On Feb. 23, Joy-Anna Duggar welcomed a healthy baby boy with her husband, Austin Forsyth, but it didn’t come without complications. Their home birth took a scary turn when the couple’s mid-wife informed them that their baby was breech. After 20 hours of labor, the Counting On star was rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section. Although the conservative family is known to give birth in the comfort of their own home, fans are now concerned that they won’t be so lucky the next time around.
Someone commented on an article posted by In Touch about Joy’s experience and slammed the family for their “botched” home birth. “Just another botched home birth,” the Facebook user wrote. “Just a matter of time before someone dies.” In response, another commented, “Yep! I don’t care who you are, home birth is truly irresponsible. I was planning to have a natural/water birth and had a healthy pregnancy. I went way overdue and needed an emergency C-section after a three-day failed induction. Without being in that hospital, my son and I would definitely be dead.” A third agreed, “Took them 20 hours to figure out the baby was breech. This is what happens when they don’t use medical professionals.”
Prior to giving birth, Joy-Anna revealed she was nervous but that they lived close to a hospital. “I decided to have a home birth, just because I know that it’s more comfortable being at home,” she explained on last week’s birth special. “I really wanted to at least try it, and we’re only about 30 minutes from the hospital, so it’s not too bad in case of an emergency or a change of plans. [I’m feeling] somewhat nervous, trying not to be scared, but just prepared. I know that it’s going to painful, there’s going to be a lot of emotions, but I know Austin is going to be there to support me.”
Yet Joy wasn’t the only sister who was rushed to the hospital for an unexpected complication. When Jill Duggar — who held Joy’s hand throughout the birth — was pregnant with Israel, she had an emergency C-section after 70 hours of labor. For her second pregnancy, she had another C-section at the hospital after being in labor for 40 hours. However, it sounded like she was a little more prepared for that possibility the second time around.
“There’s a level of ease that comes with your second pregnancy,” she told People at the time. “Derick and I have been down this road together, so we’re comfortable. I’m just going to see how it goes, try to be healthy, and prepare as much as I can. But this time I know that labor is unpredictable.”
And speaking of unpredictable, another Duggar sister, Jessa, had an unexpected experience with her first child. Although she gave birth at home like she planned, she ended up going to the hospital for excessive bleeding. Yikes.
Do you think they’ve finally learned their lesson? TBH, we have low hopes.
The season finale of Counting On airs Monday, March 26 at 9 p.m. EST on TLC.
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