“19 Kids and Counting” alum Jessa Duggar Seewald is being slammed after being hospitalized for excessive bleeding following the risky home birth of her son. Jessa gave birth to her first child on Nov. 5: her son was 9 pounds, 11 ounces and was 21 and 1/4 inches long.
The boy’s name has not yet been revealed. Jessa was rushed to the hospital for excessive bleeding after delivering her baby at home, TMZ reported. Jessa’s mom, Michelle Duggar, made the 911 call, where she told the operator: “There was quite a bit of blood when the placenta detached, but uterus is hard now.”
Michelle and her husband, Jim Bob Duggar, have since provided photos of Jessa’s son on Facebook and assured fans, “Both Jessa and the baby are doing well.”
Meanwhile, the Duggars are being slammed online for trying to deliver Jessa’s baby at home when she was past her due date. In 2014, Jessa’s older sister, Jill Duggar Dillard, delivered her son Israel via an emergency C-section following a grueling 70-hour labor.
Like Jessa, Jill went into labor a week past her due date. Jill had initially tried to home-birth her baby, but was forced to go to the hospital due to complications. Jill remained hospitalized for days.
While people often point out that women have given birth at home for centuries before modern medicine, it bears noting that childbirth was often a leading cause of death for women during those times.
One furious fan commented online: “It’s bordering on insane to do a home birth. Who wants to be transferred to a hospital before, during or after they are giving birth? Why on earth would you take the risk?”
Another commented, “My uncle and cousin are gynecologists and they would never allow a woman from the family give birth at home, ever.”
In my culture we say a woman in labour is one foot in the grave. It’s true and not taking advantage of our much improved medicine is irresponsible, imo. Things may get bad in minutes and no one knows if and when.”
Meanwhile, Jessa is thrilled that her childbirth will be featured on her upcoming three-part TLC TV show, “Jill & Jessa: Counting On,” after “19 Kids and Counting” was canceled.
Jessa recently lamented that money is tight because her husband, Ben Seewald, has been largely unemployed. Ben, who once wanted to be an actor, recently decided to go to seminary school to become a pastor.
The entire Duggar family lost the majority of their income after “19 Kids and Counting” was canceled amid Josh Duggar’s child molestation sex scandal. Jessa and her sister Jill Duggar Dillard are the only Duggar family members who star on “Jill & Jessa: Counting On,” although their siblings and parents will make cameos.
TLC decided to focus on Jessa and Jill after they revealed they had been molested as children by their brother Josh Duggar. The child molestation sex scandal caused TLC to cancel the family’s hit TV show, “19 Kids and Counting,” in July 2015 amid massive public outcry.
The Duggar family earned $25,000 to $45,000 per episode of “19 Kids and Counting.” The show aired 227 episodes spanning 10 seasons from 2008 to 2015. The Duggars have reportedly lost income totaling $25 million a year as a result of lost book deals, endorsement and speaking engagements stemming from their TV show’s cancellation.