Jill and Derick Dillard: How the Duggar Family Is Pitching In with Baby Israel David
After a 70-hour delivery and surprise C-section, Jill and Derick Dillard open up about their firstborn’s arrival. Subscribe now for Jill and Derick’s exclusive interview – and to see photos of their son Israel David – only in PEOPLE!
They say it takes a village to raise a child – luckily, the expansive Duggar family is a village all on its own.
“We are so blessed to have such a great family and such great support here at the hospital with the doctors and the nursing staff,” Jill, 23, tells PEOPLE. “My sisters and my mom and Derick‘s mom have all been in to help!”
The 19 Kids and Counting star adds that the entire Duggar clan has yet to meet Israel, but “everyone is over the moon and so excited about him being born.”
When Derick, 26, had to cut away from dad duty for an orthodontist appointment – where he had braces put on, by the way – patriarch Jim Bob, 49, gave him a lift and Michelle, 48, stopped by to care for Jill and Israel both. Michelle and Derick have been “tag-teaming” to take care of Jill.
Even Joy Anna, 17, pitched in with some sisterly bonding time – she spent a night at the hospital and braided Jill’s hair. After all, Joy Anna is part of the three-person "buddy team" enlisted by Jill and Derick to make Israel feel welcome in the Duggar clan. (James, 13, and Jennifer, 7, are also part of the buddy team.)
Though Derick is relatively new at being around children, he is already “doing amazing at being a dad,” Jill previously told PEOPLE.
19 Kids and Counting airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on TLC.
• Reporting by ALICIA C. DENNIS
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