As a trained midwife, you’d think that Jill Duggar has seen it all when it comes to childbirth — but nothing could’ve prepared her for her own dramatic labor with her first child, #BabyDilly A.K.A. Israel David Dillard!
The new mom and her husband, Derick, planned on having a natural birth at their Arkansas home, but it would appear baby Israel had other plans in mind. He actually made his debut almost two full weeks past his due date — and after 70 hours (yes, 70…) of labor!
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Shortly after her water broke, the 23-year-old tested positive for strep B, which is a common bacteria that mothers often pass on to newborns during labor, so she began taking antibiotics via IV while still at home.
After 20 hours of labor, Jill tells ‘People’ she saw “a faint stain” of meconium (which is the earliest waste of a fetus, often signifying that the baby is distressed) and decided it was best for mom and baby to move to the hospital.
Jill and Israel shortly after his arrival. (Photo Credit: Facebook)
“I was praying to God to give me strength,” she tells the mag. “I was really scared and nervous, but I was praying.”
Jill continuously denied pain medication throughout the ordeal and tried to keep her delivery as “natural” as possible, but after 70 hours of labor, doctors discovered #BabyDilly was in a transverse breech position (meaning he was sideways and upside down) and experiencing irregular heart rates. They encouraged Jill to move forward with the emergency C-section.
The '19 Kids and Counting' star had the surgery, and Israel was born weighing 9 pounds, 10 ounces at 11:49 p.m. on April 6.
#BabyDilly just chilling at home. (Photo Credit: DillardFamily.com)
Israel’s arrival may not have gone exactly as planned, but even after all that, the new mom is head-over-heels in love with her little man — and admits she wouldn’t change a thing!
“His birth didn’t go as expected,” Jill says. “But having him here — it’s worth all of it. I wouldn’t do anything differently.”