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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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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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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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19 Kids and Counting Sneak Peek: How Jill and Derick Dillard Commemorated His Late Father at Their Wedding (VIDEO)

Originally posted 04/14/2015 11:50AM

How, exactly, does one pull off a Duggar-sized wedding?

That's what we'll find out on Tuesday's episode of 19 Kids and Counting. We've already seen Josh, Jill and Jessa tie the knot on TLC's hit show, but we've yet to see how they managed to deal with behind-the-scenes disasters as well as the thoughtful choices they made to incorporate even the family members who have died.

For Jill and Derick's wedding, an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming episode reveals that they paid tribute to his late father, Rick, by incorporating his brisket recipe into the wedding feast. They also hung his police uniform at the church.

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Candid Photos: Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Husband Derick's First Days with Baby Israel

Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Husband Derick's First Days with Baby Israel (Photos)

Originally posted 04/14/2015 12:35AM

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!

Little Israel Dillard's future is so bright, he's gotta wear shades.

Jill (Duggar) Dillard and husband Derick have only been home with their newborn son for a couple of days, but their little boy has already perfected his pose for the cameras.

The couple's first child – who was born April 6 – is shown posing with sunglasses in a photo album the proud parents shared on their website.

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