The Duggar family is welcoming another baby in June, but this time around it isn’t matriarch Michelle who’s pregnant, but daughter-in-law Anna! The “19 Kids and Counting” family shared the “exciting” news with “Extra’s” A.J. Calloway and Hilaria Baldwin in NYC.
Michelle Duggar welcomed baby No. 19 Thursday -- much earlier than expected.
"Michelle, who has been in the hospital recovering from a gallstone, was taken to the OR for an emergency C-section," a rep for TLC, which airs her reality show "18 Kids and Counting," told TMZ Friday morning.
At 6:27 PM PST, Michelle and her husband, Jim Bob, welcomed their daughter, Josie Brooklyn, who was due in the spring. She weights in at just 1 lb., 6 ozs.
The baby is stable, but was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Arkansas Hospital for Medical Sciences.
Adds the rep, "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."
Last weekend, Michelle was airlifted to the hospital when the gallstone pain caused her to have early contractions.
In a message recorded on their iPhone Tuesday, the couple thanked "everyone for praying for Michelle."
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar thank fans for their support in a new video taped with their iPhone at the hospital.
"We'd like to thank everyone for praying for Michelle," says Jim Bob, the star of TLC's "18 Children and Counting." Pregnant Michelle was airlifted to the University of Arkansas for Health Sciences Hospital in Little Rock over the weekend after gallstone pain caused early contractions.
Adds Michelle, "Thank you for all the well wishes that we've been receiving. We are really grateful. I am feeling so much better. The gallstone has calmed down a bit... the baby sounds good. We're waiting to see what happens."
Jim Bob says the hospital is going to "keep her for a few more days to make sure her blood pressure is going down."
He also asks fans to pray that "she'll get to feeling better quickly, and that we'll be able to bring the baby to full term... So far, the baby's doing great, and we're so grateful for that."