Jessa Duggar Seewald, who was hospitalized for excessive bleeding after giving birth to a 9-pound baby body at home, gushed over her newborn on Instagram. Jessa is doing well after being rushed to the hospital shortly after her dangerous home birth on Nov. 5.
“How sweet to hold a newborn baby and feel the pride and joy he gives,” Duggar Seewald wrote on Instagram Nov. 10 (see photo). Jessa then praised God, writing, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.”
Surprisingly, Jessa claims she still has not named her child, who’s now 5 days old. Meanwhile, the Duggars are being slammed online for risking Jessa’s life with a dangerous home delivery when she was past her due date.
Jessa’s older sister, Jill Duggar Dillard, delivered her son Israel in 2014 via an emergency C-section following a grueling 70-hour labor. Like Jessa, Jill initially tried to home-birth her baby, but was rushed to the hospital after an agonizing 70-hour labor failed to induce delivery. Jill remained hospitalized for days afterward.
While it’s true that women have given birth at home for centuries before modern medicine, it bears noting that childbirth was a leading cause of death for women during those times. One furious fan commented online:
It’s utterly insane and negligent to have a home birth in this day and age. They have birthing centers ATTACHED to hospitals. Why risk bleeding out or having your baby die at home?”
Another commented, “Not that long ago more than half the women did died during or from giving birth. Natural does not means easy.”
Meanwhile, Jessa is so happy 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 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.