Michelle Duggar’s 19th baby was born prematurely at 1 lb., 6 oz., because Michelle suffered a rare condition during pregnancy that causes high blood pressure, her doctor says.
The condition, preeclampsia, which affects 5 to 8 percent of pregnancies, was discovered when Michelle was admitted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to evaluate pain related to a gall bladder problem, says Dr. Paul Wendel, director of the hospital’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
“The obstetrical and neonatal teams reached the collaborative decision [Thursday] that Mrs. Duggar needed an emergency C-section to ensure the blood pressure problem would not be detrimental to her or the baby,” says Wendel.
Daughter Josie Brooklyn was born at 6:27 p.m. Thursday and is in stable condition in the hospital s neonatal intensive care unit.
“Michelle is recovering well from surgery,” Wendel says.
• Reporting by KATE COYNE