Jill Duggar endured 70 hours of labor before finally giving birth to her son Israel earlier this month and, luckily for 19 Kids and Counting fans, TLC was there to capture every grunt, push and contraction to air as a birth special!
The special, which is entitled “Jill’s Special Delivery” will take viewers through Jill’s water breaking, her unsuccessful home birth and her hours of painful labor. (Sounds fun, eh?) The network has released a sneak peek of the two-hour special, which will air on May 5 as part of TLC’s “Mother of All Weeks” Mother’s Day lineup.
In the clip, Jill explains that her water broke in the middle of the night.
“We want to labor at home, so we’ll be on our own for the first while until things pick up and then it will be my mom, and Jana and the midwife team that will show up,” Jill tells the camera.
We?! Um…pretty sure ol’ Derick isn’t going to be pushing any human beings from his loins.
Anyway, the clip skips to 17 hours later, with Jill still laboring at home, but not much happening in terms of progression.
“Contractions kicked in very hard, with not a lot of breaks in between,” Jill said. “I was like, ‘This is very early labor, I know.’ I was thinking that if I have to do this for another 24 hours or 48 hours or whatever, I’m going to need a lot of coaching.”
Jill called her sister Jana and mother Michelle to come over to help. By that point, Jill had been laboring for over 20 hours and still had not had her baby. (Michelle probably could have shot out two babies in that amount of time!)
By 48 hours, Jill looks like a corpse. Of course, the TLC camera crew gets right up in her face to capture all of the agony. Jill and Derick finally decide that Jill should go to the hospital.
“At this point, we felt like it would be a good time while I’m not in an emergency situation to get to the hospital,” Jill said.
As we know, Jill had to have an emergency C-section after 70 hours of labor.
Jill’s sister, Jessa Seewald, will soon get to experience the pains of labor firsthand—she recently announced that she’s due to give birth to her first child in November.
Click here to watch the sneak peek of Jill’s special.