New mum Jessa Duggar Seewald has spoken for the first time about the difficult home birth that saw her rushed to hospital last week.
Her baby boy was born on November 5 and both mum and baby are now doing well. But the 23-year-old struggled through a tough two-day labour before being taken to hospital due to blood loss shortly after the birth.
Jessa's mother Michelle called 911, but after a blood transfusion Jessa made a swift recovery.
Jessa and her husband Ben, 20, recently spoke to People for the first time since the traumatic birth. "Labour is hard...It was very intense, very long. Everything was different than I expected," she said.
She said that after 10 hours of contractions she nearly gave up her plan to have a natural home birth.
"I said, 'That's it! I'm done! I am going to the hospital and I'm going to get an epidural...They asked me if I really wanted to do that and I said, 'No, I don't, but I do.' I wanted to try natural if at all possible," she explained.
"I had dreamed about those first moments, getting to breastfeed right away, all that. And so when I had to go to the hospital, it was a shock," Jessa continued.
WATCH Jessa and husband Ben's pregnancy announcement below. Post continues after video...
Ben said it was hard to see his wife in pain. "I was trying to keep it positive ... there were a few times, she was like, 'I can't do this,' " he said.
We're glad the pair are back at home and healthy now - and we can't wait to hear the baby's name once it's finally announced.
What do you think about the Duggars' home birth policy?
TAP on the image below and scroll through the gallery to see more photos of the Duggar family...
Mamamia is funding 100 girls in school, every day.
So just by spending time with Mamamia, you’re helping educate girls, which is the best tool to lift them out of poverty.
Thanks for helping!