'The biggest Duggar yet': Joy-Anna Duggar, Austin Forsyth welcome 10-pound son Gideon
Joy and her husband Austin Forsyth were initially hoping to be able to deliver the baby at home but due to unforeseen complications, Joy had to be rushed to the hospital
The Duggar family has a new addition as Joy-Anna Duggar welcomed 10-pound son Gideon. The Duggar women have often spoken of the size of their babies and have noted that their heads are especially large during birth.
On Monday's episode of 'Counting On', Joy-Anna gave birth to the biggest baby yet who weighed in at 10 pounds, three ounces and was 22 inches long. The baby named Gideon Martyn Forsyth was born after an agonizing 20-hour labor and an emergency C-section. 53-year-old Jim Bob who is the head of the Duggar family said, "His head circumference was 15 inches" while his wife Michelle added, "My biggest was 14 inches". Joy-Anna Duggar's sister Jessa Seewald said, "Gideon is the biggest baby yet".
Joy and her husband Austin Forsyth were initially hoping to be able to deliver the baby at home but due to unforeseen complications, Joy had to be rushed to the hospital. As reported by DailyMail, Joy shared, "After about 19 hours of labor, the midwife realized that the baby was breech. When they say a baby is breech, that means its head is turned up and its kind of sitting up in your belly and it's supposed to be head down".
"When the midwife came and told us that the baby was breach and that we had to go to the hospital, I was kind of discouraged because she had labored for so long and we were really hoping that we could just have a home birth," Austin who was an EMT for around four years revealed. "But at the same time, I was ready to have this baby. Joy was tired and I'm just 'Let's just do whatever it takes to get the baby here," he continued.
"Before I went into labor, having a C-section was my greatest fear. That was one of the things that I was scared of. I didn't want to have to have a C-section," Joy admitted. "But, by that point, I was exhausted, just ready to get the baby here," she continued. The procedure went off smoothly and the couple welcomed their baby with open arms. "Austin and I were both crying, it was such a sweet moment," Joy recalled. "There's nothing like it in the world," Austin said in agreement.
However, Joy was "excited" to get the birth over with and shared, "I'm very uncomfortable. I'm trying not to be scared". On the day of her due date, Joy went into labor at around 7 pm. "I'm just trying to be that rock that she needs," Austin shared. "I'd been preparing myself until that last moment and then I was like 'I'm in labor' and it set in," Joy recalled. "It was hard to see my wife in pain, that was probably about the hardest thing," admitted Austin.