Jessa Duggar: I Had An Unexpected Home Birth On My Couch!

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We know the Duggar family is pretty old-fashioned. 

From their modest apparel to their strict "no touching before marriage" rule to their bans on drinking, dancing, birth control ... the list actually goes on and it's too long and depressing to share. 

But after a recent and dramatic episode of TLC's Counting On, Jessa Duggar opened up about her recent birth with baby Ivy Jane and how she entered the world in appropriate 'horse-and-buggy' fashion. 

The Jessa Gaze

According to Jessa and husband Ben Seewald, the birth didn't actually go as planned, and they ultimately had to make different arrangements. 

"Our birth plan through this whole pregnancy was that we would deliver at a birthing suite at the hospital with a midwife there," Jessa said in a video released by TLC on Wednesday. 

"However, the morning that my water broke was the morning my midwife had left town for a week."

Uh oh. 

Go Team!!

And while you may be wondering why on earth the midwife would leave town so close to a delivery date, apparently Jessa's water broke about 10 days prior to the expected day. 

Jessa was supposed to give birth in June, but her water unexpectedly broke on May 26. 

"I was not expecting to go early," the reality star said. 

In fact, the couple thought they still had "two weeks left." 

Jessa Duggar Baby Bump at 38 Weeks

But instead of making the quick and maybe safe decision to go to the hospital once they realized it was time, Jessa and Ben opted for the more risky, traditional choice. 

Their backup plan? To call a different midwife and deliver little Ivy at home instead.

That's right, Jessa gave birth right in her family living room right on the couch! 

Jessa Duggar on her dramatic delivery!

But you don't have to worry about the family's movie night plans for the rest of your day -- they kept the couch totally clean and used a pad, of course! 

According to People, the midwives placed what looked like a puppy pee pad on the couch, so they obviously had the most durable of coverage. 

But before baby Ivy could be delivered onto the pet pad, Jessa had to get her contractions going. 

Jessa Duggar Delivers Ivy Jane from her couch!

She tried a castor oil smoothie and took many walks up and down the stairs. 

Jessa explained that "moving around" and "being active" helped her with contractions in the past. 

She and her hubby share sons Spurgeon Elliot, 3, and Henry Wilberforce, 2, who were also delivered at home -- so this wasn't Jessa's first rodeo. 

Jessa, Ben and Family

After sweet baby Ivy finally made her way into the world, Jessa was immediately taken to the hospital because well, medicine.

The new mother couldn't stop bleeding, but after some time in the hospital and thanks to heavy medication, she eventually was feeling much better.

It was at the hospital where Jessa and Ben introduced new big brothers Spurgeon and Henry to their baby sister. 

Other family members also arrived at the time to meet Ivy. 

Henry and Spurge

Ben graciously revealed the inspiration behind Ivy's name, saying that a historical figure played into their decision.

"Ivy Jane, we just liked those two named," he said. 

"Jessa and I talked about it beforehand this time around and we actually had a name picked out before she was born."

Jessa Duggar and Co.

"We liked the way those named flowed together," he said in another video. 

And as for the middle name of Jane, she's actually named after Lady Jane Grey, who was a young Queen of England for a short time during the 1500s. 

"She was a very inspirational character to us," the father of three shared. (aw!) 

Here I Am!

Meanwhile, Jessa is loving having another girl in the house. 

"Bows, pink, ruffles, lace. Those are some of the things that are just really exciting about having a girl," she said.

We're very happy to hear that the delivery went well for the mom and the baby -- who we're sure is getting completely spoiled! 

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