It's a boy!
Jill Duggar, who is due to give birth to her and husband Derick Dillard's first child later this month, helped deliver another woman's baby on Tuesday and shared on her Instagram page a sweet pic of herself cradling the newborn on her baby bump. The 23-year-old 19 Kids and Counting star has been studying to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) since 2012.
"So blessed to help deliver this little guy at home this morning, just 2 weeks away from my own due date!" she wrote. "I previously delivered two of his older sisters. Gary Martin Takehiro Y. born today at 9:49am 7lbs. 8oz. 20 inches long. #AMommysButterflyMidwifery #babycatcher #studentmidwife."
Jill, who also goes by Jill Dillard and is the first married daughter in her family, revealed her pregnancy publicly last summer, two months after she and Derick wed. In October, they announced they are expecting a son, who will be the fourth grandchild for Michelle and husband Jim Bob Duggar, 49. The couple's eldest child, sonJosh Duggar, 27, and his wife Anna Duggar, 26, are currently expecting their fourth child.
Dillard had last week shared a photo of Jill on her 37th week of pregnancy, which showed her mother Michelle Duggar, 48, and his mom Cathy Dillard, 58, placing their hands over his wife's baby bump.
Jill is planning to deliver their own child at home. As a student midwife, she has aided and witnessed more than 60 home births.
"Each birth is incredibly unique and special, and I learn something new at every one of them," she wrote on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting blog in 2013. "Not everything is peaches and cream, and some days are hard, but I have been blessed to work with a great group of ladies."
Her sister Jana Duggar, 25, has also worked as a midwife assistant and doula. A 2013 episode of 19 Kids and Counting showed the two helping with a woman's delivery of her baby, who had to be rushed to the hospital after the birth to repair an umbilical cord defect.
"Jill and I feel like the training we are receiving, although our paths are both a little bit different, will serve us in the future on the mission field," she wrote in the blog. "Each of us would like to use our skills as a way to share the hope of Jesus in foreign countries, but for right now, the country we've been called to serve in is our own. We enjoy loving on our moms, babies, and families, and feel privileged to care for them."