Jessa Duggar Gives Birth on the Family Couch in Dramatic Video Before Being Rushed to Hospital
Jessa Duggar and husband Ben Seewald welcomed their third child, Ivy Jane, on May 26
Baby Ivy Jane‘s birth didn’t go quite as planned.
“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 video released by TLC on Wednesday. “However, the morning that my water broke was the morning that my midwife had left town for a week.”
Jessa’s water broke on the morning of May 26, about 10 days before her due date.
“I was not expecting to go early,” the Counting On star said, adding that if anything, she expected to deliver late. “We thought we had two weeks left.”
The couple’s backup plan was to call a different midwife and deliver little Ivy at home instead — which is exactly what Jessa did, right on the family couch! The midwives placed what looked like a puppy pee pad on the couch to protect it.
But before the delivery, Jessa had to get her contractions going, which she tried to spur on with a castor oil smoothie and walking up and down stairs.
After giving birth, Jessa was taken to the hospital because she hadn’t stopped bleeding. There, she was given some medication and was doing well eventually.
Once she was settled at the hospital, Jessa and Ben introduced new big brothers Spurgeon and Henry to their new little sister, and other family members arrived to meet Ivy.
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Ben revealed the inspiration behind Ivy’s name, saying that a historical figure played into their decision.
“Ivy Jane, we just liked those two names. Jessa and I talked about it beforehand this time around and we actually had a name picked out before she was born,” he said in another video. “We liked the way those names flowed together.”
“And with her middle name, Jane, she’s actually named after Lady Jane Grey, who was a young lady who was Queen of England for a short time during the 1500s. She was a very inspirational character to us,” the father of three added.
Jessa said that she loves having another girl in the house, adding, “Bows, pink, ruffles, lace. Those are some of the things that are just really exciting about having a girl.”