UDPATE, 12:15p: Here’s an iphone message Michelle and husband Jim Bob sent 3 days ago via TLC from her hospital bed, thanking people for prayers and indicating there were problems stabilizing her blood pressure.
12:08p: Mom and baby Josie need our prayers. From ABC News, within the hour:
Michelle Duggar, star of the TLC reality show 18 Kids and Counting has given birth to her 19th child in an emergency C-section.
New baby Josie Brooklyn, born Thursday evening, weighs 1 pound 6 ounces and is in stable condition at the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, TLC reports….
TLC reports “Michelle is resting comfortably” while Josie Brooklyn stays at the neonatal intensive care unit, and that “the family is grateful for all the prayers and well wishes during their recovery.”
Duggar’s baby was not due until March, but TLC is reporting that Duggar went into the hospital early suffering pain from a gallstone. People magazine reported Monday that Duggar had been airlifted to a hospital in Little Rock because her gallbladder problems were causing contractions.
Only 6% of babies are born so early. Most preemies make it the 33rd week of pregnancy and while most premature babies are at risk for health problems, risk for complications increases the earlier a baby is born, according to the March of Dimes.
Their organs are less developed in babies before 32 weeks gestation, but advances in obstetrics and neonatology have improved the chances of survival for babies as small as Josie Brooklyn.
Josie Brooklyn was born at 25 weeks and, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in June, babies born at 25 weeks who receive aggressive treatment through intensive care have an 82% chance of survival….
[HT: Facebook friend Tracy]