Jessa Duggar shares the story of her accidental home birth
Having a baby doesn't always go according to plan.
You can write up a birth plan and pack your hospital bags well in advance, but here’s the truth: Having a baby doesn’t always go according to plan. You can anticipate a vaginal delivery and wind up having a C-section, go into labor before you’ve completed your nursery, find yourself very pregnant days after your due date has passed…or, in rarer cases, you could end up having your baby before you’ve made it to the hospital or birthing center where you’d planned to deliver.
Take Jessa Duggar Seewald, for example. The Counting On star recently gave birth to her third child , a little girl named Ivy Jane Seewald. But while the TV personality didn’t plan on having a home birth, that became her reality when she went into labor ahead of her due date.
“My water broke right here in the kitchen,” Jessa explains in a video from TLC . “Our birth plan through this whole pregnancy was that we would deliver at a birthing suite at the hospital with a midwife there. However, the morning that my water broke was the morning that my midwife had left town for a week.”
Jessa and her husband, Ben, go on to explain that she was about 10 days ahead of her due date and wasn’t expecting to have the baby early at this point. When Jessa and Ben realized they’d inevitably deliver before they could proceed with their plan, they decided to call another midwife in and go for a home birth. At that point, Jessa opted to speed up her labor with the help of a castor oil smoothie (note: You should chat with a medical professional before trying this at home) and some light exercise.
The video follows the mother of three through much of her labor and, eventually, the birth of her baby girl… which happened right there on the Seewald’s couch. Don’t worry: The sofa was covered with pads before the big moment!
Home births are totally an option for some moms
Unfortunately, Jessa encountered something pretty scary after she delivered: Her bleeding wouldn’t stop, which prompted the family to call 911. Luckily, all appears to be well with both the mama and her sweet daughter now.
Jessa’s home birth wasn’t like most home births, which can be a totally viable option in specific situations.
“Home births are a wonderful option for women with low-risk pregnancies, who want to have low intervention births in the comfort of their own home,” says Diana Spalding, Digital Education Editor for Motherly, who is also a pediatric nurse and midwife. ” ACOG [the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists] states that while they believe hospitals and in-hospital birthing centers to be the safest place to have a baby, women should be supported when they choose home birth in the presence of [a qualified midwife]. If you are considering a home birth, a bit of research is involved. Reach out to local home birth midwives to have in-depth conversations about your specific scenario. And don’t forget to contact your insurance company—it’s not always covered.”
As wild as her birth experience was, Jessa isn’t the only celeb mom to have had a home birth—she follows in the footsteps of fellow mamas like Hilary Duff. It just goes to show that delivering a baby looks different for each mama, but whether it goes according to plan or not, it’s all pretty beautiful.