Michelle Duggar: Baby Doing 'As Well As Can Be Expected'

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Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have 19 kids and one grandchild. Credit: Scott Enlow, TLC

After giving birth to her 19th child via emergency C-section, Michelle Duggar tells People magazine that she is cherishing every moment with daughter Josie Brooklyn, who was born on Dec. 10, weighing 1 lb., 6 oz.

"Josie is doing as well as can be expected for a baby at her age. We are taking each hour as it comes," says Duggar, who has been released from the hospital. "We feel so blessed that God has given us to her and are cherishing every moment with her."

Duggar, star of TLC's "18 Kids and Counting," had been in the hospital recovering from a gallstone at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences when she was taken to the operating room for an emergency C-section. Her doctors said the baby was born prematurely because Michelle suffered from preeclampsia, a pregnancy-related condition that causes high blood pressure, People reports.

"God's will is what we would choose if we knew all the facts," says Duggar's husband, Jim Bob. "Our children's spiritual maturity is going to deepen so much through this, in a way that couldn't happen any other way," he says.

He adds, "This is so difficult, but I know that we are leaving this in God's hands."

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