It’s a heartbreaking day in the Duggar household.
Austin Forsyth and Joy Anna Duggar took to social media to share the terrible news: after recently announcing the gender of their unborn daughter, who they’d already named Annabell Elise, the Forsyths suffered a late-term miscarriage at 20 weeks gestation. They were understandably devastated by the loss.
But they’re also not alone. Family members have been sharing words of comfort and support during this difficult time.
The couple shared the news on social media
Austin and Joy posted this message on Instagram: “Today marks one week since we heard these words…
‘So this is your baby’s heart (pointing to the ultrasound screen). I don’t hear a heartbeat or see any movement.’
We had gone in for our 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal. It was a baby girl.”
As expected, Austin and Joy are relying on their deep faith to carry them through this tragic life event.
“Although we don’t understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Yes, it still hurts and we have cried countless tears, but we know that we can trust the Lord. In the words of King David after the loss of his baby, “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me” (2 Sam 12:23). We don’t grieve as those who have no hope because we trust that we will see this little one again,” they wrote.
The Duggar family sent messages of comfort
Joy’s parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar on their own Instagram page.
“We were so sad to hear that Joy and Austin’s baby girl passed away mid-way through their pregnancy,” they said in a post. “The pain of losing a child is unimaginable. Yet, for the one whose hope is in God, there is a peace that surpasses our finite understanding. We pray that God will comfort Joy and Austin and carry them through this difficult time.”
Jessa Seewald, who just welcomed a new daughter in May, echoed her mother’s condolences. “@AustinandJoyforsyth our hearts are breaking over your loss,” she said. “Such beautiful words you’ve written in your post. Annabell will forever be in our hearts. We love you all and are praying for God’s peace and comfort during this time.”
Anna Duggar, Jeremy and Jinger Vuolo, and Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson all shared similar sentiments. Swanson is especially understanding as she just suffered a miscarriage earlier this year. She is currently pregnant again.
Miscarriages aren’t as common past 12 weeks
Sadly, 10 to 15 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, so Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth aren’t alone in their sadness. However, second trimester miscarriages are much less common than they are in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The risk by week 20 is under 5%.
Causes of miscarriage vary and it’s often impossible to know the reason why it happens. Some risk factors include genetics, clotting disorders, infections, and maternal age.
It’s an incredibly difficult thing to go through. We sincerely hope that the love and support of family and friends will carry the Forsyths through this difficult time.