Despite much criticism, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar continue to cling to extremist Christian values that are putting their loved ones at risk. With the premature birth of their 19th child Josie Brooklyn Duggar, will Michelle and Jim Bob start taking responsibility for their own actions and admit that treating Michelle’s body as a baby mill isn’t healthy?
A premature baby, especially one born three months early, is almost always a tragedy. Rarely will babies at twenty-five weeks survive, or go on without serious complications. Of course the Duggars never expected this to happen, but after eighteen babies, the odds weren’t in their favor.
Michelle gave birth on December 10th after going to the hospital for high blood pressure and preeclampsia. What if Michelle had died this time around? Who would take care of the remaining children? It’s bad enough that the children, all but the tiniest, raise each other with an ounce of help from mom and the older siblings. Would Jim Bob feel guilty and take responsibility for letting his beliefs hurt his family?
It will be interesting to see how this new baby changes their lives. If the baby grows up developmentally delayed as some premature babies do, how will Michelle find time to spread her attention to the entire family? Will this last pregnancy scare them into acknowledging concern coming from doctors about advanced maternal age and the toll so many babies take on a body? Will Michelle and Jim Bob act hypocritically and say this was God’s way of saying they should start using birth control after so many years of shunning the thought? If Michelle gets pregnant again, and if Josie suffered some kind of disability, will Michelle shove Josie off onto one of the older brothers or sisters? The questions are endless.
Time will tell if their faith will remain unchanged after this birth. As most people with circular Biblical logic, they prayed for Michelle’s blood pressure to come down before agreeing to a c-section. Undoubtedly, after her blood pressure didn’t come down, they thought God wanted her to have a c-section, and He had a reason for the baby to be born premature. When prayers aren’t answered, people like the Duggars have no problem using God as a scapegoat instead of thinking logically and freely. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with believing in Christianity or any religion, there comes a point where you have to make educated decisions, be proactive, and stop leaving everything up to prayer.
The ultimate question is this. In the end, what’s more important to the Duggars; Their interpretation of the Bible regarding child bearing or their family’s health and happiness? Only time will tell, but what do you think? Should the Duggars try for baby number twenty?