Joy-Anna Duggar’s Sister Jill Was There During Difficult Labor — All About Her Midwifery Training

Before being rushed to a sanatorium for an emergency C-section after finding her baby was breech, Joy-Anna Duggar was in labor for 20 hours during home — and her comparison sister Jill, who has lerned in midwifery, was right by her side.

On Monday, TLC aired a one-hour Counting On special chronicling Joy-Anna’s tour to apropos a first-time mom. The 20-year-old welcomed her initial child with father Austin Forsyth on Feb. 23: a healthy baby boy named Gideon Martyn Forsyth.

Joy-Anna, who was creatively set on a home birth, was assimilated by a handful of family members when she went into labor. In further to Jill, 26, her mom Michelle and mother-in-law Roxanne were also on hand.

Though it’s misleading to what border Jill was there in an central midwife capacity, she was featured checking on a baby’s heart rate and Joy-Anna’s vitals in a special. Here’s a demeanour behind during her midwifery training.

Jill [Duggar] Dillard (far left) and Joy-Anna Duggar (center)

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Joy-Anna [Duggar] Forsyth and Austin Forsyth

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Jill [Duggar] Dillard

Jill, who shares dual children of her possess with father Derick Dillard, chronicled her midwifery training on a family’s since-canceled TLC show, 19 Kids and Counting. A 2013 shave from a array reported that Jill had spent a final dual years training as a midwife, entertainment over 3,000 hours underneath her belt.

“This is hands-on tutelage style,” she said. “So we are unequivocally removing in there and removing to believe what a midwifery and doula roles demeanour like, hands-on.”

In a clip, a midwife Jill was training underneath raved about a TLC star, job her “amazing.”

“From a unequivocally initial time that we had [Jill] in a birth room, she only dripping all up,” she said. “I told her during that indicate that we wasn’t going to let her go — she had to be a midwife!”

Sister Jana, 28, also lerned with Jill, yet she approved her goals were “a small different.”

“I am gaining a skills, though not indispensably wanting to be in assign of a whole situation,” she pronounced during a time. “It kind of scares me a little. we would rather only be on a sidelines!”

Jill went on to assistance broach utterly a few babies in her internal Arkansas. In a 2013 blog post for, she non-stop adult about how she initial got concerned in a profession, divulgence that it started after she attended birth classes with her 14-year-old friend, who was a singular mom.

“Through these classes, we schooled how to manager her during a birth of her child,” she wrote. “Although we had attended dual of my siblings’ births, being means to work as an active partial of my friend’s birth done me meddlesome in training more. we became friends with a doula/labor manager who worked in a area, and started going to home and sanatorium births with her. Soon, we became her assistant, and by that, we came into hit with other internal midwives. Over a march of a subsequent several years, these midwives would call on me intermittently for assistance during home births.”

Eventually, Jill entered into a distance-learning midwifery training module in Texas with a idea of becoming a protected approved veteran midwife (CPM).

“Midwifery caring allows for a mom to have some-more specific, personalized care, and to select a options that are best for a sold needs of her pregnancy and family,” she wrote. “After all, mom knows best, and midwifery caring allows moms to make their possess choices. Midwives yield slight prenatal caring via pregnancy, with an importance on coherence and individualization, as good as labor, delivery, and postpartum care. Through spending all that time together, a attribute is formed, and there is mutual trust and honour between midwife and mom.”

“Each birth is impossibly singular and special, and we learn something new during any one of them,” she continued. “Not all is peaches and cream, and some days are hard, though we have been sanctified to work with a good organisation of ladies. … The categorical idea of a use as home birth midwives is to make certain that both momma and baby are healthy. Sometimes that happens in a home, and infrequently it happens during a hospital, though wherever we are, we urge for a best probable outcome for a people we serve.”

Duggar mama Michelle, 51, also non-stop adult about her daughters’ midwifery training and aspirations on a family show.

“Jana and Jill are removing a lot of opportunities to broach babies, and that is a fun for them,” she pronounced in a 2014 clip. “I consider only removing to assistance mommas as they are bringing life into a universe and removing to see their baby for a initial time is only such a joyous thing. It’s going good for them. They’re training a lot.”

Michelle suggested that sometimes, Jill and Jana would be left for “days during a time” with a mom in labor.

“I consider they’re enjoying training all a skills that they’re training about birth,” she said. “Jill is unequivocally going after a midwifery side of that, since Jana is unequivocally enjoying being a doula and only being a menial and aiding a mom while she’s in labor — kind of being that labor manager and assisting along with that. So it’s only neat to see any one has their opposite place that they like to be in a birth process!”

In 2015, Derick announced on a Dillard family website that his mother Jill had been officially approved as a veteran midwife.

“It’s official; my mother is a midwife!” he wrote. “As of Wednesday, Sep 16, and after a 7-hour extensive examination for approved veteran midwifes, she is now ‘Jill Dillard, CPM.’ we am so unapproachable of her for her diligence, perseverance, and tough work to see this prolonged highway by to a finish and reaching her idea of apropos a CPM.”

“The whole process, including several march work, lots of studying, tests, research, clinicals, excited nights with prolonged labors, being on call for mixed births during a time, and a extensive exam for full acceptance as a CPM, has finally culminated this week,” he continued. “This will be generally useful on a goal field. The light during a finish of a hovel was always there, though we only hadn’t seen it until recently. And if anybody knows how most tough work it has been for her, it’s me. Jill has been unequivocally trained and sacrificed a lot to get to this point. So most so, that we don’t have a ability within this brief blog post to give all a sum to do it justice.”

A approved veteran midwife (CPM) is a veteran independent midwife certified by a North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). CPMs are not compulsory to reason a nursing or other credential and are not certified to allot medication, though need believe and believe of out-of-hospital settings. The use privileges of CPMs change by state.