Jessa Duggar Seewald needed a blood transfusion after being rushed to the hospital for excessive vaginal bleeding after her dangerous home birth. Jessa, who’s now back at home with son Spurgeon Elliot, was surprised her labor was difficult.
“Labor is hard,” Jessa told People “It was very intense, very long. Everything was different than I expected.”
Duggar Seewald suffered through a 10-hour labor and gave birth to a 9 lb., 11 oz. baby boy on Nov. 5 after a 48-hour delivery that caused heavy vaginal bleeding (what a shocker).
Jessa went into labor a week past her due date and endured 10 hours of contractions without pain medication. The agonizing pain made her doubt her decision to home-birth her son.
I said, ‘That’s it! I’m done! I am going to the hospital and I’m going to get an epidural!’ But I wanted to try natural, if at all possible.”
Shortly after she gave birth, Jessa began to bleed heavily so her mom, Michelle Duggar, called 911. Jessa was rushed to a local hospital without her son, and said the hardest part was leaving her baby behind.
Jessa got a blood transfusion at the hospital and returned home the next day. On Nov. 12, Jessa and her husband Ben Seewald revealed in a YouTube video they had named their son Spurgeon Elliot.
“His name is Spurgeon Elliot Seewald,” said Jessa. “Why we named him that: Charles Spurgeon was a preacher who lived back in the 19th century and he had a big impact on our lives. Elliot, that was the last name of Jim Elliot and Elizabeth Elliot, and Jim Elliot was a missionary.”
Jessa, 23, and Ben, 20, were slammed for their peculiar name choice, with fans saying “Spurgeon” sounds weird and will ensure the kid gets bullied. “
Thank God all the Duggar kids are home schooled,” said one online commenter. “That name just screams ‘beat me up daily!’ in public school. Yikes! Cute baby though.”
Meanwhile, Jessa is thrilled her childbirth will be featured on her upcoming three-part TLC TV show, “Jill & Jessa: Counting On,” after “19 Kids and Counting” was canceled several months ago.
The entire Duggar family lost most of their regular income after “19 Kids and Counting” was canceled amid Josh Duggar’s child molestation sex scandal. The Duggar family earned $25,000 to $45,000 per episode of “19 Kids and Counting.”
The Duggars have since reportedly lost income totaling over $25 million a year as a result of lost book deals, endorsement and speaking engagements stemming from their TV show’s cancellation. “Jill & Jessa: Counting On,” airs on TLC in December.