Joy-Anna Duggar gave birth to her first child at the age of 20 last month — and, as she revealed last week, things didn’t go as smoothly as she’d hoped.
In a TLC webisode of the series Counting On that premiered last week, Joy shared how she was rushed to the hospital to deliver her son Gideon after it was discovered that he was in breech.
Now, fans of the show will be able to watch the whole saga unfold on tonight’s episode of Counting On.
Emergency: Joy-Anna Duggar was rushed to the hospital for a C-section for the birth of her first child
Tonight: The drama unfolds in tonight’s episode of TLC’s Counting On
Home birth: In a preview clip, Joy is seen breathing heavily and moaning while her husband calms her
Tough: She had planned to have a home birth, a popular route for her family
Joy-Anna had planned a home birth for her son, and was indeed in labor at home for 20 hours before it was discovered that the baby was in breech. When a baby is in breech, it’s positioned with its feet down — with makes vaginal labor impossible.
The 20-year-old needed to be rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section, which was captured for the latest episode of the reality show.
In a preview clip teasing what’s to come, matriarch Michelle Duggar is seen in a car speaking to the camera.
‘We are on our way to go see Joy and Austin. Joy’s in labor and they’re progressing,’ she says.
Joy is seen during her long labor, breathing heavily, turning red, and moaning.
The scene then cuts to patriarch Jim Bob, who is at the family home with the rest of the children. He gets a text, presumably from Michelle, telling him that they are en route to the hospital and she can’t talk.
Doting: Her mother drove over in the middle of the night when she first went into labor
Uh-oh: After 20 hours of labor, the midwife discovered that the baby was in breech and Joy was rushed to the hospital much to her father’s concern
Scared: The 20-year-old’s worried family can be seen receiving the news
Big: The Duggar home is less crowded these days, as six of the adult children have married and moved out
Finally, a clip from the hospital plays. Joy-Anna is being wheeled into surgery, and she tells the camera: ‘Love you guys. Thank you for your prayers.’
In two ten-minute web clips leading up to the labor, Joy-Anna explained what her birthing plan was while still pregnant.
‘If we need to go and get checked out at the hospital, were just gonna go to the closest one, which is 25-30 minutes away,’ she told Austin’s in the clip.
‘I decided to have a home birth just ’cause I’d know that it’s more comfortable being at home. I really wanted to just try it,’ she added to the camera, admitting she was still quite nervous.
More clips showed her in labor, moaning in pain while her new husband rocked her and held a cold compress to her head.
She’d gone into labor at 4am, but it wasn’t until midnight the following day that the midwife determined that Gideon was in breech. The baby was finally born 24 hours after she went into labor.
Pride and joy: They shared pictures of their new baby on Instagram days after the birth
‘We are so blessed by the arrival of our son, Gideon Martyn Forsyth! He was born on 02/23/18 @ 3:39pm, weighing 10lbs. 3oz. and was 22 inches long!’ they wrote
Look! They wasted no time putting the baby on social media
Hello world: The Counting On star gave birth to son Gideon in February
Joy-Anna wasn’t the first Duggar girl to unexpectedly end up in the hospital. Her older sister Jessa was also rushed there after giving birth to her first son, when she began bleeding heavily following delivery.
Despite the drama, all seemed to turn out well for Jessa — and for Joy-Anna, too, who debuted photos of her son Gideon on Instagram a few days later.
‘We are so blessed by the arrival of our son, Gideon Martyn Forsyth! He was born on 02/23/18 @ 3:39pm, weighing 10lbs. 3oz. and was 22 inches long!’ the caption read.
‘We are blessed beyond measure with the arrival of our son, Gideon Martyn Forsyth. Looking at our child for the first time was such an incredible moment! God is so good, and we are so thankful,’ the couple told People.
It is likely that Joy-Anna may have gotten pregnant on her wedding night, which was 36 weeks and five days before Gideon was born. A full term pregnancy is 40 weeks.
RadarOnline claimed last year that she was pregnant before she was married, breaking the courtship principles the family holds so dear.
Young newlyweds: Joy-Anna and Austin wed at Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas, in May after a three-month engagement
Surprise: In August they revealed that they were expecting their first child together
Abstinence: Joy-Anna and Austin were both raised in strict Christian homes, and the two were expected to wait until their wedding day for their first kiss
Quick: Joy gave birth 36 weeks and five days after her wedding. A full term is 40 weeks
Eyebrows were also raised when Joy-Anna moved up her wedding date by several months. It was speculated she had to get married quickly before she started showing.
Joy-Anna, 20, and Austin, 24, wed in May 2017 at Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas. They announced their pregnancy in August.
‘We’re so happy and thankful to announce that we’re expecting a baby!’ Joy-Anna told People at the time. ‘Every child is such a precious gift from God.’
The Counting On star added: ‘I’m most looking forward to watching Austin as a dad and raising children together with him.’
The Duggar family also shared the exciting news on their website, writing: ‘We are so blessed to share that Joy and Austin are expecting!
‘We know they will be such wonderful parents! We can’t wait to meet this little one!’
Joy-Anna met Austin when he moved to Arkansas and started attending the same church as her family. Like his wife, Austin was raised in a strict Christian home, and the two were expected to abstain from sex before marriage and wait until their wedding day for their first kiss.