The Duggar family is one for the ages. I’m sure you’ve heard of them by now but if you haven’t allow me to introduce them. They are the family featured on the TLC show 19 and counting. This husband and wife duo, Jim Bob and Michelle, are the parents of 19 yes NINETEEN children. They don’t believe in birth control and have chosen to have as many children as God allows. In some ways, I get that. I’m not going that route, but I get it.
They are a self sufficient debt-free family. Can’t be mad at that. They live in a house they built themselves in Arkansas. The husband works in real estate and is able to take care of their growing brood. They were back in the news less than two years ago when child number 19 was born premature and was in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for six months with a life threatening illness. She’s fine now and developing normally. I, for one, thought that after that scare they would change their tune. For me, that would have scared me and I would have been thinking that maybe 19 was a good number and shut up shop.
Well, I did say that was my opinion and that’s what I would have been thinking. They don’t share my sentiments. “If we felt that way, we would have stopped back with our second birth,” says Michelle. She experienced preeclampsia during her second pregnancy with twins John David and Jana who are now 21.
Just a few weeks ago it was announced that Michelle is pregnant with baby number 20. I have to say, I hadn’t balked at their choices before now. This just scares me though. We all know as women that it gets riskier to have children the older we get. I didn’t mention that Michelle is 45. I know women are having children later and later but we can’t ignore the risks though. The other thing is how much can one woman’s body take!! Good grief. They have a few sets of twins here and there but this woman has been pregnant at least 15 times! What the what?! One of their children was married a few years ago and has since become a parent. They will now have a child younger than their grandchild.
My question to you all is how many is too many? Is it as long as you can afford it, keep having babies until your body quits?
Update: Michelle Duggar suffered a miscarriage this afternoon. Tragic.