Jill Duggar (oops Jill Dillard ... we will get there) is one decisive young woman. She dropped baby bombshell news just two months after saying "I do" to Derick Dillard (where they shared their first kiss in front of an intimate crowd of 1,000 people). Now she's telling us how she will deliver her first born: Jill Duggar is planning a home birth.
If you've watched 19 Kids & Counting, you probably know there's no 23-year-old more qualified to make such an important decision so quickly. Girlfriend is a trained midwife who has delivered more than 70 babies already in the US and abroad. And let's not forget she's one of the oldest of 19 siblings in Duggarland. Unlike many first-time moms, she knows what to expect now that she's expecting.
Still, even with her experience and non-squeamishness about anything birth-related (bet she was more nervous about the sex that got her preggers ... just sayin'), it seems surreal that Jill Duggar is now Jill Dillard and she's having a baby at home. Sigh. How do we keep up? Do you think she should at least consider another setting for her first birth?
Moms, we know how hard it is to make that decision. You meet several OB/GYNs and decide on the perfect one (knowing you will never be lucky enough for her to actually deliver your baby). Then you consider the midwife route. You look around your living room and wonder where you could possibly deliver. You take the tours of the hospitals, chat with the labor and delivery nurses, maybe even check out the room service menu. (Giving birth makes a girl hungry, no?) Your partner tries to be supportive through the whole decision-making process even though, deep down, the emotional anguish of you pushing his kid out of your vagina sometime soon makes him want to scream.
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All doctors and nurses don't necessarily give birth in hospitals. All celeb moms don't always have zen-like home births and regain their size-0 figures post-delivery. And all midwives don't necessarily go that route. Many moms-to-be delay decision-making until they see how their pregnancies progress ... to make the most educated choice for them and their baby.
So who knows what will happen with Jill. Maybe she'll stick to the plan, maybe she'll decide to go to the hospital or a birthing center. There's no shame in doing what is best for her ... or for any mom!
Did you know from the get-go what kind of birth you would have? How did it change during your pregnancy?
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