Courtesy of People Magazine

Courtesy of People Magazine

Jill Duggar Dillard is a name you might not recognize but we all know her mother – Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting. Jill gave birth to a healthy baby boy on April 6, 2015 who weighed a whopping 9 lb 10 oz and she should count her lucky stars that he was born healthy given the stormy course of her labor which lasted almost 3 days. Here are the facts regarding Jill’s labor as reported by People Magazine:

  • She was 41.5 weeks when her water broke – most healthcare providers will want to induce at 41 weeks at 42| weeks, the baby can get too big, the placenta too old or the baby will pass its first stool (meconium) in-utero and complicate the delivery
  • Her water broke and she wanted to go on a 2 mile hike – not a good idea because the sac is no longer present to protect the baby from infections
  • She planned to deliver at home – you need a back-up plan including alerting a hospital of your impending delivery in the event of an emergency
  • She had a positive Group B Strep test which is one of the leading causes of serious neonatal infections that could potentially cause death
  • She took castor oil and yes, the contractions came much faster than she anticipated
  • After 20 hours of in labor with contractions occurring every minute, there was meconium which means that the baby was in distress so she decided to go to the hospital but then she took a SECOND dose of castor oil.
  • The trip to the hospital was 40 minutes rather than around the corner
  • When she arrived the baby’s heart rate was irregular and he was in an abnormal position
  • Thankfully she consented to having a C. Section and delivered a big baby boy

Had Jill been adamant about having a vaginal delivery and ignored the warning signs, her happy ending might not have occurred. A C. Section is not necessary in every delivery, but it certainly was in hers. Good job, Jill!! You might have abandoned your original birth plan, but in exchange, you have a healthy son.