Is Jessa Duggar's baby OK? 'Counting On' star picks hospital over home birth
'Counting On' star Jessa Duggar Seewald explains why she's decided to go for a hospital delivery for her fourth child, as opposed to home birth
Jessa Duggar Seewald, the star of 'Counting On', recently revealed that she will be having her baby number four in a hospital. Her first three deliveries were all home births, but her first and third deliveries landed her in the hospital on account of serious complications.
The news of their fourth child comes after the star suffered a miscarriage in 2020. She and her husband Ben Seewald have three children — Spurgeon Elliot who was born on November 5, 2015; Henry Wilberforce who was born on February 6, 2017; and Ivy Jane who was born on May 26, 2019.
'We decided we are going to do a hospital'
She took to YouTube to explain her decision. "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 explained, mentioning that there were no issues with the birth itself and that it was she who required medical assistance to help control the bleeding. "Ben and I talked this over a lot, and we decided we are going to do a hospital birth this time," she said.
Will baby No. 4 be okay?
As Jessa explained, her previous three childbirths have all been free of complications, but her reason behind going to the hospital is to control the hemorrhaging, should it happen again for the third time. Keeping this in mind, she and her husband Ben decided that a hospital would be the best option if she needed Pitocin. This natural hormone is used to induce labor and control bleeding after childbirth. Seeing that Arkansas does not allow midwives to administer it at home, going to a hospital was the best and safest way to ensure that she has access to the same, in case of any complications.
She also said that she will not share the baby's gender before birth. While the TV star does have her apprehensions regarding hospital birth, she is also aware that there are some plus sides to it. "I wouldn't be surprised if I got an epidural," she said, seeing that she hadn't opted for it during her first three deliveries. The star also mentioned that she has a great doctor and a doula to support her, along with her husband and mother, Michelle Duggar, who will be with her in the delivery room.
You can watch the video here.