Jinger Duggar Heads to the Hospital to Give Birth to First Baby: 'You Don't Know What to Expect'
Jinger and Jeremy welcomed baby Felicity on July 19 after an induced labor
Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo is ready to meet her new baby girl.
In a sneak peek from this week’s episode of Counting On, Jinger, 24, heads to the hospital in order to induce labor.
“The doctor recommended I come into the hospital and start the induction process,” she says.
Jinger says she didn’t want to wait another minute to become a first-time mom.
“I was so excited,” she says. “You carry this baby for nine months and then when they tell you, ‘You can go to the hospital, it’s time’ the reality hits you. You’re just so excited, also a little nervous because you don’t know what to expect.”
And while Jinger is more than ready, her husband Jeremy Vuolo admits he had some pre-baby nerves.
“I’m not nervous or anxious for her, I know she’s strong and she’ll be fantastic,” he says. “If anything, I’m anxious for myself. I hope I can handle it and be the strength I need to be for her.”
At 4:37 a.m. on July 19, Jinger and Jeremy welcomed daughter Felicity. She weighed 8 lbs. and 3 oz. and was 19.5 inches long.
In July, Counting On viewers watched as the couple entered parenthood; the special delivery episode aired nearly a month after she gave birth.
Ahead of Felicity’s arrival, Jinger and Jeremy assessed all of her childbirth options.
Although Jinger’s mother and some of her sisters had home births — “My mom and sisters have had long labors,” she said — she admitted on Counting On that she didn’t “feel comfortable” with going that route for her daughter’s delivery.
“My mom and quite a few of my sisters have done home births and for me, I don’t feel comfortable with it. I think I feel safer being in a birth center where they have a lot more things that you would need for care and also being closer to a really good hospital,” Jinger explained.
Instead, the couple chose a birthing center, which initially meant that Jinger would not be administered any medications during the labor.
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“I’m good with natural childbirth. I mean, at this point I will say that,” she said. “I mean, it’s a good thing to hold me to it because there’s no option of it.”
A day after Jinger was admitted into the hospital on July 17, she started Pitocin, which is a drug that induces labor by causing or strengthening contractions. Over the next few hours, Jinger’s contractions strengthened, but she did not fully dilate. Finally, after 18 hours in labor, Jinger was fully dilated and started pushing.
And since her delivery, Jinger and Jeremy haven’t stopped gushing about their newest addition. “We are so in love with this little doll!” Jinger wrote in August.