I have written about the Duggar Family before, only this time I am outraged by the media coverage of this "blessed" event. All 18 children prior were full term, but this one, is not as lucky. Baby Josie Brooklyn was born at 25 weeks gestation weighing less than a pound and a half. She is a micro preemie in every sense. Her day to day survival in measured in hours. There is a probable chance she will have lifelong complications or could die before the Duggars take her home.
Quite frankly the Duggars tempted fate a few too many times because doctors warned Michelle Duggar about her advanced maternal age, prior pregnancies and the overwhelming risk of a uterine rupture. This pregnancy ended early because of pre-eclampsia which gone undetected could have left her 18 other children motherless. Pre-eclamspsia is fatal to the mother without swift medical attention or delivery of the unborn baby. In this tragic case the birth ended Michelle's problem but opened a huge can of worms for the tiny girl she was carrying.
I know the struggles of prematurity four**** times over. I am passionate about preemies because I am the proud parent of three beautiful 27 weekers. This is a dubious honor and I am still a bit sad and disappointed that I failed them in the gestating department. Here is what the media is NOT showing people. This is Eli, a relatively healthy baby born at 27 weeks.
In this photo he is 20 hours old and weighed TWICE what baby Josie Duggar weighs- Eli was about 2 pounds 14 ounces here, so basically the Duggar baby is LESS than HALF this size. There is nothing sadder than to watch your child hooked up to machines, equipment and wires. Yet in the media they are showing photos of the Duggar Family holding full term babies- it is a bait and switch. A photo says a 1000 words which is probably why we have not seen any images of their preemie- my guess is that it would be pitiful. (****Charlotte was born at 35 weeks and in comparison to the triplets, I could not even refer to her as a preemie, to me she was full term)
I feel sorry for the other kids at home. Having a mother that goes back and forth to the NICU everyday and is healing from a c-section is a challenge. Now that the older Duggar Daughters are in charge at home I am sure they will be multi-tasking in ways that no teenager should. Running a home with 18 children is a daunting task, but when you add the responsibility of a severely premature baby to the mix, it is mentally, physically, emotionally and personally draining. Those poor girls. They did not sign up for this.
A 25 week baby is born 15 weeks early. This is serious. There are complications that the news stories are failing to address. From the TLC website:
Michelle is resting comfortably and baby is stable and in the NICU for extended care. The most important thing right now is for Mom and baby Josie to get as much rest as possible. The family is grateful for all the prayers and well wishes during their recovery. Are they high? This is the understatement of the century.
IF there is one good thing to come from this Duggar Disaster I am hoping it is an awareness of the medical challenges of premature births. This is a chance for TLC to redeem themselves after Jon and Kate have imploded on them. This is an opportunity for the network to give some recognition to the premature issues facing millions of babies. Let's see how they put some sugary spin on this one?
So perhaps this disaster will be a wake up call to the Duggars. Maybe this will end their quest to populate the state of Arkansas with more lil Duggars. I have nothing against them personally I just do not understand why they keep getting pregnant against medical advice. I am really praying for them, I am praying like an educated woman who believes in the miracle of life. I am blogging to vent my frustration and shed some light on this sad story. Do you think this will help people realize that too much of a good thing can be bad?