Jessa Duggar is drawing a lot of attention after discussing the labor and delivery of each of her three children on YouTube. The video has people talking, especially because Jessa discusses feeling at one time that she was done having children.
In the video, Jessa describes the very different experiences she had with babies Spurgeon, Henry, and Ivy. Jessa’s stories were easy to relate to for many women who have gone through labor and delivery, but she also revealed details most Counting On viewers might not know.
Jessa begins by describing her 2015 labor and delivery with son Spurgeon. As a first-time mother, Jessa was not prepared. She’d even watched her mother, Michelle, give birth. Her experience was different.
Jessa describes feeling like she was dying because of the intense pain. Though she had planned on having a home birth, she began begging to be taken to the hospital so she could get an epidural. She also described it as “awful.”
The ordeal took longer than 24 hours, and she even told husband Ben that they were not having any more children.
Of course, Jessa claims the “memory of the intensity and pain” was forgotten. She describes loving being a mother, and she became passionate about giving Spurgeon a sibling to play with. She soon became pregnant with Henry, who was born in 2017.
Jessa describes relying on Bible verses during times of struggle. For her second birth, Jessa used a midwife again and labored at home. She described experiencing hard contractions in her lower back before giving birth on the couch after pushing for about an hour.
Jessa describes having no complications after Henry’s birth, and she decided to have a third child. In the video, Jessa discusses loving home births but also wanting to try something different. Ben and Jessa planned to have Ivy Jane at the hospital with a nurse-midwife. The nurse-midwife was out of town when Jessa went into labor, so she opted to give birth at home. Her family was also out of town and had to travel back from a wedding to be with her for the birth.
Jessa describes her plans for the future as well. She claims that she and Ben are interested in adding a fourth child to the family. In her video’s description, Jessa writes that she has “nothing against hospitals or epidurals.” She also says that in the future she would consider a hospital birth with an epidural for the pain.
So, while Jessa may have proclaimed at one time that she was done having children, it is clear that they are still open to the possibility.