‘Counting On’: Jessa Duggar Revealed She Tried to Step Away From a Duggar Family Tradition

For better or for worse, we’ve been keeping up with the Duggars for years — and that means we’ve heard about their family traditions for over a decade, too. We know Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar raise their 19 kids to be extremely religious in their fundamentalist Christian household. And this means that the women are expected to wear modest tops and long skirts, all courtships involve no touching or kissing until marriage, and all of the Duggars live under Jim Bob and Michelle’s roof until they wed.

There’s another Duggar tradition that’s caused a ton of controversy over the years, too — and that’s that the women in the family believe in home births. It seems Jessa was trying to part with this tradition for her third baby, however. Here’s what she said.

The Duggar women are all proponents of home births

While the Duggars aren’t completely out of touch with modern medicine, it’s clear they prefer home births over the hospital to have their babies delivered by doctors. While there are certain advantages to home births, the Duggar women who’ve had kids haven’t had easy deliveries. And we can’t forget that Michelle, along with a number of her daughters, have had difficult and dangerous experiences giving birth in the past.

While Michelle has 19 children, she’s had a number of birth complications over the years. She’s had multiple C-sections and nearly lost her 19th child, Josie, after the youngest Duggar was born as a micro-preemie at 25 weeks.

As for the other Duggars, we can’t forget that Jill had to head to the hospital after laboring for 20 hours with her first son. Ultimately, she had to have a C-section performed as well. And Joy-Anna also tried to for a home-birth but then had to be rushed to the hospital for a C-section.

Jessa Duggar has had difficult births in the past

Just like her mother and her sisters, Jessa also tried for home births with her sons — but it didn’t go as expected. People reports Jessa labored for 48 hours with her first child, Spurgeon, back in 2015. “It was very intense, very long. Everything was different than I expected,” Jessa told the publication.

While Jessa planned on giving birth at home, she said the intense pain was almost enough for her to ask to switch to the hospital. And while Jessa then successfully gave birth to Spurgeon at home, her midwife couldn’t stop her bleeding. The new mom ultimately had to undergo a blood transfusion during her overnight stay at the hospital.

“I had dreamed about those first moments, getting to breastfeed right away, all that. And so when I had to go to the hospital, it was a shock,” Jessa said.

She wanted to give birth in a hospital for her third baby, Ivy

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It looks like Jessa was willing to part ways with Duggar tradition for her third baby, Ivy. OK! Magazine notes in a preview for the Dec. 10 episode of Counting On, Jessa and her husband, Ben Seewald, talk about the future birth of their baby girl — and it doesn’t involve a home birth.

“Since we’ve done two home births, this’ll be the first time Ben and I have to pack a hospital bag,” Jessa said. And while Jessa and her husband planned to deliver the baby in a local hospital with the help of their midwife, “the morning that my water broke was the morning that my midwife left town for a week,” Jessa said.

This led to another home birth for Jessa, though she had to be rushed to the hospital once again due to excess bleeding. Thankfully, she was able to leave that same day.

As for another Duggar who’s bucking tradition, Jessa reminded viewers that Jinger decided to have her baby in a hospital, too. “Since Jinger and Jeremy [Vuolo] delivered in a hospital I decided to video chat and ask her what are some things I need to bring to the hospital,” Jessa said.

If Jessa has any more kids, it looks like she may do away with the Duggar home birthing tradition altogether and prepare for a hospital birth once and for all.

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