Monday, June 26, 2017, 9:00 PM, A New Baby

Jessa's due date is nigh, so family and friends help the Seewalds prepare for the new baby. Meanwhile, Joy and Austin's house-flipping project continues; and Austin asks Jim Bob an important question. Later, Jessa and Ben welcome a second child.

120 minutes

Ratings: 1.554 M viewers and a .36 rating.  Up a bit from last week.


54 comments:

Carolee said...

We have seen and heard all about this for months now so it's like another Duggar rerun.

Andrea said...

The only episode I've actually been waiting for. I'm dying (LOL) to know how they justify a home birth after a near fatal experience with Spuds. I'm sure it will be no brains Jessa saying: "We really prayed over it and decided we wanted to home birth this time, even after what happened with Spurgeon. We have FAITH the lord will protect us." The truth: The hospitals don't want the Duggar's and camera crew on their premises.

Boo's Mom said...

I think their obsession with home birth has more to do with avoiding legit medical help and having to actually listen to other people. I'm sure the limits on filming and number of people in the L&D room is a factor as well. I wonder if Jill will be attempting a home birth?

Wednesday said...

My thoughts on the home births are that they are always trying to diminish the importance of education and experience. Why pay someone to do something when you can do it for free? Building a house? Kids can do it! Tiling a floor? Teenagers in skirts can do it! Changing the oil in your car? Any boy can do it! Making a sandwich? Anyone can do it! Great Wall of China? We can all do it in flip flops! It's just all so easy! Don't know why the world is making it so hard!

I would like to add that I'm not against home-birth, birthing centers, etc... but I really believe the mother needs to be educated and be prepared for contingencies.

sandi said...

I've always speculated that tlc pays more for a home birth,as it gives them more access to the new mom and baby.Jmo

Sacramento Chic said...

There was a TV show called "Baby Story" if I remember correctly. It dealt with nothing but babies being born. The entire crew was in the delivery room, so it has been done and there should be no real problem. The crew could also stay at a distance and use a close up lens if needed and they'd be 'out of the way' of medical personnel.
I do think it has everything to do with PAYING a real medical professional, an ob/gyn physician, and paying a hospital and a real pediatrician who checks the baby out at birth right on the spot. This family is all about income, money, attention and of course, being modest in their own bedroom during a filmed birth. What a contradiction of terms. They're just cheap. I think TLC would draw the line at actually paying for all of the costs with the girls seeing an actual ob/gyn/pediatrician and hospital bill.

Happy Girl said...

Are there any bloggers out there who can figure out what the important question Austin is going to be asking Jim Bob??

Molly said...

Did anyone notice that when Jessa was putting Spur into Jill's car that she just set the car seat/carrier on the seat, there was no base there that she clicked it onto? He also looked way to big to be in that infant carrier, maybe it was the angle but his head looked like it was over the top.

Meg said...

Did anyone catch Austin's Monty Python reference? When Joy accidently brushed his arm with the notched trowel and he made a comment about it being a "Mere flesh wound". I wouldn't think that they would know about Monty Python, let alone see Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Heart in Florida said...

Perhaps the most boring episode aired to date, IMO. We saw Jessa's wedding AGAIN.

lisa mcgingess said...

I keeping asking this question why do they want a home birth? does anyone know if the duggars have insurance to cover the medical costs? since no one has jobs? I would love to see Jim bods insurance bill for his family most of the older ones cannot be on the policy anylonger. most people jana and John Davids age have full time jobs.

LilBit0318 said...

I had to laugh to myself when Jessa said something about Henry being healthy right after the birth. I don't suppose anything's gone wrong with him yet, thank goodness, but I couldn't help but think, "Wait...How would you know? Nobody there is qualified to tell you that, or do much of anything else, really!"

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Emma said...

These girls literally do birth on a wing and a prayer. You would think after her first scary home birth Jessa would have opted to use a birthing centre in hospital, somewhere with medical help close at hand if needed, and real midwives with degrees in nursing and midwifery and registration. I really think their lack of education and leave eveything to the Lord is dangerous, and someday something will go horribly wrong at one of their home births, I really hope they wise up before that happens, but I think with each sucessful homebirth they will just become more blase about it.

LilBit0318 said...

Molly...OMG! So much yes!!! *LOL* I dunno why it didn't cross my mind when I posted a little earlier, but that's the first thing that crossed my mind when they showed Spurgeon in that car seat! I thought it looked like an infant carrier, which he definitely shouldn't have still been in at over a year old (He should be rear-facing, definitely, but in a rear-facing convertible seat.), and he looked way too big for it. Just another example of the Duggars' disregard for safety! I can pretty much put money on us hearing about one or more of those kids being seriously hurt in some sort of accident one day.

Andrea said...

Emma: "someday something will go horribly wrong at one of their home births." It already did. Jessa being transported to the hospital was a very serious situation the last time. She left her newborn baby to be transported to the hospital for a blood transfusion (which in and of itself carries significant risks), and yet she choose to do it all over again. Newborn babies need their mothers anytime they are separated I would call it a very serious situation. I guess you're just referring to an actual death.

DJ said...

All that planning and prep for the baby shower could have been done earlier. It drives me crazy that they all rush around at the last minute!

Opie said...

Cutie patootie: Israel when he said "Hi Jinger".

Ginger Snap said...

Re: Sacramento Chic's comment about home births due to the cost of medical personnel & a hospital stay. I believe it's definitely more along the lines of Jessa'a comment, about being able to do their missionary work in flip flops, when there were all kinds of bugs, snakes, branches to trip over & rocks to climb. When asked by crew members, as well as the leader from SOS, who was extremely upset about them not having proper footwear, she answered in a blas'e tone; "us Duggar girls can do lots of stuff that others can't." As others have mentioned they play fast & loose with their safety themselves & now their children's saftey.

Beyond Belief said...

DJ, Duggar time means whatever they want it to mean. It doesn't matter if guests have traveled a distance, or changed plans of their own in order to attend a shower, it will be ready when Duggar time says it's ready, even if people have made an effort to get there with a gift & are hungry. Sorry they have to sit & wait for them to be ready. You know, the way all hostesses treat their guests, who arrive with gift in hand..

Mickey2942 said...

Michelle Duggar only had two children at home. The rest were hospital births. So why does she advocate for her daughters to give birth at home?

Susie said...

Dumb and Dummer (Jill and Derick): Get a car seat properly sized for Israel. It should be belted in and rear facing.

Jackie said...

It is VERY dangerous to be putting a child that age in a small "baby carrier" seat. If they were in a car accident, the baby's feet and legs would get most of the impact. I know baby carrier seats that click into the base are more convenient when your baby always falls asleep in the car (like mine) and you want to keep them sleeping, but they aren't safe for older kids. Safety never has been and probably never will be a priority issue for the Duggars. Ignorance is bliss and these folks are blissful.

Martha Washington said...

I have read that some people have home births in part because they are anti-vaccination or they follow an altered vaccine schedule. We already know the Duggars see an unlicensed "physician" and I wonder if they want to stay out of the legitimate medical system to avoid some intervention or treatment they disagree with. There are some who try to stay medically under the radar, so to speak. Somehow it would not surprise me if this family was among them, given their disregard for so many health and safety guidelines.

Gayla said...

I wonder why more people watched this than the wedding. (I don't watch that silly show, so I am just wondering what was on this episode to draw people in.)

Marla Ann said...

The new babies don't get a pediatrician check up upon birth. How would they know if there was a problem, such as a heart defect that needed immediate surgery? I wonder if they get any innoculations? Since they don't go to school, they don't have to come up with medical certificates. They put these new babies at risk. Is it cheapness or faith?

Aunt Bea said...

Marla Ann: I think it's basic cheapness. I also believe that years ago, their parents, JB & M, stayed away from traditional professionals because of the 'Josh thing". They didn't want to risk any one of the girls telling things to someone outside of their religious group. It was their own well- guarded secret and it stayed in their church organization. The girls were unaware that this was the real reason. So, the mindset stayed with them and they don't really see anyone outside of their belief system for anything, do they...except for Queen Michelle who saw Dr. Sarver for herself.

Sneezer said...

Soo incredibly rude of Jill to screech "are you pregnant?!" at Jinger. Not unexpected, but so inappropriate.

Jennifer said...

That was A LONG time ago! You can't even have video cameras on during the births anymore. Some do not even let cameras until after.

Ginger Snap said...

Isn't it nice that the Duggar family thanks Jana publicly for all the work she does for the baby showers, as well as the sewing she has done in the past for the girls bridesmaids dresses. They could at the very lest present her with a floral arrangement, or some gift or token of their appreciation. Instead they thank Seirra. Also isn't it mean & rude how Jim Bob very slowly,looks down at the floor & takes a long drawn time before he answers the girls future fiancée with the same answer every time; "well it's a big step."

Mickey2942 said...

That is their entire mindset, pregnancy. The concept of supporting the brood, is irrelevant. I wish I was there, to see how Josh plans on supporting his 20 kids, and Ben will support his 20 kids, and on and on...poverty, ignorance...

laura said...

Yeah ginger snap. It takes hik a long time to answer because he realizes the harsh reality of less people he gets to rule with his delusional backwards iron fist.

Susie said...

Jim Bob should NEVER be on the air. His actions are a disgrace. Same for his wife, Josh and Anna. Staying in a relationship with a sexual predator is despicable.

New family member said...

Jessa kept saying that Ben's mom was going to be at the birth of the baby. Did anyone see her anywhere, or was it just Grandma Michelle there again as she has been at the birth of each grandchild? Who was the midwife? Never really got a good look at her, & never heard word about a midwife during Jessa's pregnancy. Jill didn't seem to be using any of her midwife skills. Also someone needed to suction out Henry's nose & mouth when he was born. You could her the mucus, but they just kept passing him around to be admired..

Crazy Bunch said...

Re:Sneezer's comment about Jill asking Jinger if she was pregnant. Jill has never been know for her tact, politeness or good manners. She's very much like her dad. Remember the humping on the mini golf course, or telling Jill & Derrick they could use the phone beside their bed to call him & let him know if they thought they had conceived. I'd really like to know how many women have dad's that would say something like that.

Crazy Bunch said...

Re: Boo's Mom comment about Jill trying another home birth. She has already said she doesn't feel there are any real problems with a V-Back (vaginal birth after a C-section) so I think that's her answer. Jill always does what Jill wants to do. I have often wondered about the supposedly long labor with Israel, & the last minute need for the C-section. How much of what was said is actually true, since we know these people lie? Something doesn't seem right that Jill was the one that ended up in a nice clean hospital with plenty of pain meds, nurses & Dr.'s waiting on her. Since it was a C-section, she got to spend more than an hour recuperating from the baby's birth. The other girls, who have had home births need to be ready for the entire family to visit within an hour of the baby's birth.

Aimee said...

I felt so sorry for Ben. I know he is immature and annoying at times but the man looked terrified during all of the pre-Baby interviews. He kept saying things like "I am glad we live so close to the hospital..." and "If we need to we can go to the hospital..." It seems like if he was really in charge of his family, he would have had Jessa deliver at a hospital. And he continued to look terrified even after Henry was born saying that was when everything when so badly after Spurgeon. It was crazy to me that he was the only one with any common sense. --- Also, Jill thinking that just because Jessa's second birth was "perfect" means her second will be too. Oh Jilly Muffin...always competing with everyone.

Aunt Bea said...

If Ben was worried about how Jessa's delivery would go, he should have exerted his headship 'right' and just told Jessa to deliver in a hospital just in case. He did not. We all know that Jessa has Ben's testicles in a pickle jar on her nightstand. Sorry to be so blunt, but it's obvious to me who uses emotional blackmail in that family: Jessa. Ben needs to grow up or get out and retain some of his dignity.

Wheez said...

Aunt Bea: pickle jar...hahahaaaaa too funny

Vilente said...

I read that Ben is in charge of changing all the diapers so how could he get a job with that duty put upon him.

Heart in Florida said...

Since Jessa isn't allowed to have a real job outside the house, why is her house dusty, messy and just plain dirty? Ben obviously is the cook in the family, and changes diapers now, too? What the heck does Jessa do all day except hang out at her parent's house?

Just Annoyed said...

Re: Ginger Snaps comment about Jim Bob's long drawn out answer to the important question Austin was asking him. That is way beyond a joke at this point in time. He has done that to each & everyone of those young men, who are simply asking to become engaged to his daughter. He really wants to make himself king of his castle. That must be the reason the ratings were up. People just can't wait to hear Jim Bob's answer the question. You have to feel bad for the young men who are not quite sure if he will tell them it's too soon & they should wait a bit before becoming engaged. I thought Austin was extremely nervous asking Jim Bob for his blessing. It's not fair, right or even a good Christian to be so mean to a nervous young man who gets up the courage to ask the important question. It's just plain mean. Jim Bob thinks he's some type of movie star drawing out the all important answer to Austin's question

Aunt Bea said...

Just Annoyed: The truly sad part about Jim Bob's permission to get engaged or not is that it isn't needed. Joy is over 18 years old and Austin is 23 years old. Neither one of them legally needs anyone's permission to get engaged. In their world, they live with invisible, self imposed bars around them.

Aunt Bea said...

Did anyone notice when Ben was holding newborn Henry in the towel, he turned and looked back at Jessa, who was waiting for the placenta to be delivered? He looked genuinely nauseated and disgusted to me. I don't think he's in to childbirth at all, really. I know he's still a kid, but the camera caught the look.

Heather D said...

For people who value modesty, the personal things we have to hear about Jessa's childbirth is shocking. Of course Ben, who is thrust into the middle of watching childbirth, with all it's fluids and blood, watching a huge head emerge from Jessa's lady part must be traumatizing. His lack of contact with the outside world, no job or real education, keeps him in a weird twilight zone of around 18 years old and not getting any older mentally. He's stuck as a househusband, cooking and changing diapers (let's hope he know enough to wash his hands) while Jessa sits around applying makeup, taking selfies and nursing the baby. The guy is so "whipped".

Just annoyed said...

You're right Aunt Bea about a couple that age not needing permission to become engaged, however that is in most families. This is the Duggars & we know Jim Bob has always made the rules & the kids have always abided by them. Therefore they must have permission or else they are committing some sin that Jim Bob will inform them of. He has all of them petrified of what will happen to them if they don't follow his or Gothard's rules. You can see it all the time, by the way they follow the rules of no frontal hugging, no handholding, all their conversations listened to by their parents. They all live in fear of not obeying what Jim Bob says they must. John David is afraid to move into his own home because his dad has said "no way until you're married." I guess he doesn't know what power his father could wield. None of them actually realize that they are in fact adults & can do what they want & they will not be headed for hell.

smokey said...

Jim bob's answer is so rehearsed. There is no way in hell he doesn't know what these guys are asking. Of course they want to marry his daughters. He has to keep the gravy train going. He probably arranged. All the marriages and to pretend to not know what they are going to ask is pure bs

Dusty said...

The guys who want to marry the Duggar girls are looking for a free ride, no need to work and instant celebrity. Look at all of them so far. Even Joy is on a free trip around the world with her new husband. He would not have had that expensive honeymoon if he didn't marry a TLC sponsored Duggar girl. He'd be having a normal honeymoon down on a Gulf beach for a week. Of course, Joy can't go to the beach with all the Gothard rules and regulations about swimwear.
Probably in on year, he'll be forced to watch her give birth at home which means money from TLC>

laura said...

Free honeymoon 1 month. Being married to a duggar is forever. That is not a deal to me.

roddma said...

It seems an oxymoron to say he is whipped when we know how most women in their circles abide by strict gender roles and male dominance. I don't see him 'whipped', but taking part in what most Quiverfull men won't do. . Im glad he at least changes diapers unlike Jim Bob.If Jessa was being quite and non-assertive, she would be oppressed Believe me I would rather see her a little 'bossy'.

Sabrina W said...

rddma Benboy should be going to work every day to support his family not taking over diaper changing. Yes, Jessa is bossy but he's gotta man up.

roddma said...

I'm glad Jessa isn't a quite little mouse speaking in baby talk like certain other women. I still stand by how I like her assertiveness, when she keeps it at home and not go rearranging someone else's furniture and removing their books. I draw the line there. Maybe he feels changing diapers doesn't make him less manly and I couldn't imagine him saying"I'm babysitting".

She could have worked the last couple of years herself, but I guess not in their world. She said Ben went back to work here lately whatever that means.Some articles point to Ben having a disagreement with jim Bob over beliefs. I say Go Jessa.

Gertrude said...

Ben going back to work probably means is that he's back to doing odd jobs for Jimbob. Since he and Jessa are living in grandma's house, they are dependent on Jimbob and must do as he says.

Heart in Florida said...

When you get to be a stay at home mother, diaper changing is YOUR job 99.9% of the time, sweetie. Ben needs to get a big boy job in return.