Yesterday Bob and Michelle Duggar made their first public appearance since they announced their miscarriage in December. The couple—who have their own reality show 19 Kids and Counting— talked with Ann Curry on the Today show. Michelle said that despite the emotional pain she feels from the miscarriage, she isn’t going to let it stop her from having more kids.
“We would be open to more if God saw fit to bless us with more,” Michelle said. “I would do it again.”
Last month the reality stars announced that they were expecting their 20th child on the “Today” show, unleashing a firestorm of criticism toward the unusually large evangelical Christian family. On December 9 at the 19-week ultrasound Michelle learned that her baby had no heartbeat, and on December 11 she miscarried.
Last night, that moment when doctors had trouble finding the heartbeat of Michelle’s unborn baby aired on national television. A clip appeared on the Today show segment and the full scene was a part of the season six premier of 19 Kids and Counting.
Michelle shared her feelings around the miscarriage with Curry.
“I think just the joy of looking forward to new young life in our family and then going to the ultra sound and finding out our baby had no heartbeat was devastating,” Michelle said.
“I think many others have experienced very similar situations because we’ve heard from many others and I think probably the hardest part is when a loss occurs like this people really don’t know what to say.
“We realize our sweet little Jubilee is with the lord and we will see her again.”
The Duggars and their 19 children share everything about their personal lives on the TLC reality show, but some feel the family has gone too far by sharing the details of the miscarriage, turning something that’s usually a private situation into a public spectacle. On the flip side, Michelle’s willingness to talk about her emotions might be helping other women who’ve gone through a similar event and who are feeling alone in their feelings. What do you think?