“19 Kids and Counting” alum Jessa Duggar Seewald has named her son Spurgeon Elliot Seewald after milking the press coverage over his name for six days.
“His name is Spurgeon Elliot Seewald,” Jessa revealed on a YouTube video (see above). “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 is doing well after being rushed to the hospital for excessive bleeding Nov. 5 following a dangerous home birth. Duggar Seewald, 23, is basking in the glow of new motherhood.
“Every time I look into this precious little face, I can’t believe he’s really mine!” Jessa wrote on Instagram Nov. 10. “I feel blessed beyond measure! 😍 So in love!
Jessa, who scored the cover of People magazine this week, revealed they named their son Spurgeon Elliot. “We want to give him a strong name, with a lot of meaning,” said Jessa. “A lot of thought has gone into it.”
Meanwhile, Jessa and the Duggar family are being slammed online for endangering her life and that of her baby with a risky home delivery. Jessa gave birth on Nov. 5: her son was big — 9 pounds, 11 ounces, and 21 and 1/4 inches long.
When she went into labor, Seewald was a week late and had expressed concerns she would birth a “gigantic” baby. Jessa said she and Ben had been big babies at birth: Jessa weighed almost 10 pounds, while Ben weighed over 8 pounds.
In 2014, Jessa’s older sister, Jill Duggar Dillard, delivered her son Israel via an emergency C-section following an agonizing 70-hour labor. Jill had initially tried to home-birth her baby, but was forced to go to the hospital due to complications. Jill remained hospitalized for several days afterward.
While home-birth advocates often point out that women have delivered babies at home for centuries before the advent of modern medicine, it bears noting that childbirth was often a leading cause of death during those times. One fan commented online:
Not that long ago more than half the women did died during or from giving birth. ‘Natural’ does not means easy.”
Another critic sarcastically noted, “I imagine the Rwandan women who give birth on dirty floors and know they could die at any second LOVE their birth experience. I’m sure it makes total sense when wealthy American women don’t use the resources here in the USA to have safe births.”
Still another woman wrote of her horrific failed attempt at home birthing:
My ‘normal’ pregnancy ended up with him getting stuck, having to be pushed back up my birth canal, tearing me horribly and rupturing my uterus.
Had I not been in the hospital steps from the OR and 5 surgeons, my son and I would be dead.”
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, 20, once wanted to be an actor but 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.