Are Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth ready to stop counting when it comes to babies? The couple recently welcomed son Gideon, however, the home birth was not without complications, leaving many to believe the couple may be reconsidering a big family.
The Counting On star labored at home for over 20 hours before being rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section last month. That alone would be enough to change your mind about getting pregnant again. But this is the Duggars we are talking about… Watch the video above to for more on Joy and Austin's baby dilemma.
Recently, Joy gushed about her baby boy on Instagram, seemingly forgetting about her tough delivery. "Time sure does fly! It’s hard to believe Gideon is already 1 month old," she captioned a cute photo of the newborn.
At the time, Joy explained her reasoning for wanting to avoid the hospital on the show. "I decided to have a home birth, just because I know that it’s more comfortable being at home,” she said. “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."
However, Joy is not the first Duggar sister to experience complications during a home birth. In 2015, older sister Jill Duggar was also rushed to the hospital for an emergency c-section after more than 70 hours of labor. "Contractions kicked in very hard and with not a lot of break in between," she told cameras at the time. "I went to the bathroom and I noticed some meconium staining on my pad, and usually that is a sign of fetal distress in the baby. It was more mild so it was like, 'okay, he's not doing too well but it's not an emergency at this point.'"
Jessa Duggar also ended up at the hospital after attempting a home birth. Her mom, Michelle Duggar, called 911 after the arrival of her son Spurgeon, telling the dispatcher on the call, "mother is bleeding after birth. We need her to be checked out."
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