Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar: Planning Baby #20?

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Arkansans Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have, obviously, always been open about their intentions to raise children - we're talking about a lot of children.

But the stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting faced near tragedy with their 19th child's premature birth, leading many observers to conclude that was it.

The Duggar Family Photo

Not so fast.

The couple, whose baby Josie Duggar was hospitalized for six months with a perforated bowel and rare digestive problems, are considering a 20th child.

"Our family is stronger than ever," Jim Bob Duggar, 45, and Michelle Duggar, 43, tell People in its new cover story. "We made it through the storm."

That's not to say it's an easy call. Born months early after Michelle's pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, Josie's life has been in danger throughout.

"When she first came home, I couldn't sleep at all," Michelle said. "That was the scariest part, the full responsibility of her care on my shoulders."

Similarly daunting are the medical risks Michelle could face with another pregnancy – particularly a return of preeclampsia (high blood pressure), which can lead to a fatal stroke or other awful scenarios. But the pair vow to stick to their beliefs.

"People think we are overpopulating the world," says Jim Bob, a real estate agent and former Arkansas State Legislature member, in response to critics of his large but debt-free family. "We are following our convictions."

Should Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have a 20th baby?


If I were the Duggars, I would not have any more children. BUT I am not the Duggars, and just as I wouldn't want them telling me that I should do what they believe is right, it is not my place to expect them to do what I would. All of the children seem respectful and responsible and I think Jim Bob and Michelle have done a wonderful job as parents. When you watch shows like "My Super Sweet Sixteen", those are the people who shouldn't be having children.


I love love love this family! The Dugars are awesome examples of how to live a happy life! I think the people that leave mean messages are just jealous:) Read the book they have sacrificed and learned how to manage their money unlike a lot of people in this world! Hey i think, Shoot for 20:)!


i think that the duggars are a wonderful family and its great that ther not on wealfare and they dont need there check frm tlc. They were just fine b4 the show.and i think it is great they dont let there kids dive head first into this world. Maybe they wont b on mtv preagnet at 16 or in jail. They have values and maybe wont follow down the path ther parents have laid out but atleast they have a shot so the world has 21 decent people in them one more wont hurt


I think instead of worrying about people who are good parents spend time praying for sorry parents and their suffering children like zahra baker...susan smiths poor little boys...and many many more!


jim bob why did you and your wife named your all of your children with a j


It is not anyones business but theirs. My mom once said if a couple only has sex once a year and it is her time to get pregnant than there will be a baby every year. Why do people like La belle assume Jim-Bob is a sex addict. Yes he is a loving husband maybe she is just jealous! If they can afford them and are not in debt or living on welfare and they have the mental capacity to deal with 20 kids more power to them. I lived in a family of six we were spread apart I was 15 when the last one came and I helped my mom. That was a good way to learn how to handle a newborn so you are not so clueless when you have your own. I only had 4 I really don't think I could've handled more than that, but apparently Jim-Bob and Michelle can and do. they seem to have a very successful plan for taking care of their tribe. If they want 30 it is no ones business.


It is time to STOP having babies and use birth control. Do they know they can get FREE condoms at Planned Parenthood? The older girls take care of everything in the house and all the parents do is bring more babies into the house. The poor girls are growing up learning that women should be barefoot and pregnant all the time. I really hope those kids get a clue and out into the real world. Experience life! Have fun! Go to college and dorm there! They can only afford those kids because they have the show that gives them a nice check every month, huge tax breaks and such. What's going to happen when most of those kids are unable to be claimed on taxes?


I think that dirty douche bag JimBob is a sex addict.


She's only 43 ???? My god, she looks like she's 50. Way to go you pig JimBob, can't you leave the poor woman alone for a while? A new baby with Downs Syndrome should be a message - stop having babies.


JimBob needs to be neutered immediately. He is such a pig, can't he leave the poor woman alone once in a while. I'll bet he demands sex every day. This new baby with Downs Syndrome will be a handful to take care of, but wait, they have 18 built in babysitters. Shameful and disgusting. She needs to go into menopause like tomorrow.


Duggar Family Quotes

And so be available, and not just available, but be joyfully available for him. Smile and be willing to say, 'Yes, sweetie I am here for you,' NO MATTER WHAT, even though you may be exhausted and big and pregnant and you may not feel like he feels. 'I'm still here for you and I'm going to meet that need because I know it's a need for you.' - Michelle

Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar on saying yes (yes, and more yes) to sex