Jill Dillard (formerly Duggar) is welcoming baby Israel into the world with her husband, Derick.
But the road to birth was so much more trying for the young couple than we ever could have imagined.
Jill was pregnant for an extra week and a half. And then suffered through labor for almost three entire days!
The 19 Kids and Counting star was hoping for a natural birth at home for her first child with her husband, Derick. The two discovered they were going to have a baby just weeks after they were married. (In the Duggar tradition, the two hadn’t even kissed prior to their marriage.)
“His birth didn’t go as expected,” Jill revealed to People.
Not only did the new mama test positive for strep B, a bacteria that can be transferred from mom to baby, but she saw meconium after her first 20 hours of labor. Meconium is early waste from an unborn infant and can signify fetal distress.
With all these signs, Jill decided to head to the hospital, but still tried to keep the birth as natural as possible, refusing medication for pain and to speed up the labor.
“I was praying to God to give me strength,” Jill said of her move to the hospital. “I was really scared and nervous, but I was praying.”
But after 70 hours in labor, People reports that the baby had flipped, had irregular heart rates and had yet to descend.
It was at that time, coupled with the doctor’s concerns, that the couple opted for a C-section and baby Israel was born safe and sound.
“I love our birth story because it bonded us so well,” Jill shared. “I still haven’t changed a single diaper. Derick has been changing them all.”
TLC will air the birth of baby Israel on May 5 on 19 Kids and Counting.