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19 Kids & Counting: The Duggars Are Ready For Baby # 20

August 11, 2010 10:00 AM by Nancy Floyd


Despite the recent medical scare with their 19th child, the Duggar family says they’re ready to add to their brood once again. Jim Bob and Josie Duggar, stars of 19 Kids And Counting, aren’t currently pregnant but they’re open to welcoming a 20th child into their home. Keep reading for more details on the risks involved with another pregnancy and why the Duggars are so determined to keep having more children…

After their 19th child was born prematurely and suffered from major health issues, many assumed that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar would finally put an end to their babymaking business. The stars of 19 Kids And Counting recently brought home their 19th baby, Josie Brooklyn Duggar, after she spent six months in neonatal intensive care. Born prematurely at only 25 gestational weeks, Josie suffered from a bowel perforation days after her birth and struggled to gain weight. Despite the health scare, Jim Bob and Michelle are open to having more children.

Now that their giant family is together again, the Duggars say they’re open to expanding it once again with the addition of a 20th child. ”Our family is stronger than ever,” Jim Bob Duggar tells People magazine. “We made it through the storm.”

Although they made it through the storm, the recent addition of Josie Brooklyn certainly came with its share of obstacles and difficulties. Michelle Duggar says Josie’s first few days at home, after spending six months in the hospital, were terrifying. ”When she first came home, I couldn’t sleep at all,” Michelle Duggar says. “That was the scariest part for me, having the full responsibility of her care on my shoulders … It was intimidating.”

Another pregnancy could prove to be a major health risk for Michelle. If her preeclampsia returns, she could suffer from a stroke or even death. The Duggars have certainly become the target of criticism and controversy for their strong beliefs about family, but they don’t seem to care. ”People think we are overpopulating the world,” says Jim Bob Duggar. “We are following our convictions.”

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2 Responses to “19 Kids & Counting: The Duggars Are Ready For Baby # 20”

  1. lexi Says:
    August 13th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I am worried about you, women die in childbirth. I have cousins who have narrow hips, and one of them almost died having a second child.

    Her blood pressure was under 60 for the top number, and the husband was running around telling the nurses and doctors it was nothing.

    We found out after the fact, surgeons in the family had sat the husband down and explained the genetic issues with the hips.

    Be careful,

  2. Hailey Says:
    November 12th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Hahaha I’m surprised that the kids haven’t started doing each other!


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