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Friday, December 11, 2009

The 19th Duggar

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar welcomed their 19th child today. She's Josie Brooklyn, according to a Twitter from Jon Woods. The baby was delivered more than three months early at UAMS by emergency C-section because of Mama Duggar's health complications.

Today's THV provides news release from TLC, the cable channel where a reality show about the Duggars airs and ABC reports further on the newborn:

According to a press release, Michelle had been at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recovering from a gallstone. She was taken in for an emergency C-section.

Josie Brooklyn was born at 6:27 p.m. and weighed 1 lb., 6 oz. Josie is stable and the NICU for extended care and Michelle is "resting comfortably."

The press release said, "The most important thing right now is for Mom and baby Josie to get as much rest as possible. The family is grateful for all the prayers and well wishes during their recovery."

Michelle, 42, was due on March 18, 2010.

When she announced her pregnancy, she said, "Right now, I'm feeling sick and tired, which means things are happening! I keep that perspective to get me past that three-month mark. I'm just thankful. I don't take this experience for granted, ever. I cherish that I have the time and ability to play with my children and be active for them."

The Duggars live in Tontitown, Ark. They are featured with their family on TLC's "18 Kids and Counting." 


People magazine reported Monday that Duggar had been airlifted to a hospital in Little Rock because her gallbladder problems were causing contractions.

Only 6 percent of babies are born so early. Most preemies make it the 33rd week of pregnancy and while most premature babies are at risk for health problems, risk for complications increases the earlier a baby is born, according to the March of Dimes.

Their organs are less developed in babies before 32 weeks gestation, but advances in obstetrics and neonatology have improved the chances of survival for babies as small as Josie Brooklyn.

Josie Brooklyn was born at 25 weeks and, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in June, babies born at 25 weeks who receive aggressive treatment through intensive care have an 82 percent chance of survival.

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