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Jill (Duggar) and Derick Dillard: Israel David's Birth Brought Us Closer Together

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Jill (Duggar) and Derick Dillard: Israel David's Birth Brought Us Closer Together

Originally posted 04/18/2015 09:20PM

After a 70-hour delivery and surprise C-section, Jill and Derick Dillard open up about their firstborn's arrival. Subscribe now for Jill and Derick's exclusive interview – and to see photos of their son Israel David – only in PEOPLE!

In advance of their first wedding anniversary, Jill and Derick Dillard are closer than ever following the birth of their first child, Israel David.

Though the dramatic, 70-hour delivery was undoubtedly tough on Jill, 23, she tells PEOPLE that her baby boy was "worth every single contraction."

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Israel Dillard's Dramatic Delivery – 70 Hour of Labor and an Unplanned C-Section

Jill and Derick Dillard Share Intimate Details of Son Israel's Dramatic Delivery

Originally posted 04/17/2015 08:50PM

Baby Israel David Dillard is peacefully sleeping, his arms dangling as his father, Derick, cradles him in the crook of his elbow and his mom, Jill, stares at them both adoringly.

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Grandparents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Share Thoughts on Israel Dillard's Birth

Grandparents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Share Thoughts on Israel Dillard's Birth

Originally posted 04/17/2015 03:00PM

After a 70-hour delivery and surprise C-section, Jill and Derick Dillard open up about their firstborn's arrival. Subscribe now for Jill and Derick's exclusive interview – and to see photos of their son Israel David – only in PEOPLE!

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have gone through more than a dozen births in their family – but that didn't make this last one any less exciting.

Derick, Israel David and Jill Dillard Photo by: Dillard family / www.duggarfamily.com
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"We are so thrilled for Jill and Derick," says Michelle, 48. "It is such an exciting time of life."

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Jill (Duggar) Dillard Went for a Pedicure with Husband Derick After Her Water Broke

Jill (Duggar) Dillard Went for a Pedicure with Husband Derick After Her Water Broke

Originally posted 04/17/2015 08:00AM

After a 70-hour delivery and surprise C-section, Jill and Derick Dillard open up about their firstborn's arrival. Subscribe now for Jill and Derick's exclusive interview – and to see photos of their son Israel David – only in PEOPLE!

Jill Dillard was one relaxed expectant mom.

When her water broke in the early hours of April 4 following 41 weeks and 5 days of pregnancy, the 19 Kids and Counting star went to sleep and managed to squeeze in a morning appointment with her chiropractor. ("I wanted to get aligned before birth," Jill tells PEOPLE exclusively.)

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How Derick Dillard Kept Jill Calm During Her Intense Labor

How Derick Dillard Kept Jill Calm During Her Intense Labor

Originally posted 04/16/2015 08:00AM

After a 70-hour delivery and surprise C-section, Jill and Derick Dillard open up about their firstborn's arrival. Subscribe now for Jill and Derick's exclusive interview – and to see photos of their son Israel David – only in PEOPLE!

While Jill endured painful and sometimes scary moments leading up to the birth of her son Israel David on April 6, the 19 Kids and Counting star turned to husband Derick for support throughout their dramatic journey.

To distract Jill after a full day of labor with little progression and contractions just a minute apart, soon-to-be "amazing" dad Derick played spiritual songs that the couple both love and read Bible verses and inspirational sayings.

"I was nervous," Derick tells PEOPLE, "but I didn't want to show that or make her more fearful."

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Jill Dillard: Why New Mom's C-Section Won't Keep Her from Having 'as Many Kids as God Will Bless Me with'

Jill Dillard: Why New Mom's C-Section Won't Keep Her from Having 'as Many Kids as God Will Bless Me with'

Originally posted 04/15/2015 03:00PM

After a 70-hour delivery and surprise C-section, Jill and Derick Dillard open up about their firstborn's arrival. Subscribe now for Jill and Derick's exclusive interview – and to see photos of their son Israel David – only in PEOPLE!

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Josiah Duggar and Marjorie Jackson: Courtship in Their Own Words (VIDEO)

Originally posted 04/15/2015 01:05PM

Josiah Duggar certainly picked a playful young lady to court.

Tuesday on 19 Kids and Counting's official page, in a video that coincided with the end of an episode dedicated to several other Duggars' weddings, fans got the first proper glimpse of Josiah's new girlfriend Marjorie Jackson and her sparkling personality.

Introducing the idea that she's "purposefully dating" the fourth Duggar boy, Marjorie teased that she is courting "one of the boys – and it's not John David, it's not Joseph, not Jedidiah ... it's Josiah!"

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Jill (Duggar) Dillard: 'I Was Scared, but I Was Praying' During 70-Hour Delivery

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Jill (Duggar) Dillard: 'I Was Scared, but I Was Praying' During 70-Hour Delivery

Originally posted 04/15/2015 08:05AM

Though Jill Dillard was as prepared as she could be for her son Israel David's birth on April 6 (her birth plan was one of the most extensive her doctor had ever seen, she reveals), she was faced with a labor that had many starts, stops and scary ups and downs.

"I was praying to God to give me strength," Jill, 23, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "I was really scared and nervous, but I was praying."

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19 Kids and Counting: Behind the Scenes of Josh, Jill and Jessa's Marriages

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19 Kids and Counting Recap: Behind Josh, Jill and Jessa's Marriages (and Michelle and Jim Bob's Vow Renewal)

Originally posted 04/14/2015 10:05PM

With three Duggar weddings down, a whopping 16 remain!

Josh, Jill and Jessa have all paired off, and with Josiah, 18, officially pursuing a courtship with Marjorie Jackson as a first step to marriage, it may not be long before another 19 Kids and Counting wedding hits the airwaves.

On this week's 19 Kids, we go behind the scenes of Josh's wedding to Anna, Jill's to Derick Dillard and Jessa's to Ben Seewald as well as Michelle and Jim Bob's vow renewal 25 years after they tied the knot.

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Jill and Derick Dillard: We Feel So Blessed

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Jill and Derick Dillard: We Feel So Blessed

Originally posted 04/14/2015 04:15PM

After 70 hours of intense labor, Jill and Derick Dillard welcome their first baby boy, Israel David. Subscribe now to read more about their dramatic journey to parenthood in this exclusive PEOPLE interview.

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