'Counting On' Star Jessa Duggar's Labor Doesn't Go As Planned, Gives Birth on Family Couch


After welcoming their third child, “Counting On” star Jessa Duggar and husband Ben Seewald shared the exciting details surrounding their daughter’s birth.

The couple welcomed Ivy Jane Seewald on May 26, about ten days before her June 5 due date.

Ivy’s early arrival meant a quick change of plans for Jessa and Ben, who had been planning to give birth at a hospital with a midwife attending.

“Our birth plan through this whole pregnancy was that we would deliver at a birthing suite at the hospital with a midwife there,” Jessa, 26, said in a TLC video.

“However, the morning that my water broke was the morning that my midwife had left town for a week.”

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So the couple went to their backup plan, opting instead for a home birth with a different midwife. Jessa’s sister Jill Duggar came over to assist with the birth as well.

Since Jessa’s two previous pregnancies had gone past her due date, the couple figured that their daughter’s birth would follow a similar schedule.

But little Ivy had plans of her own, making her appearance on her terms.

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“We were getting ready for church when my water broke, and we were thinking ‘Well, I guess we have a change of plans!'” Jessa Duggar wrote on her family’s personal blog.

“Her due date was June 5th, and since both of our boys went five days past their due date, we thought we would go late again. We were so surprised when she came two weeks earlier than her brothers,” Duggar explained.

Under the guidance of her midwife, Duggar delivered Ivy on the family couch after about three-and-a-half hours of hard labor.

“We’re so grateful to God for this precious gift,” Duggar wrote on her blog.

Seewald explained that they chose the middle name Jane based off of Lady Jane Grey, who briefly held the title of Queen of England in the 1500’s.

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“She was a very inspirational character to us,” Seewald said.

As for the first name Ivy, the couple simply liked the way it sounded when paired with the baby’s middle and last name.

The Seewald household is enjoying the explosion of pink and lace that has come with welcoming their first girl.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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