Why I'm Glad Jill Dillard Had a Hospital Birth

April 9, 2015 8:49 PM

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On Monday, Jill Dillard of 19 Kids and Counting gave birth to her first child, a healthy, 9lb 10oz baby boy named Israel David Dillard. In the photo they released to the public, Jill and her husband Derick look classically exhausted and happy and in love, and baby Israel looks chubby and adorable. But there's one thing that stuck out at me right away about that picture. It was taken in a hospital.

If you follow 19 Kids and Counting, you probably know that Jill has been training to be a midwife since 2012. She's helped to deliver lots of babies born at home, and was planning on a home birth for herself as well. For whatever reason, it didn't happen. And I'm kind of glad it didn't.

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