Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Addison Duggar's Birth Special

Joseph Duggar, Kendra Duggar, Addison Duggar
Joseph Duggar, Kendra Duggar, Addison Duggar

Addison Duggar is only three weeks old, and her birth special has already been released. You can watch it on the TLC website (links below--each part is just 10 minutes). We have also posted a brief recap, but we still encourage you to tune in.

Joe and Kendra's Baby Girl Part 1
Joe and Kendra's Baby Girl Part 2

Recap

  • Kendra is at home timing her contractions. After taking some castor oil, they are about four minutes apart, so she packs for the hospital. She says that the pain is still very manageable.
  • Joe and Kendra drop Garrett off at the Caldwell home. They head to the hospital at 1am, and Kendra’s water breaks after she spends some time walking. Kendra’s sister Lauren and mom, Christina, join the couple at the hospital to help.
  • At 5:20am, Kendra has been in active labor for about an hour. When she is ready to push, she is instructed to wait for her doctor, who is delivering another baby. Addison Renee Duggar arrives at 5:33am, weighing 7 lbs 12 oz and measuring 20.5 inches.
  • Michelle arrives to meet the new addition. Kendra’s dad comes later with Garrett, as does Jim Bob. 
Photo courtesy TLC

85 comments:

  1. When will this be aired on TLC?

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  2. Active labor? Don't her contractions at home count as labor?

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    1. There are several stages. Active labor is 4 to 7 centimeters.

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    2. Anon 12.44. Active labour is only established when a woman is 3-4cm dilated & the contractions become longer & dilation occurs regularly every hour. Most mums who labour at home only do so until they are about 3cm at the most so active labour would not be defined until they were nearer 4 or at 4cm. Though I know from personal experience just getting to 4cm is still very painful & feels like active labour.

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    3. There are different stages of labor and the last stage is referred to as ‘active labor’ the contractions at home definitely count too!

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    4. Active labor starts at 6cm dilated. Transition is 8 to 10cm. After active labor starts things move a little faster,especially if it isn't the first baby.

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    5. Active labor is the second of three phases of labor. The first is early labor, and the last is transition.

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    6. "Active labor" is when your contractions are regular and take all your focus to cope with, usually starting around 4-6 cm dilation. "Early labor" is what comes before then and is not usually very painful, but usually takes 50% or so longer than active labor.

      There is a lot of perfectly normal variation in timing and sensation. E.g. some people don't notice early labor at all. This is just an average description.

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    7. as 'labor' yes, as 'active labor' no. that is the 'transition' point of labor which usually cannot be stopped

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    8. You're in active labour once your 4 cm dilated. She did labour at home, but it appears as if it was mostly the first stages of the opening phase she went through there.

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    9. Actually active Labour is nothing to do with how dilated you are it's more to do with "are consistent changes occurring that will lead to full dilation/birth of baby a typically this occurs at 4cm dilation but not always". I was walking around at 4cm dilation for well over a week with both my kiddos and even got to 6cm with 2nd one and no contractions or active labour and needed help as my waters had been broken for 24hrs 😭

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    10. No, ACOG changed it to 6 cm defines active labor, not 4

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  3. There is no need for any woman to writhe around in that much discomfort, throw up, think she's going to pass out, and think she's going to die. Her BP was probably through the roof during that. They could have given her something and made that delivery far easier. What are these girls trying to prove? Are they going to continue trying to deliver like this until something goes seriously wrong with mother or baby?

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    1. Not everyone wants an epidural. She was only at the hospital a few hours before she gave birth. Her labor was pretty short, and not that atypical of normal, unmedicated labor.

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    2. “Delivering like this” is the natural way to deliver. She was in pain, not danger. Come on.

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    3. I agree! Kendra needs to work on her breathing tho, that’s half her problem

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    4. She was in the hospital. They were monitoring her. Women have been giving birth a long time. It is individual choice whether to have pain meds or not.
      I am a mom of four that has had an epidural everytime. I choose to have an epidural but if someone doesn’t want it good for them. I just couldn’t do it myself lol 😂

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    5. Kendra’s pain tolerance could be very low, resulting in her dramatic reactions. It isn’t anyone’s place to push drugs with very real side effects on her just because she is in discomfort. I think it’s awesome that she stuck through the pain and thought only of what was best for the baby instead of what was easiest for her. I’ve had 5 natural births. I know the pain. But I also know that it isn’t my place to take away my own pain and in so doing, risk the health of my baby.

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    6. Yep. Throwing up during labor isn't the best way to keep mom hydrated or help her BP stay at safe levels. Your BP goes up and so does the baby's. Unnecessarily stressed and dehydrated aren't the best plans for birthing a healthy baby. smh

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    7. Checking BP is a routine part of labor. I'm sure they would have wisely suggested an intervention if it had been dangerously high.

      There are plenty of medical and personal reasons that many mothers choose to avoid medically unnecessary drugs during labor. Even though they might make labor easier at first, they raise the risk of complications and other undesirable effects.

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    8. It’s her choice I’m sure. A natural and painful labor isn’t generally dangerous.
      I had 3 with an epidural and 1 with no pain relief. While I much preferred the pain free, the baby and I weren’t in danger from the one with no meds.

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    9. That is what my mother says too, everytime a Duggar girl goes into labor. She wonders why they continually subject themselves to unnecessary torture and risk for both, momma and baby.

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    10. Completely agree! With advanced medical care these days and delivering in a hospital, totally unnecessary what they put themselves through.

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    11. It's not trying to "prove" anything. Labor is called labor for a reason. Kendra may not be comfortable with getting an epidural. I know I sure wasn't. If her labor had gone on for a lot longer she may have asked for one, but she had the baby just a few hours after getting to the hospital. Now how about we congratulate the couple instead of criticizing how she had her baby.

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    12. She probably threw up because of the stupid castor oil, and feeling like she was going to die was because of all the unnecessary pain her nurse made her wait through. Honestly, you don’t tell a woman not to push unless there’s a problem. Also having an epidural can make you throw up during labor, and can have many long term side effects which many women would rather not go through. There’s nothing wrong with getting an epidural if you chose to, but there also is definitely not anything wrong with NOT receiving one.

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    13. Just because women did it naturally before now doesn't mean they have to continue doing it that way. They used to do operations without anesthesia. Would you advocate keeping that practice too?

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    14. 7:28- Way to throw shade at women who choose pain relief during childbirth. Every woman needs to make their own choice without being made to feel guilty or selfish about it.

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    15. @7:28- Yours is quite a passive-aggressive comment that suggests that women who opt for pain relief during childbirth are only thinking about themselves. Childbirth is brutal and some women suffer more than others for a variety of reasons. I would never disparage someone else's choices made on how they choose to give birth because I can never be in their shoes or circumstancs.

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    1. I'll bet that's how Lauren or one of her other siblings said Kendra when they were learning to talk, and it just stuck.

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    2. I'm going to take a guess and say that Trenge derived from a younger sibling trying to say Kendra.

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    3. I didn't understand that one either.

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  5. That nurse should get in serious trouble for having Kendra wait to push.

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    1. Yeah, I don't know what hospital policy is, but that didn't seem like a very nice thing to do.

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    2. Nurses are legally obligated to say that if an OB or midwife isn’t in the room. It doesn’t mean the mother has to listen. It just means the business of birth is just that...a business with legalities. The nurse said what she is required to say. A nurse told me the same thing at my last delivery, but I wasn’t made at her for it. I pushed the baby out without dr present, and then I reflected on how ridiculous birthing in America is. Haha

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    3. I thought that whole thing was very odd, that they were waiting on the doctor before she could start pushing. It reminds me of the horrifying story of Rose Kennedy and what happened to her when delivering Rosemary. I'm glad Kendra's situation didn't get to that point.

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    4. Where I am in Australia it wouldn’t matter, nurses are trained but some places in America you get charged differently if the nurse delivers vs a doctor. Also Castor oil is dangerous and should not be used

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    5. That's a doctor thing, not a nurse thing. Nurse deliveries require an incident report. Doctors get a little testy when a nurse allows the patient to push and possibly deliver without the doctor there. Personally as a labor nurse i tell my patients to try to wait for the doctor if delivery is imminent but if they can't help it go ahead and in 5.5 years I've delivered 18 babies by myself without the doctor and only 1 was okay with it and thanked me.

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    6. I absolutely agree. There are enough lawsuits because of that causing physical damage (not to mention emotional trauma) that they really should stop that hospital practice immediately. Unless it's a complicated birth like breech, L&D nurses should be perfectly capable of catching the baby.

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    7. If the doctor isn't there, it's normal for a nurse to tell you to try to not push.

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    8. The nurse told my mom not to push because the Dr wasn't there yet when she had my brother, she snapped her head in the nurses direction and said he had his invitation, and kept pushing. I can't believe any nurse would tell a mother not to push. With both my boys I kept pushing and the nurse yelled at the other nurse to get the Dr in the room because my boys are coming.

      OhioMama

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    9. Welcome to America

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  6. Kendra even side hugs her dad?
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    1. There's something seriously wrong, when a dad and daughter can't just normally front hug each other without there being some fear/worry that one of them will have impure thoughts or motives.

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    2. Im pretty sure I even side hugged my husband at 9 months pregnant. Your belly is in the way of a front hug.
      I see nothing wrong with side hugging anyways.

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    3. When you're 9 months pregnant, yes.

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    4. I love side hugs, they're really cozy, especially if you're the shorter one. Very soothing and comforting. Try it sometime! I'd fit right in with their family lol!

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  7. I'm surprised that Kendra's mom isn't pregnant again.
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  8. How can I watch this in Canada?

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  9. Does Kendra get an epidural? I’m just wondering cuz I had a baby last week and could not function like she did at the end until I had an epidural.... if she didn’t, she handles labor way better than I do!! No shame in that- I think it’s awesome no matter what she or anyone does! They just never say, but I saw them hooking up an I.V. For her. I’m a big baby about pain haha, by 7 cms I’m shaking and can barely move cuz everything hurts and she was talking until the end.. so happy for them, just had a girl myself after 3 boys :)

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    1. Nope, she just received an in because she was dehydrated

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  10. Addison is such a cutie and what a beautiful name rarely used,a name im wanting to name my own daughter term in december if i get my boyfriend on board

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    1. Addison is not that uncommon of a name.

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  11. Ok what I don’t get is that these people preach modesty but then they show us basically their whole labor and delivery including a shot of the baby coming out and a totally unnecessary shot of Kendra’s amniotic fluid. Also, Castor oil is dangerous.

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    1. They did NOT show anything inappropriate or immodest.

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  12. Can I ask anon at 2.38 I’m not sure why your mentioning me in your post as I haven’t posted anything until this msg now. Though I must admit I find it odd that they all side hug both mum & dad, I would never dream of hugging my kids in that way. We are a full on Irish greeting family of big bear hugs & my huge 6ft 6” son gives the best ever. Really wish these young women wouldn’t take caster oil to bring on labour. It’s a very old fashioned idea & can be extremely dangerous as baby can get such a shock if pain starts rapidly they can pass meconium in utero which can cause the baby to become distressed. Yet more video’s unavailable in the UK, goodness knows when this will be aired for us to watch.

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  13. Nothing wrong with going for a drug free birth if you want too. I had 3 and for my body and issues I have with pain medications it was better to go through the pain. Im sure she would take it if she really wanted too. Medications are not the best way for everyone! Happy for them congrats!

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  14. I so enjoy Michelle, but I wish she would realize that she is talking to her adult son and not a child.

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    1. I agree. She always sounds like she’s talking to a child. Even when giving interviews.

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    2. Maybe just accept the way that she talks.

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    3. @10:56 Michelle has however, talked differently to other adults than she does the little kids. So yes, she can speak differently to her grown adult son.

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  15. Dear Kendra and Joseph, I can't believe Addison is here. I'm glad for a healthy and safe delivery. Little Addison has a mind of her own she wasn't waiting for a doctor. We can't wait to see the gender reveal and birth on the show. Natasha B.

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  16. Castor oil is incredible dangerous, why do the duggars seem to always follow dangerous birthing methods

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    1. According to what I've read, it isn't incredibly dangerous, but you should use with doctor approval and knowledge.

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    2. Anon 2.48. Do you have expert medical knowledge ? Because I tell you now, castor oil is incredibly dangerous & would never be given by any midwife or obstetrician I have ever worked with in my 33 years in midwifery. I cannot believe doctors in the US actually allow this extremely outdated method of cleaning out the mother’s bowel & possibly causing the baby to pass meconium in utero. It’s very dangerous & can cause the baby distress, not to mention it’s totally unnecessary.

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    3. No, Fuzzyferet, I said according to what I read. I did not say according to my expert medical knowledge. Thank you for sharing your expert medical knowledge.

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  17. Another Duggar using dangerous castor oil! This is banned where I live due the risky nature of it

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  18. Castor oil can be very risky and when used should only be used around medical professionals and not at all! We were taught not to use it in my nursing training due to the risks involved

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    1. Anon 6.55. As a medical professional I can say I know of no one who would allow castor oil to be administered. This was quite common in the UK in the home births of the 50s & early 60s when they were not so advanced in medical care & knew no better really. Now it would never be administered by any professional I have ever worked with & I have been in nursing/ midwifery for almost 33 years. I’m not surprised you were told not to use it in your nursing training, you are so right it’s incredibly dangerous.

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  19. Why castor oil? It’s never been proven to bring on labour or speed up contractions. Right up there with shaving the pelvic area or giving enemas as mandatory pre-delivery must-do’s. Just a silly wives-tale that needs to go the way of the dodo.

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  20. i love at the end where you can see kendra chowing down! she looks so happy. and that's such a great feeling too when you finally get to eat! she is just too adorable

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  21. When her doctor was with another patient, they should have sent in the 'covering doctor'. Did Kendra see an actual obstetrician...board certified? or did she see one of 'their own trained' doctors? Highly unusual for a doctor to not have a back up attenting physician. Also, why in the world would ANYONE instruct a laboring mother to NOT PUSH? What is going on up there? No one should take castor oil when in labor. That is an archaic practice that has been discontinued. Better for the mother to have a natural bowel movement during labor than uncontrolled diarrhea. The baby intakes what it's mother intakes. Not good advice at all and NOT SOUND MEDICAL PRACTICE either. Please explain, someone.

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    1. She was at a real hospital, the same thing happened to my friend last year (who almost lost her baby as a result). Also for whatever reason the Duggars thing that castor oil is fine to ingest to help labor along, someone needs to correct them.

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  22. Giving birth is a natural part of life, women’s bodies were meant to do it, I don’t think they are trying to prove anything by going natural. I was irritated when the nurse kept telling her not to push, I remember when I was giving birth to my son, they told me not to push because he was coming so fast and they were waiting for the doctor, that was not fun! I felt really bad for Kendra

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    1. Her nurse should be fired. My friend almost lost her baby when her nurse made her wait 30 minutes to push because the doctor was assisting in another delivery. The cord was around her neck and caused many problems for her as a result. She’s almost a year old now and is doing wonderfully, but things weren’t looking that way for quite awhile.

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  23. I think Kendra did really well. She's so collected and handled the labour so we'll!

    I must admit I got really frustrated on her behalf when she was told not to push, when she really needed to, just because the doctor wasn't there. Later, after having to resist her very strong natural urge to push through several contractions the nurse who was there the whole time decided to deliver the baby as some sort of a "crisis solution"? She should have been able to deliver this baby from the get go. I know the fear of getting sued is quite real, but this is turning ridiculous.

    It's so sad to see that the CNMs aren't the ones delivering the babies in the US hospitals and how little say most birthing mom's have in their own delivery. There should be absolutely NO need for a doctor during a completely normal birth.

    Where I live, the CNMs basically run the birth wards and have nurses to assist them. The doctor isn't called upon unless they're really needed, as the CNMs are the experts on the birthing process. The doctors can then focus on being there (or on hand) for the high risk deliveries and do the planned and emergency C-sections.

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  24. Maybe she threw up due to drinking an iced coffee with whipped cream on the way to the hospital.

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    1. That's quite possible!

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    2. Yep OP. I saw her drinking that and thought uh-oh...

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    3. That's what I thought too. LOL

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  25. Its super obvious most of you either have A. Never given birth B. Don't live in America or C. Have never birthed in a hospital.

    I've had two hospital births and attended many others. Nothing about her labor was unusual according to many US hospital standards. I also had an epidural during both and it only worked one time. Not to mention it has been proven women recover better and can deliver easier without an epidural.

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  26. To each his own but Kendra seems so private and I’m so surprised she allowed her birth to be filmed. Also why do family members feel the need to kiss a baby on their face ? They could pass unknown germs

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  27. It's common to shake,vomit and even hiccup during transition- with an epidural or not. I had an epidural with my first - all 3 are normal for me. My 2nd was born drug free because there was no time... same thing. I was told not to push - but only for a minute whilst the cord was unwrapped. Midwives in Australia are highly skilled nurses with extra training on top. Both kidlets were fine.

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