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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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How Josiah Duggar and Marjorie Jackson's Families Feel About Their Courtship | The Duggars

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19 Kids and Counting: How Josiah Duggar and Marjorie Jackson's Families Feel About Their Courtship

Originally posted 04/14/2015 12:50PM

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!

Josiah Duggar is courting Marjorie Jackson, and it's no surprise that the Duggar stamp of approval is fairly coveted, considering the tight-knit nature of the 19 Kids and Counting clan.

Since Marjorie is a bilingual, enterprising 17-year-old who is already an accomplished pianist and actress and has written a book that encourages young ladies to read the Bible, it was basically a given that the Duggars would approve of Josiah's new girlfriend. Not to mention that Marjorie's family would approve of 18-year-old Josiah!

"I don't think either of us was surprised," Greg Jackson, a graphic designer, tells PEOPLE of his daughter's courtship with Josiah. Adds Marjorie's mother, Analucia, a Spanish teacher: "You know, we saw their relationship as friends growing, and we saw it heading that way."

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Another Duggar Is Courting! Guess Which Family Member Is a Little Closer to Walking Down the Aisle | The Duggars

Josiah Duggar Is Courting Marjorie Jackson

Originally posted 04/13/2015 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!

So, the last time the expansive Duggar family weighed in on who was most likely to enter into a "courtship" – an older-fashioned way of dating that has couples getting to know each other as a preparation for marriage, with chaperones and side hugs – the Duggar who's now in one wasn't even on the list.

Josiah Duggar, 18, reveals exclusively to PEOPLE that he has entered into a courtship with Marjorie Jackson, 17 – a young lady he got to know when he was taking Spanish lessons from her mother, Analucia, 40.

The couple officially began courting on April 6, the same day his sister Jill, 23, and brother-in-law Derick Dillard, 26, welcomed newborn son Israel David into the world.

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Jill and Derick Dillard: How the Duggar Family Is Pitching In with Baby Israel David

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Jill and Derick Dillard: How the Duggar Family Is Pitching In with Baby Israel David

Originally posted 04/10/2015 11:05AM

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!

They say it takes a village to raise a child – luckily, the expansive Duggar family is a village all on its own.

Since giving birth to Israel David, Jill Dillard has seen her family pitching in where they can as she recovers from welcoming a baby that weighed in at nearly 10 lbs. and measured 23 in. long.

"We are so blessed to have such a great family and such great support here at the hospital with the doctors and the nursing staff," Jill, 23, tells PEOPLE. "My sisters and my mom and Derick's mom have all been in to help!"

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19 Kids and Counting Recap: Jill and Derick Break Some Baby News

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19 Kids and Counting Recap: Jill and Derick Break Some Baby News

Originally posted 04/07/2015 10:00PM

Though Jill and Derick Dillard just announced the arrival of baby Israel David, the sex of their baby was still a mystery on Tuesday's 19 Kids and Counting.

The birth of Israel came just in time to make his name a surprise, too; as Derick revealed in the episode, they were always going to name the baby Israel if a boy, and Saleah if a girl.

Also, with Jessa, 22, having flown the nest following her marriage to Ben Seewald, 19, the mechanics of the Duggar household needed re-jiggering – which is how 5-year-old Josie ended up on laundry duty.

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19 Kids and Counting Recap: Ben and Jessa Tie the Knot (and Kiss Behind Closed Doors!)

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19 Kids and Counting Recap: Ben and Jessa Tie the Knot (and Kiss Behind Closed Doors!)

Originally posted 03/31/2015 10:40PM

The big day finally arrived: Jessa and Ben Seewald's wedding.

After having just two and a half months to plan a wedding attended by upwards of 1,000 people, the Duggar-Seewald wedding went off without a hitch.

Find out what went down on this week's 19 Kids and Counting, from the emotional wedding rehearsal to the even more emotional ceremony and reception. (Not to mention the many kisses that followed the one that happened behind closed doors – no more chaperones!)

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Proof That the Duggars Know a Thing or Two About Food

Proof That the Duggars Know a Thing or Two About Food

Originally posted 03/31/2015 02:35PM

The 19 Kids and Counting family is creative when it comes to meals – even when 7 lbs. of cheese is involved

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Find Out When You Can Watch Jill (Duggar) Dillard Welcome Her First Child on 19 Kids and Counting

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Find Out When You Can Watch Jill (Duggar) Dillard Welcome Her First Child on 19 Kids and Counting

Originally posted 03/30/2015 05:50PM

Jill Dillard – and her unborn son – are officially on a deadline.

On the week leading up to Mother's Day, TLC will air special family-focused programming in an initiative titled "The Mother of All Weeks."

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19 Kids and Counting Recap: 19 Things We Learned About Jessa Before Her Wedding

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19 Kids and Counting Recap: 19 Things We Learned About Jessa Before Her Wedding

Originally posted 03/24/2015 10:00PM

With Jessa Duggar's new life with Ben Seewald just two days away, this week's episode of 19 Kids and Counting was all about Jessa, 22.

In lieu of a traditional bachelor/bachelorette party, the happy couple decided to host a game of flag football; interspersed with that footage were clips of the Duggar family's fond remembrances of Jessa.

Thanks to the rest of the Duggar clan, here are 19 things we learned about Jessa on this week's 19 Kids.

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