. Anonymous 4:00, with my last child, I got medicine in an IV at like 8 1/2 cm. The medicine did nothing at all. And the baby was born 30 mins later. Because he was born so fast after getting the IV, the NICU team had to be present to make sure his breathing was fine. He was fine, but the medicine did nothing.

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  4. U can't see the video, if one is in Canada!!!!!!!!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful! Kendra, you are a warrior girl!! Blessings to you all.

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  6. Won't play on my PC.

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  7. I've had 5 children, and I'm expecting child number 6. I know how hard labor and natural birth is. But it is something special seeing the momma hold her baby that she labored hours for. It's amazing. When Kendra held her son for the first time, a tear might have slid down my eye. Welcome to motherhood, it's an amazing selfless journey.

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    1. Congratulations on baby number six! You are so right, motherhood is a selfless journey. God bless you and your family.

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    2. I have six too, and I completely agree with you!

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    3. I have 5 too, and seeing a birth always brings tears to my eyes. Such a special, special moment.

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  8. It looked like the link was going to work, and then it gave a unavailable error message

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  9. Such a sweet episode! Thank you TLC for letting us watch for free! Congratulations Joe and Kendra!! Your baby is so adorable!

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  10. Too bad! I'm from Canada and the video is not available here

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  11. Loved getting to see it early, still going to watch it on tv. Congratulations Joe & Kendra!

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  12. Thank you for the videos! Very sweet and so exciting.

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  13. thank you for posting this!

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  14. Ahh it's not available to me!

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  15. As usual...NOT AVAILABLE in Europe..:(

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  16. Is there any way for us international viewers to watch? Thanks!

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  17. Went to watch this and it says it’s not available in my region I live in the UK

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  18. I am shocked. I watched this video of Kendra's baby's delivery. This young girl should never have had to suffer like that. Didn't she take any pain medication? If not, why not?
    They really are children having children. I'm glad both of them came through this well. I also hope that they're re-thinking this 'as many as God sends'. God sends babies only AFTER our own actions 'bring them'. There are ways to avoid producing child after child which are NOT sinful in the least. God IS IN medicine and medical avenues. Barriers are NOT a sin. We are not all cut out for as many children as God sends, so it's illogical to me. thank you

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    1. I think a medical free birth is more natural and brings you closer to God

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    2. I had all four of my children in the same hospital. All of them were birthed without the use of any medications. Its wonderful that the mother gets to decide whether or not she wants to be medicated or not during the birthing process. As to whether or not they have more children, that's really between them and God.

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    3. You're really going to say that!!! 4 crash emergency C-section sections, no sweet birds singing, not even awake for my babies coming into the world, tiny and not breathing. It has nothing to do with being medically free.

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    4. God created women's bodies so amazingly that we can track when we are fertile in order to try to conceive or avoid a pregnancy. Not the old rhythm method--there are various effective and scientific methods now.

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    5. 5:38- Some women prefer not to have pain reliever, it’s just a preference. I agree with your statements regarding contraception and that not everyone is cut out to have kids or large families. God may have created the process, but we pretty much have it in our control to decide how many kids we have, barring infertility issues.

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    6. She didn't have pain medication because she didn't want pain medication. It's as simple as that. She made the choice of what was right for her and her baby and her body. I'm thankful she was able to make that choice for herself.

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    7. It's her choice whether or not to have pain medication. Women should be allowed to make their own medical decisions and we should respect other's decisions about how they approach pain management.
      However, a medication-free birth does not bring you closer to God. You're not a better Christian for choosing not to have an epidural. It just means you prefer less medical intervention. Would that mean to you, @anon 8:15, that Kendra is closer to God than Jill and Joy because they had c-sections?

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    8. She is not a child having a child! She is a married adult! She chose whether to have pain medicine or not. It was her labor and delivery, so she got to decide. Why would they rethink having as many as God gives them? Some people that do that still only have one or two children. Not everyone is blessed with many children. Every child is precious to God. If someone believes they should have as many as God gives them, what does it hurt you? They are the ones who take care of their children.

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    9. Are you kidding me!?!

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    10. I thought Kendra’s delivery went quite well.....she had controll, did not appear to have crossed the line from pain to suffering where intervention is recommended. You saw something very different than I did. Great job Kendra and Joe, you were prepared and Kendra’s mom was a terrific support.

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    11. What is wrong having a natural childbirth without any pain meds? Not everyone wants an epidural. I know I didn't and had all four of my without any. I think Kendra handled her labor and delivery very well without any pain meds.

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    12. Why get medication if you don't need it? Labour is painful. It's pain that serves a purpose. It's fully possible to work with the pain. It all begins with a healthy attitude towards the labour your about to endure. If your attitude is not to accept that labour is going to be very painful, then as a consequence, you'll be less likely to tolerate the pain.

      Accepting the pain and viewing it as a natural part of labour, will make you less likely in need of medicine or make you need less of it.

      I've had three natural deliveries mysrlf, two of them were very fast(less than two hours from the very first contraction) and extremely intense ones. Still, I managed without any medicine.

      Having certain pain medications, such as epidural, comes with its own risks, so I'm glad I went all natural at the hospital.

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    13. God: "Multiply and replenish the earth," and He has never rescinded this command. I think we should leave these kind, gentle people to their own decisions. They love their children, see them as blessings and give them a special place in their family. ❤ From Utah

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    14. I've had two births with epidurals and three natural. I personally like feeling in control of labor and with the epidural I was confined to bed. With the others I walked around and changed positions until the baby was born. I have a high pain tolerence and my last was the worst pain, and I honestly didn't know if I could do it. But I did and he's turning a year old this week. I had to totally rely on God to get through but it's an awesome feeling after delivery. We are 9 weeks pregnant and hopefully we can have another natural birth. But in the end what really matters is that the baby and Mom are fine. Whether you decide to have no medicine, an epidural, steriods or whatever, I don't think anyone should be looked down upon. Labor is hard and it's important to do what is right for you and your baby.

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    15. Med free birth can be really positive and after the birth you can jump right into life with no resdual issues from meds. I had 2 pain relief free births. Nothing wrong with that!

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    16. It is a personal decision. Some people don't want any pain medication. Some joke they want an epidural before they even start labour. Some even go so far as to want to schedule a C section.

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    17. My birth experience even with pain meds didn't bring me closer to God. Quite the opposite. Speak for yourselves. Some people can't tolerate a splinter or a paper cut, let alone giving birth.

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    18. It was her personal choice, I'm sure, which is what we want every woman to have, right?

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    19. Jump back into life right after giving birth? If there's any time you DESERVE some rest, it's then! I had pain med and I'm positive it wore off within hours, because I couldn't sit down without wincing. I wasn't jumping back into anything for weeks, not until I healed.

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    20. Anon at 943PM: I don't judge Kendra at all for not getting an epidural. I also hope everyone bragging about how their all natural births bring them closer to God won't judge a woman who DOES choose to get an epidural such as, say, Erin Bates Paine, who did with her last 2 pregnancies.

      BTW Kendra may not have got pain meds but she technically did NOT have a totally natural birth as
      the doctor artificially "broke her waters" to speed her labor up. Many natural birth proponents oppose this as raising the risk of complications such as infection and also starting the clock ticking on how much longer the woman can labor until a c-section is necessary. And of course, being cared for by a OB not a midwife and planning a hospital birth is very different from her sisters-in-law did it.

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    21. I was 17 when I had my first, he came in less than 5 hours, no pain meds at all. I do have a high tolerance for pain though... I once pierced my own ear with a clean needle, no ice or anything. Anyhow I feel the older I’m getting the less pain I can handle ( currently preggo with #12 and feeling like I can’t do it again)!

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    22. C. Frydenlund- If you managed childbirth without drugs, that's great...for you. However, your assumption that all one needs is a healthy attitude, kind of reminds me of the same line I'd hear regarding menstrual pain, which came from those who didn't experience it at all or at the level of some unfortunate women. Every woman's body is different, as is their anatomy, physical abnormalities, and pain tolerance. Sometimes, no amount of a "healthy attitude" is going to make a dent in agonizing and relentless pain. I am personally thankful for pain control medications and no woman should feel pressured to refrain from using them, or made to feel that she's somehow not in control if she asks for them.

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    23. Listen to most of you....shoulda woulda coulda. What she chose, what she should have chosen verses what you chose and think she should have done. Birth is a unique and individual experience for each woman, Kendra had her mom, a very experienced mother to guide her. I’m sure Kendra and Joe had a birth plan and good medical care throughout the pregnancy. Epidural shmepidural....she labored, she delivered a healthy baby, both mom and baby are doing great! Congratulations Kendra and Joe!

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    24. Anonymous 10:28. I never said a healthy attitude meant not being in need of any meds. I just said it might make you less in need of it. Surely I know natural isn't for everyone, and that there are different circumstances that make the need for medicine very real.

      My views are probably colored by the fact that I live in a country where we have very low induction and C-section rates and where going natural, for the most part is the norm and our delivery rooms are the midwives domain.

      As for menstrual pain, I have PCOS. Trust me, I know fully well what real menstrual pain is like. My ovaries have twisted as well. Birth is still more painful, but I'd take that over my worst menstrual cramps. At least labour has the best prize at the end.

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    26. Are you kidding? Kendra's birth seemed much easier than average for a first birth. Maybe it was just TLC's editing, but it seems like she was able to talk through the contractions even up to a few hours before birth. I'm glad she was so lucky.

      Drugs can lead to more interventions and complications, so it's good that she was able to hold off. She did a wonderful job.

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  19. I watched it. She did so good through it. I thought it was tastefully filmed. Labor is rough. I thought in one of the previous photos with Kendra's mom she looked like she was expecting again. That had to be strange trying to coach her daughter through, knowing that time is coming for her again. God has a purpose for every child born. We may all see it as more children born, but God sees future leaders, teachers, preachers, hopefully all to be used for his kingdom .I'm glad she had a safe delivery.

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    1. What, exactly, is the purpose of countless children suffering neglect and abuse at the hands of dysfunctional adults, or caught in the crosshairs of war and violence not of their making? God, if there is one, has much explaining to do. Platitudes and scripture quoting don't count.

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    2. Well said.

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    3. I agree it was tastefully and modestly done, though I don't know if we really needed to see Kendra whimpering in pain for more than a second or two. I probably wouldn't let a young child see that because it would probably be scary for them.

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    4. 9:04, because there is sin in the world

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    5. "Sin" is not the reason that innocent babies and children suffer. Abuse is a choice someone makes. War, famine, and disease don't arise from sin.

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    6. 3:41, it’s all a result of sin. God didn’t bring sin in the world, people did

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  20. Am I the only one who finds it awkward that Kendra’s mother is pregnant at the same time as she is? I know I would find it awkward if my mother was pregnant at the same time as me.

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    1. No, I don't think so. I would've thought it was cool if it had happened, though.

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    2. I think it is extremely awkward! Kendra's mom already has 7 children. That's more than enough. She should stop. Thankfully, this situation would never happen with my mom and me, because I don't plan on having children. Even if I did have them, my mother is already 58!

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    3. Saying that someone has "more than enough" children is such a slap in the face. I got some pushback when I was expecting my fifth and last child, and it really bothered me. Who is someone else to say that my child should not have been born? He's six now, and a great source of joy and delight. How dare someone else say that he was "more than enough."

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    4. 7 is enough. She should focus on the childeren and grandchilderen die has.

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    5. 11:45, wow I’m glad you won’t be raising any hateful kids who think it’s ok to tell another couple how many children they should have. Shame on you

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    6. Anon, 1:02 everything has a limit, just like an elevator can’t hold more than x amount of people, our planet earth can only sustain x amount of people. India is already on the brink of collapse, there are so many people there that the number of resources and people dont balance out. So far the US dosent have that problems but if everybody started acting like the duggars the US will get there. The very popular statement there is no such thing as an extra child on this blog is getting very silly. As I said before the earth can only handle soo much and if the birth rate overwhelmingly exceeds the death rate then we have a serious problem.

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    7. 2:59, there are a number of countries in the world where the birth rate is actually declining, which causes a whole different set of problems.

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    8. Actually there are many countries (like Japan and many European countries) where there are not enough children being born to sustain the current population, they are expecting NEGATIVE population growth. A lot of old people are living and dying alone.

      There are certainly parts of the world that are overcrowded but even China recently liberalized their one-child policy into a two-child policy. I believe one reason is because families were selectively aborting or abandoning female babies and they now have too many men and not enough women to birth THEIR babies.

      And BTW is that really where we want to go in the US? Forcing people to only have X number of children or pay severe legal penalties at best, be coerced into sterilization or abortion at worst? That's the obvious conclusion to the idea that people have "enough" children after a certain number and "should stop", that the State should somehow force them to stop.

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    9. Anon 8:05 and 9:35, yes some European countries are experiencing negative population growth, and that’s not a good thing either. But that just shows you that extremes on both sides is not good. If people decide to have a lot of children than we will become like India and China, If people decide to have none or no more than 1 child then we become like Japan and Europe. Like I said before the US currently has a stable population but if people continue to have a lot of children or no children than we wil become like India or Europe. So I guess the solution would be for every country to maintain a steady population growth and to not go too much above or too much below. But obviously that’s easier said than done.

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    10. I'm not too concerned about a mega family here or there pushing our country over its limits. It's just not that common.

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  21. The best part about it was that no Duggar was visibly there. It was just her mom, sister and Joe. It shows that she has maintained her strong family connections and not gotten over run by the Duggar train. I loved it!

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    1. Yes, not a lot of people who just look. Just really private.

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  22. Thank you for sharing, the video was so beautiful I watched it a few times. May god bless you Joe, Kendra and Garrett...Jane

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  23. Hi I can't watch it here on Irish tic it will not let me in love to have seen it all a big fan of your family

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  24. That is a great clip. It was beautifully done.
    After her newest little brother/sister arrives, how many siblings will Kendra have?

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  25. Thanks for sharing. It brought tears to my eyes.

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  26. Kendra, you did GREAT!!! I'm a mother of six and I delivered all of them 100% natural no epidural and no pain medication what so ever. My mother, my aunt and I were pregnant at the same time as well. My aunt and I delivered on the same day 15 minutes apart and my mother two weeks later. Again congrats to Kendra you were amazing, may our Lord bless you and your beautiful baby boy!!!

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  27. Kendra's mom is pregnant?!! How old is she?

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    1. I believe she is 38

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    2. REALLY KENDRA'S mother is 38, WOW, imagine being a Grandmother at that age, I think it is amazing, and I hope she will have fun with Garrett!!!

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    3. Was she a teen mom too?

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    4. Hopefully this is Kendra's mother's last baby. If your children are having children, it's time for you to stop.

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    5. 2:34pm, if Jim Bob and Michelle listened to your advice then Josie wouldn't be alive. Let people determine their own family planning.

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    6. That's not really for us to make that choice for someone else, 2:34.

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    7. 10:57, 18 does not count as a “teen mom” just because it ends in teen. Just like a koala bear is not a bear.

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    8. Anonymous 10:06. Of course she's a teen mom. Why doesn't it count when you're 18? That doesn't mean she's not ready or mature enough. Some are perfectly ready at 18, some are year away from being ready.

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    9. 9:58, 18 is not a teenager, therefore she is not a teen mom.

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    10. @ Justine.

      I cannot imagine being a grandmother at that age. My grandmother was 61 when I was born and my mother was 30 (first and only child). People rush into marriage and parenthood way too quickly.

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    11. 11:43, just because you weren’t mature enough to get married and have children at a young age, does not mean no one is.

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    12. Anonymous 10:54. She's a teenager. Even Oxford dictionary agrees, in addition to wiki:https://simple.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenager

      Simple as that.

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    13. 10:54, since when is 18 not a teenager? Of course she’s a teenager.

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    14. 10:54, how are 18 year olds no longer teenagers? You may be a legal adult at 18, but you're still a teenager. It's ok that Kendra is a teen mom, you don't need to recategorize who is or isn't a teenager in defense of her.

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    15. EighTEEN. NineTEEN. Yep still teenagers.

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  28. Perhaps I'm out of touch, but I don't consider watching a woman give birth wholesome family entertainment. My children won't be watching this activity.

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    1. I don't let my kids watch the birth episodes, but it's perfectly wholesome for those of us who are older than that.

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    2. I also wouldn't want young children to watch this, mostly because while Kendra is a trooper for most of it, there are a few minutes of her obviously suffering and whimpering in pain.

      A child who has little idea of what labor involves would probably be scared and wonder why having the baby is hurting Kendra. Especially if that child has a mother (or older sister or SIL if they also come from a mega family) who is pregnant or might be in the near future.

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    3. Yeah. I agree. Somehow watching some woman giving birth isn't my idea of "entertainment" either.

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    4. My childeren where at the birth. It is total normal proces to give birth.

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    5. No child needs to see a birth and all its graphic medical visuals. Most things to do with having babies are not for children to witness at any point during the 9 months. An ultrasound might be an exception, because it's not graphic. Anything else is best left unseen. I'm talking children 15-16 and under.

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    6. We're do you kids think they come from and how they come in to the world

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  29. I've had 13 children, some with medication, and most without. Personally, the ones I had without were by far the better experiences. It's a personal choice, and I'm sure she chose not to have medication. It's pain with a purpose. It helps signal problems and prompts you to seek a change in position to help labor progress. If you can stand it, it's worth it.

    Also, some do believe that barrier methods are not moral as they can interfere with the natural result of relations between a man and women. Yes, God uses man and woman to help in the creative process of life, but He is the author. Every child is a blessing, no matter what. Perhaps if we all looked at it this way, we would all cherish each other as God intended.

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    1. I wonder then why unwed moms get so much judgement when they're pregnant with their "blessings."

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    2. 3:23- The problem with your logic about birth control is that there are great numbers of people who are not fit to be parents, who should be using contraception. It's cruel to bring children into the world under such circumstances, where abuse and neglect await them.

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    3. The babies are blessings - life is a gift - but God's Word clearly states that He created marriage to be the only place where that should take place. If people are being "judgmental", perhaps they're just stating or reminding people of that and nobody wants to hear it? I find being judgmental is an attitude of thinking someone is better than someone else, while stating whether something is right or wrong according to God's standards is not being judgmental. We all make "judgements" in our heads, if not from our mouths, on what we think is right or wrong. If the person's attitude is humble rather than critical, it's not being "judgmental."

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    4. 9:18, because not all people look at all babies as a blessing. Many look at them as less than people, and things that will hold you back in life.

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  30. I'm not watching. When I was in Lamaze class they made us watch a video of a woman giving birth. All it did for me was make me wish I hadn't gotten pregnant.

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    1. Oh, dear! I remember the epidural video I had to watch at the doctor's office with my first baby. I was dead set against getting an epidural after that (until my last baby - I finally gave in because I was having bad back pain). I get what you're saying!!

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    2. So funny! I’m preggo with number 12 and I still feel that anxious “I don’t want to labor” feeling as the day approaches.

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    3. I mean let’s be real, does anyone WANT to labor? I haven’t met anyone

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  31. I can't imagine having my contractions filmed by a tv crew. It's hard enough to do when you are w/ just your family as it's so intense. Seems like so much needless pressure and then when they ask her needless questions.

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    1. I know! I wouldn't let med students watch me, either.

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  32. That was so inspiring!! I was so impressed by how well Kendra did -very focused and courageous! And seeing how sweet and tender Joe was brought tears to my eyes. Watching Kendra's Mom couch and encourage her daughter was also very uplifting. This recording was done with good taste, modesty and class. I also liked seeing their new log home and finding out Kendra's Mom is expecting. Lauren was very mature in the way she handled being a helper for her sister. I hope we get to see more of the Caldwell family.

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  33. Congratulations to you! My Birthday was the next day! God bless your family.

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  34. I just watched it! I was anxious for Kendra. She did so good. Congratulations Joe and Kendra!

    Welcome to the world Garrett David!

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  35. That was nice of TLC to send these clips. I thought it was very tactfully edited.
    I’m not a fan of pregnancy shows at all, but I must say this was exceptional in my opinion. Blessings to Kendra, Joe and new baby!

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    1. I agree the clips were tactfully edited in a way that we know what is happening but nothing is exposed. Some of that might just be due to limits on filming in a hospital setting, but I hope TLC gets the positive feedback and edits the next birth episode (assuming Jinger allows it to be filmed) in a similarly classy way even if it takes place at home (though I won't be surprised if Jinger goes to the hospital too).

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  36. Her labor and birth of her son brought tears to my eyes. This was so very precious. Thank you for sharing.

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  37. Congratulations to your new blessed family,Joseph and Kendra.

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  38. Found a way to watch this and Kendra did an amazing job! She certainly didn't look like she needed any pain medications. I am truly impressed.

    And I am glad she didn't have to labor for days.

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  39. Having your child's birth filmed and aired on TV does pay the hospital bill, but I'd opt for having health insurance for myself and my child. It's not my thing to have total strangers watch me giving birth.

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    1. Are you assuming they don’t have health insurance? My guess is they do as the Duggars are a large family and would qualify for a group rate.

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    2. Birth is a natural proces. And it is close to God. Ofcourse it should be on tv.

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  40. I must admit I opened up the comments expecting a ton of judgmental "I'm disappointed / I thought she was better than that" comments about the rather tight T shirts Kendra was wearing on the episode. I guess the usual critics gave her slack for being full term and on the verge of birthing the baby. Or maybe they realized it's hypocritical to accuse a pregnant woman of immodesty while eagerly awaiting to watch her give birth on TV, so they either didn't watch, or did but are keeping quiet about it.

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    1. Thanks for being the one to accuse Kendra of being immodest. I'm sure she appreciates it.

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    2. How rude. If you have nothing nice to say, please keep it to yourself.

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    3. And what are your intentions here? Your entire comment is speculating about why other people didn't write critical comments about Kendra. You seem disappointed, honestly. Hope you feel better now that the commentary is "rounded out."

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    4. You're unintentionally doing the critics' job by pointing out Kendra's clothing choices.
      I would guess that they can discern the difference between women intentionally wearing tight clothing in photos from the first trimester on (despite writing a book on modesty that warns against eye traps) and a woman in labor.

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    5. It is important to always be modest. In the hospital she wears a big dress that was totally modest. The shirt was not modest.

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    6. That big dress is a hospital gown! FYI, it’s completely open down the back.

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  41. The baby is very cute, and I liked seeing what a good team Joe and Kendra were as the birth approached. While not married long they seem to be quite compatible with each other.

    Also, one thing I always find commendable about Duggars and in-laws is that the husband has always been shown to be actively supporting the wife through the birthing process, even though that's really not at all traditional.

    Traditionally the father of the child and other male relatives all stayed out of the actual birthing chamber, and just paced in the waiting room if the birth took place in a hospital, or in the hallway if it took place at home. For all of their beliefs about traditional roles for the sexes, this is one tradition they are happy to break for the sake of actually supporting the women giving birth to their children. Good for them.

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    1. That old fashioned tradition of fathers in the waiting room changed over 40 years ago. My daughter is 37 and her father was encouraged to be actively involved in the birth, so was my brother in law with my nephew and he will be 40 this year.

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    2. Kathy's right - there was a big push 40 or so years ago for fathers to attend birthing classes and be present during labor and delivery. Far different than the days of the father pacing and stewing in the waiting room while smoking cigarettes and waiting for news. I don't know anyone my age who didn't have their husband or the baby's father present during the birth. Doesn't matter what your ideas of gender roles are. All bets are off during delivery. It took two to make the baby so why not two there for the birth? Men need to realize what women actually go through for them.

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    3. I agree that the "tradition" of men being left out of the birth process changed about 40 years ago, but the Duggars follow many other traditions that went by the wayside much MORE than 40 years ago. Such as women not working at all outside the home. And chaperoned courting and not even kissing until marriage hasn't been a social convention for the last hundred years or so.

      Don't get me wrong I think it's great that the Duggar sons and son-in-laws support their wives through childbirth. But it is somewhat of a discrepancy in their belief system of very strict gender roles and different "spheres" for men and women, also a very Victorian idea.

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    4. Actually, IBLP's family training materials advocate the husband being hands-on involved in the laboring and birthing process.

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  42. I’m curious as to why Kendra and Joe went to the ER instead of getting admitted to the labor unit directly thru their obgyn? Kendra went into labor very close to her due date and her labor progressed in a healthy manner. Did she not receive prenatal care? If not, they were extremely lucky, but glad to know mom and baby are healthy!

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    1. We always went straight to the ER, and from there they would take me up to the ob unit. Their hospital might be the same way.

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    2. They mentioned going to the doctors's office in the first clip, so she did have prenatal care.

      I know people who work in hospitals, and I know the Admitting office in most hospitals that would process a direct admission are only open during "business hours". But Kendra and Joe went to hospital in the middle of the night (230AM ish) and the office was probably closed.

      I also know that some hospitals have a policy that any woman in active labor has to come in through the ER triage so a nurse can quickly assess them; this doesn't mean they have to go into the ER itself, most of the time they are immediately assigned an available bed and go up to L+D directly from triage.

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    3. Hospitals have different procedures for admitting women in labor. The hospital where I gave birth to my children had you go directly to labor and delivery. However other hospitals (like where my sister had her children) had women go through the ER. I don't think it really matters.

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    4. Past a certain week in pregnancy, at my hospital, you go straight to the women's hospital part. They then take you to triage but you have your own private room where you may stay for hours, unless you are about to have the baby. You can even walk around and such to progress labor while still in triage. I didn't get transferred with my last child until 8 1/2 cm to the labor and delivery part. We have a really big hospital.

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    5. Bevouse they are on tv.

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    6. If you were in labor and went to the ER at my local hospital, the baby would be born in the lobby. They make you wait so very long.

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    7. When I had my son, I called my ob office and told them how long my contractions were and how long in between. They told me to go to the ER and from there I will be taken to the maternity floor. That hospital had very strict security for that floor. I got to the ER and was taken up right away, probably because my ob office called the hospital to let them know I will be there soon.

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  43. Did Michelle video the birth and going home portions? There is a woman’s voice in the background, as opposed to the male producer at J + K’s house.

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    1. Kendra's sister, Lauren, attended and recorded the birth. Michelle recorded the drive home.

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    2. Yeah that was Michelle’s voice in the video

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  44. Wow their house is absolutely beautiful!
    I wish I could have afforded that as my first home!

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    1. Well if you didn’t have a tv show or some other high paying job that’s not really possible.

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    2. How many engaged couples can tow a donated house to a piece of family property and then spend all their time fixing it up? That's not reality, despite seeing it on a "reality" show.

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    3. I am happy they have a nice place, yes it’s true that most couples start off with less than their dream home....I sense a little jealousy or envy in your posts. The Duggars work hard and it has paid off.

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    4. I'm not so sure comments like Anonymous @ 3:31 are motivated so much by jealousy, as for a desire for full truthful disclosure from a family that's advocating a specific lifestyle and a unique set of "family values" to the general public, in the name of Christianity. I think there are a some concerns (many expressed on this blog by a number of Christians) that impressionable young adult viewers are being led to believe (consciously or unconsciously) that if they follow the same practices as the Duggars, they can "have it all" too. Real life does not work that way and lacking real life experience and a mature walk with God (over several decades), their personal faith will be negatively impacted/impaired/harmed when that happens. The Duggars are more wholesome entertainment than the Kardashians, no question there, but who's being edified with the elaborate weddings and honeymoons, the paid birth exclusives, and the houses repeatedly being given to each young couple (save for Jinger and Joy)? Is that creating realistic expectations for young Christian viewers? Is that even Biblical for a father/father-in-law to provide the home for his son's new wife or his daughter's new husband? For me, it's about is it Biblical? is it demonstrating personal responsibility? If you can't provide for the wife and need to rely on your father/father-in-law to supply the roof over your head, you're not Biblicly qualified to invite a woman to share your life.

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  45. I have never had a baby or desired one, and am now too old. But everytime I watch a baby born on TV I cry tears of joy--it just happens, I can't help it. Maybe we are just wired to rejoice at a birth. Anyway, this one was so tender and sweet that it was a "multiple tissue" cry, lol! I think Joe and Kendra are going to be wonderful parents.

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  46. I cannot get them to play! Sad! Congratulations!

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  47. Hey U can see this on YouTube, it is not good quality, but U can see it. Kendra U amaze me, WOW, U handled the birth very well!!!!!!! Joe, U really were there for Kendra, U are a good man, OK!!!!!

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