Jessa Duggar has revealed that she intends to deliver baby number four in a hospital following three previous home births — with two that ultimately sent her to the hospital in an ambulance.
The 28-year-old is currently in her third trimester with her fourth child with her husband Ben Seewald, 26, and she told fans on YouTube this month that she’s departing from her usual home birth plan this time around.
Jessa had given birth to five-year-old Spurgeon, four-year-old Henry, and two-year-old daughter Ivy at home, but twice experienced dangerous hemorrhaging that saw her rushed to the hospital immediately following delivery.
On the safer side: Jessa Duggar has revealed that she intends to deliver baby number four in a hospital following three previous home births
Family: Jessa and Ben, who married in 2014, already have three children: five-year-old Spurgeon, four-year-old Henry, and two-year-old Ivy
Uh-oh: With Spurgeon and Ivy, she experienced dangerous hemorrhaging that saw her rushed to the hospital immediately following delivery
Jessa and Ben announced that they are expecting once again in February, and fans speculated on whether she would attempt another home birth after her scary experience with Ivy.
But it seems that the couple is erring on the side of caution with this delivery.
‘Ben and I talked this over a lot, and we decided we are going to do a hospital birth this time,’ she said.
‘So, that’ll be different. I’ve had three home births, three great home births, good experiences. No complications with the birth itself, but I have had postpartum hemorrhage two times, with my first and my third,’ she went on.
‘And so, for that reason, we’re choosing to do a hospital birth just so we won’t have to deal with the transport if I end up needing Pitocin.
Pitocin can be used to stop bleeding after childbirth.
‘It’s kind of frustrating in some sense, because most of our neighboring states, midwives are allowed to carry and administer Pitocin at home and in a home birth setting, and Arkansas doesn’t allow midwives to do that,’ she said.
Ta-da! Jessa and Ben announced that they are expecting once again in February
‘I’ve had three great home births, good experiences. No complications with the birth itself, but I have had postpartum hemorrhage two times, with my first and my third,’ she said
‘We’re choosing to do a hospital birth just so we won’t have to deal with the transport if I end up needing Pitocin,’ the mother-of-three said
Jessa admitted to being a little nervous, and said she will miss the comfort of delivering in her own house.
‘I’ve just been so used to being able to be in my own space in labor, and move about and kind of have the comfort of home and I love that,’ she said. ‘And so, in that sense, a hospital sounds, like, very different.
‘And I’ve wondered, will I be able to relax in that environment? Will things be able to progress, or will my body be stressed and tensed up? I don’t know.
‘But at the same time, hospitals have epidurals,’ she said. ‘I’ve told my birth team and my family, like, “Yeah, if I go to the hospital, I’m just gonna end up getting an epidural.”
‘I’ve done the natural thing three times and I wouldn’t be surprised if I got an epidural. But we’ll see, I don’t know,’ she said.
While she isn’t thrilled with the plan, she admitted that her husband is pleased.
‘I think home birth is actually more stressful for Ben, so he’s thrilled about the hospital birth,’ she said.
Jessa hasn’t revealed the sex of the baby, or even the due date — rather, upon announcing the pregnancy, she and Ben said: ‘We are so grateful to God for the precious gift of a new life! The kids are delighted, and we can hardly wait to welcome this little one into our arms this summer.’
‘I think home birth is actually more stressful for Ben, so he’s thrilled about the hospital birth,’ she said
‘I’ve done the natural thing three times and I wouldn’t be surprised if I got an epidural. But we’ll see, I don’t know,’ she said
Feelings: Jessa also reflected on the miscarriage she suffered before this pregnancy, admitting to feeling fear and anxiety early on while carrying this time around
This summer is sure to be eventful for the Duggars, as it is also when Jessa’s alleged pedophile brother Josh is set to go on trial.
Josh was arrested in late April and in May was charged with receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material. He is currently out on bail living with a family friend, and while he is allowed supervised visits with his own six children, he is banned from having contact with other children.
The trial is scheduled to begin in early July.
It’s also unclear whether Jessa’s latest delivery will be on camera like her previous three. Since Josh’s arrest, the fate of Counting On has been in limbo, with critics calling for TLC to pull it from streaming platforms.
Meanwhile, in her YouTube video, Jessa also reflected on the miscarriage she suffered before this pregnancy, admitting to feeling fear and anxiety early on while carrying this time around.
‘Going through my first trimester, I think I was pretty nervous, and had a hard time feeling really excited about the pregnancy because I was nervous something might go wrong, and this baby might not make it,’ she said.
Local EMTs are sure to be relieved by the news that Jessa plans to give birth in a hospital setting, as they rushed to her home on two previous occasions — with all of the mother-of-three’s home births captured on camera for the family’s TLC series Counting On.
Intimate: Cameras captured Jessa in labor at home with two-year-old Ivy, bent over their living room sofa while Ben rubbed her back
Where that sofa’s been! When she gave birth to Ivy on May 26, 2019, she delivered on top of an absorbent pad on the family’s sofa
Just a regular day: Ben helped Jessa along while the midwife and her assistant were in the kitchen
Ready to go! When it was time, she sat on an absorbent bad put out on the couch and pushed
Yikes: Cameras showed her moaning in pain as she pushed the baby out
When she gave birth to Ivy on May 26, 2019, she delivered on top of an absorbent pad on the family’s sofa — after which her midwife called 911 requesting an ambulance to pick up the still-bleeding new mom and take her to the hospital.
At the time, Jessa said that her birthing plan was to deliver with a midwife in a birthing suite at the local hospital. Unfortunately, the morning her water broke was the same day her midwife left town for a week, not expecting Jessa to go into labor for another week or so.
‘I was not expecting to go early, I was expecting to go five days late again, we thought we had two weeks left. So our backup plan was to call another midwife and do a home birth,’ she said.
After Ben’s mother picked up their sons, Jessa labored at the house with her backup midwife and her older sister Jill.
Jessa’s labor didn’t progress quite as quickly as she expected, and she tried a castor oil smoothie and a trip to her parents’ house to walk up and down the stairs in order to speed up contractions.
Done! Finally, as the baby came out, Jessa erupted into tears
Privacy: Camera caught the moment the midwife pulled the baby out, with Jill blocking Jessa for modesty
Uh-oh! When Jessa wouldn’t stop bleeding, the midwife called 911 and paramedics took Jessa away in an ambulance
Finally, things started to move along, and Jessa headed home for labor. With her sister, husband, and midwife Teresa on hand, she walked around her living room and leaned over their brown sofa, moaning in pain and waiting out each contraction.
While the Duggars are famously private and modest, they’re fairly open about showing all of the less-than-glamorous parts of childbirth on TV — and Jessa didn’t hold back, allowing a camera crew to film her groaning loudly in pain and positioning herself over an absorbent pad on the couch.
The camera rolled as she pushed and little Ivy came out, leaving Jessa spent and in tears.
After the midwife delivered the newborn into Jessa’s arms, she soon passed him off to Ben, who took over while mom was cleaned up.
‘It was a really special moment, meeting our third little baby for the first time,’ he said.
But the blissful moment didn’t last long. Jessa continued to bleed after the birth, to a point that they decided she needed to head to the hospital.
This isn’t the first time Jessa has experienced excessive post-birth bleeding: When she delivered her first child, Spurgeon, she lost enough blood that her mother called 911, and Jessa had to get a blood transfusion at the hospital.
Ouch! Jessa was also rushed to the hospital after giving birth to Spurgeon
She endured 27 hours of labor at home — during which she suffered severe tearing and needed an emergency blood transfusion
Better: Her delivery with Henry was smoother, lasting just hours and requiring no ambulance ride
‘I feel totally different, I wasn’t exhausted to the point I was after Spurgeon’s long labor and delivery,’ Jessa said later
This time, it was the midwife who called 911, and paramedics soon came to load her into an an ambulance.
At the hospital, Jessa was given Pitocin, a drug to stop the bleeding, but she did not need a transfusion.
Jessa had a similarly dramatic labor with Spurgeon in 2015. At age 23, she gave birth to a 9 pound, 11 ounce baby boy after 27 hours of labor at home — during which she suffered severe tearing and needed an emergency blood transfusion.
The graphic birth aired on an episode of Counting On.
When asked if childbirth was better or worse than expected, Jessa said ‘worse’ without hesitation.
‘I said to my mom, ”I do not know how you did this 19 times,”‘ she said.
Her delivery with Henry was smoother, lasting just hours and requiring no ambulance ride.
‘I feel totally different, I wasn’t exhausted to the point I was after Spurgeon’s long labor and delivery,’ Jessa said later. ‘Recovery’s just been completely different.’