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Jill Duggar: Emergency C-Section After 70 Hours Of Scary Labor Revealed

Tue, April 14, 2015 10:57pm EDT by 10 Comments

Poor, girl! After 70 hours of excruciating labor, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard welcomed their first baby boy, Israel David. Even worse, Jill had to undergo an emergency C-section!

Jill Duggar, 23, and Derick Dillard, 26, had it pretty rough as they welcomed baby Israel David into the world on Apr. 6. Jill’s dreams of having a natural birth at her Rogers, Arkansas home were quickly shattered when she started to experience major complications during labor. Find out what went wrong!

Jill Duggar C-Section: Emergency Surgery After 70 Hours Of Labor

Luckily, Israel was born healthy, but the road to deliver him was very rocky for Jill. The 19 Kids And Counting star explains how things got scary in a new interview.

“His birth didn’t go as expected,” Jill tells People. “But having him here – it’s worth all of it. I wouldn’t do anything differently.”

Originally due on March 24, Jill kept herself in good spirits even though the pregnancy wasn’t going as planned.

“I told myself first-time moms often go a week and a half over,” Jill said. 

After a little over 41 weeks into her pregnancy, Jill’s water finally broke, but health problems immediately came after. Jill spent 20 hours in painful labor before moving her post from her home to the hospital, once she noticed a slight stain of of meconium (waste of an unborn infant, often signaling fetal distress).

“I was praying to God to give me strength,” she remembered. “I was really scared and nervous, but I was praying.”

When Jill finally got to the hospital, she initially refused Pitocin (a hormone that speeds up labor) and painkillers, but after 70 hours spent suffering intense labor, her baby boy had turned over into a transverse breech position (sideways and upside down), and was experiencing irregular heart rates.


After doctors explained their concerns about Israel’s delivery, the couple eventually decided to have an emergency C-section. Finally, Jill and Derick’s 9-lb., 10-oz. baby was born at 11:49 p.m. Phew!

Check out these pics from Jill, Derick and Israel’s first moments as a family at the hospital.

He's a beautiful baby boy! Israel David Dillard, born last night at 11:49pm! ❤️

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Jill And Derick: Israel’s Birth Was A Bonding Experience

“I love our birth story because it bonded us so well,” gushes Jill. “I still haven’t changed a single diaper. Derick has been changing them all.”

What a good dad! Lucky Jill, right?

19 Kids And Counting fans can catch the birth of Israel David on May 5 just ahead of Mother’s Day. On Apr. 14, a special message from Jill’s brother Josiah and his courtship partner Marjorie airs at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.

HollywoodLifers — what do YOU think about Jill’s dramatic delivery?

— Evan Real