(Photo above is the Duggar 2009 family portrait via the Duggar family website.)
I reported a week ago today that super mom Michelle Duggar had given birth prematurely, at 25 gestational weeks, to her 19th baby, Josie Brooklyn.
Digital Spy reports today...
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have provided fans with an update on the health of their premature baby daughter.
The 18 Kids And Counting stars welcomed Josie, their 19th child, on December 10. She was 3 months premature and weighed 1lb 6oz.
In an email to ABC News, Jim Bob said: "We are so grateful for all of the prayers and emails of support for our family since Josie Brooklyn Duggar was born.
"Michelle is [recovering] from the emergency c-section and is doing [a lot] better. Josie is beautiful and in stable condition."
Freda Ruark, the sister of Michelle, continued to say that the new arrival is now taking breast milk and "holding her own", adding: "As long as she can get some of that breast milk, that will help build up her immune system."
Ruark also said that she expects Michelle to remain in hospital "for a while".
Some of the other Duggar children are reportedly being cared for by their grandmother, who lives with them at the family home, while some are on a mission in El Salvador but keeping in contact with their parents every day.
Additional info on Josie's nutritional/immune system progress for breast feeding advocates in the crowd, from ABC: "[A]fter 3 breast milk feedings, Josie Brooklyn was able to keep down 2."
Turns out Michelle had pre-eclampsia. According to People:
Michelle Duggar's 19th baby was born prematurely... because Michelle suffered a rare condition during pregnancy that causes high blood pressure, her doctor says.
The condition, preeclampsia, which affects 5 to 8% of pregnancies, was discovered when Michelle was admitted to the University of AR for Medical Sciences to evaluate pain related to a gall bladder problem, says Dr. Paul Wendel, director of the hospital's Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
"The obstetrical and neonatal teams reached the collaborative decision... that Mrs. Duggar needed an emergency C-section to ensure the blood pressure problem would not be detrimental to her or the baby," says Wendel.
Here's an Associated Press video report:
Family bonding info from ABC News:
Each bassinet in the neonatal intensive care unit... is equipped with "angel-eye cameras," according to the hospital spokeswoman, which allows family, via a password, to view the baby from their home computers.
[Photo of Michelle via the AP]
What a nice update! I'm so glad to hear they're doing well. I've been looking for updates every day.Posted by: bethany at December 18, 2009 8:30 AM
Thanks for keepin us updated, Jill. I have pre-eclampsia with my first child, and an emergency C-section with my last, poor Michelle!
Prayers going out to her and baby Josie.
So glad to know this!! I have been checking their blog and actually was completely disgusted by some of the hateful, vile comments!! Wishing I was a mod there too and could hit DELETE!!Posted by: carla at December 18, 2009 8:43 AM
Whenever I've written on my blog about the Duggars, I get the most amazing reactions. People either love them, or hate them with the hot fire of a thousand suns. I wouldn't choose to have quite so many kids for myself, but I wish more people were as open to life as they are.Posted by: Paul, Just This Guy, You Know? at December 18, 2009 9:11 AM
The countries with hateful attitudes toward the gifts the Lord
gives them, are quickly becoming muslim.
You can't beat a birth rate!Posted by: Leslie Hanks at December 18, 2009 9:30 AM
its not like we want people to have 19 children (that's not for everyone) but I believe that more than 2.1 children is definitely needed. Glad to hear that Josie is doing well and Michelle is recovering.
Posted by: LizFromNebraska
at December 18, 2009 10:11 AM
Glad to hear that Josie is stable. It sounds like it might have been a blessing in disquise for Michelle to have gall blader issues since they revealed her pre-eclampsia.
Lots of prayers for little Josie and also Michelle.Posted by: Lauren at December 18, 2009 10:18 AM
That's exactly what happened to me (Pre-eclampsia, c-section, premature baby). My little girl was born at 33 weeks, and was 4 pounds, 2 ounces. Glad to know they're doing well. Pray that they will continue to. :)Posted by: Pamela at December 18, 2009 10:20 AM
What a beautiful family portrait. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Duggar family. Michelle is such a sweetheart. God bless.Posted by: Janet at December 18, 2009 10:27 AM
Thanks for the update. We are continuing to pray for Michelle, baby Josie and the entire Duggar family.Posted by: Traci at December 18, 2009 11:01 AM
Super! Was this her first need for a c-section? She really is an amazing woman! What a blessed family!Posted by: Jocelyn at December 18, 2009 11:44 AM
Hi Jocelyn - no, I believe this was her third or fourth c-section.Posted by: Traci at December 18, 2009 11:52 AM
Thank God Michelle and the baby are both doing well. Michelle and her husband both have such beautiful spirits. I choose not to read hate mail as I find it hurts my spirit. I don't feel any need to judge anyone for the size of their family whether their family is large, small or in between.
I never met anyone with 2.1 children. LOL .)
This point has been made all along by PL people. When there is any threat to the life of a pregant woman, whatever is necessary to save her life, and hopefully her child's, will be done without a moment's hesitation.
It can be done humanely, whatever the circumstances, and there is no need for late term hacks like Carhart.
I love that they are soo into music! Bethany, check out that harp!!! ;)Posted by: angel at December 18, 2009 5:19 PM
Unless you want a dead baby. Then Carhart is da man.
its not like we want people to have 19 children (that's not for everyone)/i>
And of course, no-one anywhere is suggesting that people have to.
God bless the Duggars.Posted by: Louise at December 18, 2009 10:25 PM
I am so glad the newest little Duggar is doing okay! She is a lucky baby to be born into a family that values her so much and makes room for her in their lives. Can't say the same for the families of most babies in this world.
On that note pray for me everyone who prays, that I am pregnant this month. I just don't think I am. I have never had to "try" before and its the third month. Does it normally take this long? I am trying to be patient and wait on the Lord's timing but its so hard!!! I am ready for another little one!!!!Posted by: Sydney M. at December 18, 2009 11:00 PM
Sydney are you past the age of 35? This might make a difference as to why it's taking "longer" than usual.
Doctors consider that it can take up to a year to get pregnant - that's sort of the limits on what's "normal".
You can also use NFP to chart your fertility symptoms so that you can pinpoint ovulation.
I will pray for you! God bless you.
Yay! I was afraid of what the news would be when I first saw the headline of this post. I'm so glad that baby Josie is doing well and that Michelle is also doing well.
Sydney M., I will pray for you as well. Generally, a healthy young woman should not be concerned if it takes a year or less to become pregnant. If you're on the younger end of things (less than 35 years old) and are still trying after a year has come and gone, you might want to ask your OB/GYN if you need to start looking into secondary infertility issues. I believe for mothers over 35, they say to talk to your doctor if it has been over six months because as age increases, so does the risk of infertility issues and the quicker they can be treated the better off you will be.
And if anyone has more current or accurate information than me, please feel free to correct me, of course. I'm just going off of what I remember from my own personal reading on the issue. The book "Getting Pregnant: What You Need To Know Right Now" is a good one on this subject.
When my husband and I were trying for our second child, it took us about a year of trying before I got pregnant. I had started to become concerned because it was taking so long, but then found out I was pregnant (I was 24 when he was finally born), so I would say that even though it is hard, try to be patient. Sometimes God just has a different timetable for things. :-)Posted by: army_wife at December 19, 2009 8:11 AM
Thanks Army wife and Angel. I am 29. I conceived my son "accidentally" (with God there are not such thing as unplanned children!) while on the pill when I was 25. I had him at 26. And now that my husband and I finally feel financially ready for another child I just want to be pregnant NOW ya know? Ugh, its so hard. Especially now my son is begging for a little brother. Then he said he would like "one of each" (a brother AND a sister. It just melted my heart!)
My husband works such odd hours its hard to find the time to try. We haven't been actively timing it either just kinda taking a "if it happens it happens" approach. Actually my husband is taking that approach and I am taking the baby fever approach. I do believe it will happen but thank you for your prayers! I'll let you all know when it does happen!Posted by: sydney M at December 19, 2009 9:02 AM
I watch and love the duggars. I know about the birth control pills, but I think its time Jim Bob uses condoms. michelle needs to take care of her body. woman needs time to heal from having children. god blessPosted by: cheryl at December 19, 2009 12:20 PM
I'm glad the baby is doing well...but...come on people....I know alot of you think this is so wonderful.......but I agree with Cheryl....how much more do you think this mother's body can withstand.....won't it be tragic when she dies trying to have #20, #21 or #22.......maybe there would be family to take care of the little ones...but wake up people....they need their mother more than she needs more babies!!!Posted by: sher at December 19, 2009 3:39 PM
Do you think your comment will convince this family to do what YOU want them to do?
You may disagree totally with the way they live their lives but
The Duggars know that God is in control. They welcome any and all babies that they conceive.
What is so wonderful is looking at their picture. Go on. Look at it.Posted by: carla at December 19, 2009 3:47 PM
Condoms go against God's plan for sexuality, creating a barrier blocking life giving creation.
Condoms say "I love you, but not all of you."
Posted by: LizFromNebraska
at December 19, 2009 4:39 PM
Who knows, Baby Josie may end up being their youngest.
I'm so happy to hear that Michelle and baby Josie are doing so well (and what a beautiful name they've chosen for her). I whole heartedly agree that a family should have as many children as the Lord blesses them with, I only have 4 so far (would be 6 if I hadn't miscarried twice) and would happily welcome dozens more if that were to be His plan.Michelle is such a loving mom. She is much like myself in her beliefs in nursing, baby-wearing,co-sleeping and homeschooling. And to think she's done that with all 19 while still be gentle as can be, even with her discipline. One more thing...hat's off to Jim Bob.It seems that some reality tv dads of multiples think it's o.k. to have affairs, carry on all night with college girls, and basically abandon their wives and children. Thank goodness Jim Bob has morals!Posted by: Amy at December 20, 2009 4:59 PM
I am glad to hear Mother and daughter are well, pray they both continue to do well. I love the fact that this family is in this together, if we had more families like this (with strong morals) I think our country would be in a lot better shape. I had preclamsia also but was very fortunate to have it a couple of days before my due date and my beautiful daughter was born just fine. Duggars we love you all and thank you for sharing your life with us.Posted by: Leslie Ramsbacher at December 20, 2009 9:57 PM
The angel-eye camera idea is awesome! Our NICU did not have this in 2007 when our son was born at 29 weeks due to preeclampsia. He was 2 pounds 2 ounces. Our NICU was 70 miles from our home so I only went every other day as hunting up transportation was difficult. The trek really prolonged my recovery time as well. I would have loved to be able to watch my baby's angel eye camera all day on the days I couldn't get to the NICU.Posted by: Heather at December 22, 2009 5:56 PM
Thank you so much for the update! Not hearing anything was worrying me. I am so glad to hear they are recovering well. Praise the Lord!Posted by: Nancy at December 22, 2009 7:00 PM
I'm so happy to hear that Michelle and little Josie are doing well. I will continue to pray for them. The Duggars have a strong faith and they follow God's plan for their lives. If more families raised their children like the Duggars do, our jails and juvenile centers would be almost empty! God Bless Michelle, Josie, and the Duggar family.Posted by: Jana at December 22, 2009 7:47 PM
I would like to offer our congraulations and well wishes to you and the baby we live in Texas and my girls watch your show regularly. Jim Bob and you too Michelle have such a good report with all your children I just admire you all please keep us informed on the well being of Josie. My prayers are with you all.Posted by: Belinda at December 24, 2009 12:36 AM
I hope Michelle and baby Josie are doing well. This is a very nice family, but I really hope they don't have any more children. Michelle's poor body is worn out from giving birth so much and it is now time for her to enjoy life with the children she has been blessed with and get her body back to herself!Posted by: Kelly E. at December 25, 2009 10:23 PM
Best wishes to the family. I enjoy the show. I am amazed at the people who think there is a specific number of children a family should have. As long as the parents are caring for them both financially and emotionally it should be their choice. The Duggars seem to be doing a wonderful job. I feel that their children will contribute positively to our world. They are raised in an atmosphere of love. Isn't that the best gift we can give our children?Posted by: Hiro at December 29, 2009 11:46 AM
Michelle Duggar has a most beautiful smile.Posted by: Elizabeth at December 29, 2009 2:05 PM
oh my gosh thats really small i mean thats like the weight of a baby rabbit... soo... good luck to the duggars with their new baby girl josie and to anna and josh with mackyenzie reneePosted by: steph<3 at December 30, 2009 6:59 PM