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Why Does Michelle Duggar Need To Have So Many Children
Why Does Michelle Duggar Need To Have So Many Children?
I am sure that almost everybody has heard of the mega family the Duggars. This is an Arkansas family from Tontiton that has 19 children. To date they have been blessed with 19 children, (10 boys and 9 girls) Joshua (& wife Anna and first grandchild Mackynzie with another grandchild on the way this year), Jana & John-David (twins), Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah & Jeremiah (twins), Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn Grace and Josie. Their family has been featured on “14 Children and Pregnant Again!”, “16 Children and Moving In!”, “Raising 16 Children!”,“On The Road With 16 Children!” & "Duggar's Big Family Album". They have also appeared on numerous National and International TV shows including The Early Show, The Today Show, The View, Fox & Friends, Italian Public Television, KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), Discovery Home & Health (UK & Australia), Jimmy Kimmel Live, Fox News Network, CNN, MSNBC and others. They have done countless interviews with radio talk show hosts around the world including NPR, AP Radio, CBS Radio, FOX Radio and others. They have appeared in various magazine and newspapers including Parents, New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, Ladies Home Journal, People and many others. From the United States, Canada, Korea, Japan, China, India, New Zealand, Australia, France and Germany. It seems that they have a large following of fans and critics. But what would motivate a woman to have so many children ?
Michelle Duggar & Jim Bob married July 21st, 1984. She was just 17 years old. Not wanting to have a baby until they were able to afford one she went on the birth control pill. She had her first child, Joshua, four years later. After the birth she went back onto the birth control pill. Not realizing that she could still get pregnant while on the pill she conceived and very shortly had a miscarriage. Blaming the pill for the miscarriage she and Jim Bob decided to have as many children as they could as they felt that children are a blessing from God. This is the reason that they have given the public. But lets dig a little deeper into other reasons she may have done this
It is rumored that the Duggars are part of the Quiverfull sect. This is a religious based community that believes that God wants us to have as many children as we can and not use birth control. Some families have a few and many of them have mega families as the Duggars have. For those who can not have a large family they do believe in adoption as the child that is picked by them is a child that God has led them to. I do not believe that they are part of the Quiverfull sect. This is an excuse that they have latched onto so that they she can have so many
We have also heard that she has “baby hunger.” But Michelle does not fit this category as it is usually older women that want children and have not been able to conceive. Or younger ones that have not been able to conceive. It is a desperation in wanting a baby. Michelle has no problem conceiving as we know
With each pregnancy that Michelle has she has the potential from a large range of health problems such as dysfunctional labor, postpartum hemorrhage, heart attack & stroke, pre-eclampsia, placenta previa, uterine prolapse & rupture, gallbladder disease, anemia & nutritional deficiencies, dental problems, blood clots, incontinence, intestinal disorders, and death. Shortly after her 19th child she had her gallbladder taken out because she was having problems with a gallbladder stone. We also know that her last child was born over three months premature weighing about one pound six ounces and spent about six months in the NICU until she grew to her birth weight and gestational term and was stabilized. She was born lactose intolerance and it was found out that Michelle was not producing the quality of milk to satisfy any of her babies. Instead of producing whole milk she was producing skim milk. She is a believer in feeding all her babies whenever they are awake. Michelle produced 500 gallons of breast milk in a five month period while Josie was in the NICU
I believe that Michelle, who had married so young, found that Jim Bob is not a very romantic man and he shows the love, concern and caring to Michelle only when she is pregnant or on TV. These are feelings that all wives need from their husbands and the only way she can get these from him is to have all these children. I hope that now that the older kids are able to show her their love, caring and joy of her being their mother that she will think about not having another child for fear of her or the baby dying
Instead of spending money on Michelle, Jim Bob, throws the money that they make from their TV show 19 Kids and Counting away on buses and his electronic toys. Jim Bob considers himself her spiritual leader and I imagine that all she has heard all throughout her marriage is his favorite bible passage, “be fruitful and multiply.” After about 27 years of marriage that would probably be ingrained in Michelle’s mind. I find this a form of domestic abuse. So in order to please him and feel like a wife she keeps having babies at a risk to herself, the children she already has and her unborn baby
It is time that Michelle tells Jim Bob that enough is enough and find other pastimes and pleasures to fulfill herself as a woman, wife and mother. I hope that she looks at her children that she already has and the one that she nearly lost and realize that she has more to offer as a woman in her own right