Joy-Anna Duggar gave birth to her first child at the age of 20 last month — and, as she revealed last week, things didn’t go as smoothly as she’d hoped.
In a TLC webisode of the series Counting On that premiered last week, Joy shared how she was rushed to the hospital to deliver her son Gideon after it was discovered that he was in breech.
Now, fans of the show will be able to watch the whole saga unfold on tonight’s episode of Counting On.
Joy-Anna had planned a home birth for her son, and was indeed in labor at home for 20 hours before it was discovered that the baby was in breech. When a baby is in breech, it’s positioned with its feet down — with makes vaginal labor impossible.
The 20-year-old needed to be rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section, which was captured for the latest episode of the reality show.
In a preview clip teasing what’s to come, matriarch Michelle Duggar is seen in a car speaking to the camera.
‘We are on our way to go see Joy and Austin. Joy’s in labor and they’re progressing,’ she says.
Joy is seen during her long labor, breathing heavily, turning red, and moaning.
The scene then cuts to patriarch Jim Bob, who is at the family home with the rest of the children. He gets a text, presumably from Michelle, telling him that they are en route to the hospital and she can’t talk.
Finally, a clip from the hospital plays. Joy-Anna is being wheeled into surgery, and she tells the camera: ‘Love you guys. Thank you for your prayers.’
In two ten-minute web clips leading up to the labor, Joy-Anna explained what her birthing plan was while still pregnant.
‘If we need to go and get checked out at the hospital, were just gonna go to the closest one, which is 25-30 minutes away,’ she told Austin’s in the clip.
‘I decided to have a home birth just ’cause I’d know that it’s more comfortable being at home. I really wanted to just try it,’ she added to the camera, admitting she was still quite nervous.
More clips showed her in labor, moaning in pain while her new husband rocked her and held a cold compress to her head.
She’d gone into labor at 4am, but it wasn’t until midnight the following day that the midwife determined that Gideon was in breech. The baby was finally born 24 hours after she went into labor.
SOURCE: CARLY STERN