Jessa Duggar is featured on the cover of the latest issue of People magazine. Inside this issue, she opens up about wanting a home birth for her first child with husband Ben Seewald, but having to get rushed to the hospital.
Jessa and Ben welcomed their first child last Thursday and he was 21.5 inches long and weighed 9 pounds and 11 ounces. Her nearly 48-hour delivery didn’t go as smoothly as she planned.
She revealed, “Labor is hard. It was very intense, very long. Everything was different than I expected.”
She wanted an all natural home birth, but after ten hours of contractions, she was almost forced to change her mind.
She said, “I said, ‘That’s it! I’m done! I am going to the hospital and I’m going to get an epidural!’ They asked me if I really wanted to do that and I said, ‘No, I don’t, but I do.’ I wanted to try natural if at all possible.”
Ben said that seeing his wife in pain was “kind of emotionally difficult” and that he “was trying to keep it positive….there were a few times, she was like, ‘I can’t do this.'”
After they welcomed their son, Jessa began bleeding so much that it concerned her midwife. So, her mother called 911 and she was taken to the hospital. She said, “I tried to keep my head, I was awake and alert.”
She said, “I had dreamed about those first moments, getting to breastfeed right away, all that. And so when I had to go to the hospital, it was a shock.”
Jessa underwent a blood transfusion and had to stay at the hospital overnight. Now that everyone is back home, she is adjusting to being a new mother and they’re cherishing their new bundle of joy.
She added, “I can’t believe he’s really ours. It is so amazing. He’s a miracle.”