She arrived earlier than expected, but the 19th Duggar baby is here!
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar welcomed daughter Josie Brooklyn, weighing 1 lb., 6 oz., at 6:27 p.m. Thursday, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas.
Michelle, who has been in the hospital recovering from a gallstone, was taken to the OR for an emergency C-section. She is resting comfortably and the baby is stable and in the NICU for extended care, a rep for the network tells PEOPLE exclusively.
“The most important thing right now is for mom and baby Josie to get as much rest as possible,” reads the statement to PEOPLE. “The family is grateful for all the prayers and well wishes during their recovery.”
I mentioned before that I’m not a Duggar fan. While they may be wonderful people, very moral, and have countless other good qualities, I do find their choice regarding number of children to be irresponsible (and this is from someone with four kids of her own). However, I would never wish for anyone to have a micro-preemie, which is, of course, what baby Josie is. I know several people who have been in this situation, and their children survived, they were not completely unscathed, and the Duggar family has a long road ahead of them.
Another article here says that it was not due the gallbladder problems that were previously reported, but because of preeclampsia that she was born early. I’m somewhat astonished to hear this, since my understanding is that if your first pregnancy (or pregnancies, in this case) were healthy, it’s extremely unusual that you will develop it in subsequent ones.
Anyway, I do hope that the baby will be all right.