Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Leans on Husband Ben for Support During Difficult Labor -- See the Clip
By Sophie Schillaci
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Jessa (Duggar) Seewald had quite the support system during her difficult delivery.
Family matriarch Michelle Duggar captured much of Jessa's labor on camera for this week's episode of Jill and Jessa: Counting On, while she leans on husband Ben Seewald -- sometimes quite literally -- for physical and emotional help. "This is painful," Jessa cries at one point in the clip. Watch below.
In addition to her husband and mother, two of Jessa's sisters, Jana and Jinger Duggar, were also on hand throughout the process.
"Ben has been right there beside her, cheering her on the whole time," Jana tells the camera at one point.
"Ben was just solid," Michelle gushes later on. "He was there and stuck by her side and it was just really sweet."
But Ben concedes that the entire situation was "pretty difficult."
"As labor was ramping up, she was in pain so I was feeling the pain, too," he says. "I was thinking to myself, 'Hopefully the baby comes soon so this will be over,' but it kept dragging on and dragging on."
The Seewalds welcomed their first child, a son named Spurgeon Elliot, on Nov. 5, one day after Jessa celebrated her 23rd birthday.
"Labor is hard," she toldPeople. "It was very intense, very long. Everything was different than I expected."
After delivering baby Spurgeon at home, Jessa began bleeding excessively and was rushed to the hospital to undergo a blood transfusion. "I had dreamed about those first moments, getting to breastfeed right away, all that," she said. "And so when I had to go to the hospital, it was a shock."
Despite the complications, Spurgeon was born happy and healthy at 9 lbs, 11 oz. Learn more about his birthday in the video below.
Jill and Jessa: Counting On airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.