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RealityFreakWill:
Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19th child born over three months early via emergency c-section. Details as to why are not given yet but will follow up....

IT'S A GIRL!

Josie Brooklyn Duggar

Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 6:27pm

1 lb. 6 oz.

RealityFreakWill:
Duggar Baby Born Prematurely Due to Pregnancy Complication

Michelle Duggar's 19th baby was born prematurely at 1 lb., 6 oz., because Michelle suffered a rare condition during pregnancy that causes high blood pressure, her doctor says.

The condition, preeclampsia, which affects 5 to 8 percent of pregnancies, was discovered when Michelle was admitted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to evaluate pain related to a gall bladder problem, says Dr. Paul Wendel, director of the hospital's Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

"The obstetrical and neonatal teams reached the collaborative decision [Thursday] that Mrs. Duggar needed an emergency C-section to ensure the blood pressure problem would not be detrimental to her or the baby," says Wendel.

Daughter Josie Brooklyn was born at 6:27 p.m. Thursday and is in stable condition in the hospitalís neonatal intensive care unit.

"Michelle is recovering well from surgery," Wendel says.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20326804,00.html

RealityFreakWill:
EXCLUSIVE: Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Reveal Baby Josie



It's 19 kids ... and counting their blessings.

Seven weeks after baby Josie's surprise early arrival, her relieved parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are talking to PEOPLE about the tiny micropreemie, who is taking breast milk through a tube and weighs 2 lbs. 3 oz.

Born at 25 weeks to Jim Bob and Michelle, of the hit TLC reality series changing its name this week to 19 Kids and Counting, little Josie Brooklyn was a mere 1 lb. 6 oz. when she arrived Dec. 10, after Michelle was diagnosed with preeclampsia.

"Years ago, a baby this small wouldn't have lived an hour," says Jim Bob, 44. "We are so grateful for the ability to help her."

He and Michelle, 43, have moved 17 of their other kids (their oldest Josh, 21, and his wife, Anna, 21, have a baby girl and live on their own) to Little Rock, Ark. from their home in Tontitown, Ark., to be closer to Josie, who remains in intensive care at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

"It's a miracle she's doing so well," says Jim Bob. Agrees Michelle: "It is incredible what the doctors and nurses can do to save the life of this little person."

It has been an up and down saga of survival for tiny Josie. "Doctors tell us, 'never trust a preemie,' because you can't know what is going to happen," says Jim Bob. "It is a very day-to-day thing. It is the hardest thing we've ever been through."

Josie's difficult birth has brought the family closer together, say Jim Bob and Michelle, and they continue to be grateful for every moment they have with their new daughter.

"We don't know if there is going to be another big hill to go up," she says. "We are grateful for the wonderful days when she has been good. We know at any moment, things could change."

Josie's arrival will be showcased in 19 Kids and Counting: Special Duggar Delivery, airing Jan. 31 on TLC, and a new season of their show will debut in February.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20339922,00.html

RealityFreakWill:
Baby Josie goes home again and hopefully, this time for good!

Link:

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20391132,00.html

RealityFreakWill:
Second Grandchild Due June 2011

Another Duggar Baby is on the way

Link:

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20441165,00.html

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