Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard reveal tragic stillbirth of their ‘beautiful baby girl’ in emotional update

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Jill was four months pregnant when the couple found out the baby died in utero
  • Duggar, 32, previously had a miscarriage in 2021 with son River Bliss
  • The pair share three sons together: Israel, 9, Samuel, 6, and Freddy, 21 months 

Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard revealed that they had tragically lost their ‘beautiful baby girl’ in a post that was shared on their Instagram accounts on Saturday.

The 32-year-old reality television personality and her 35-year-old husband were planning on welcoming a daughter into their family, but the child was stillborn.

Jill — who recently opened up about her strict fundamentalist Christian upbringing — and her spouse went on to pen an emotional message to confirm the news to the public.

‘It is with heavy hearts that we announce the stillbirth of our beautiful baby girl, Isla Marie Dillard. Jill was 4 months pregnant (due in August) when we found out that our baby died in utero,’ they wrote.

Duggar previously had a miscarriage in 2021 with son River Bliss. The couple, who tied the knot in 2014, have three sons together — Israel, 9, Samuel, 6, and Freddy, 21 months. 

Jill Duggar, 32, and her husband, Derick Dillard, 35, revealed that they had tragically lost their ‘beautiful baby girl’ in a post that was shared on their Instagram accounts on Saturday

The author and her spouse went on to pen an emotional message to confirm the news to the public

The author and her spouse went on to pen an emotional message to confirm the news to the public

Duggar and Dillard added that they were particularly excited about the prospect of bringing a new member into their family.

‘From the moment we found out we were pregnant, we couldn’t wait to meet our baby. Isla was much loved from the start, and her 3 big brothers were so excited to introduce her to their world,’ they wrote.

The pair concluded by thanking their longtime fans for their continued support as they dealt with the stillbirth of their child.

‘We appreciate your prayers as we continue to grieve and heal from the loss of our little Isla Marie,’ they wrote.

Duggar and Dillard initially met in 2011, and they went on to tie the knot in June of 2014.

The pair started a family with the birth of their son Israel in 2014, and they welcomed two more boys named Samuel and Frederick in 2017 and 2022, respectively. 

Last year Jill candidly spilled how she almost died bringing son Samuel into the world after the then-infant suffered a stroke during labor.

She revealed the harrowing tale of her second child’s birth in her bombshell memoir, titled Counting the Cost.

She explained how she was rushed into surgery for an emergency C-section after an uterine rupture before finding out that the newborn had suffered a brain bleed as well.

Newborn Samuel, who had been ‘unresponsive at birth,’ was transferred to an NICU at a different hospital and Jill was not able to meet him for the first time until four days later.

The pair started a family with the birth of their son Israel, nine, in 2014, and they welcomed two more boys named Samuel, six, and Frederick, one, in 2017 and 2022, respectively

The pair started a family with the birth of their son Israel, nine, in 2014, and they welcomed two more boys named Samuel, six, and Frederick, one, in 2017 and 2022, respectively

Last year Jill revealed the harrowing tale of her second son's birth in her memoir, Counting the Cost, revealing how they both almost died during his birth after he suffered a stroke

Last year Jill revealed the harrowing tale of her second son’s birth in her memoir, Counting the Cost, revealing how they both almost died during his birth after he suffered a stroke

Samuel (pictured second from right) narrowly escaped permanent brain damage from his stroke - his older brother, Israel, is pictured at right

Samuel (pictured second from right) narrowly escaped permanent brain damage from his stroke – his older brother, Israel, is pictured at right

Doctors initially told Jill and Derick that it was unclear to what extent – if any – Samuel had suffered permanent brain damage until the 18-month mark.

However, three months after welcoming the youngster, Jill received a call from their neurologist, who informed her: ‘What I’ve seen on the scans is a miracle. There’s no lasting damage at all.’

The book also delves into the Arkansas native’s hyper-strict upbringing in the cult-like Christian sect known as IBLP – short for Institute in Basic Life Principles.

The couple was planning on welcoming a child in 2021, although the reality television personality suffered a miscarriage.

Duggar opened up about her feelings regarding the tragic event in a post that was shared on her Instagram account not long after the birth of her youngest child, who would have been named River Bliss.

She wrote a lengthy message to let her fans know that she felt ‘conflicted with feelings of loss and joy…I miss the moments we never had with River, yet I feel so so thankful for where we are this year holding our sweet little newborn.’

The author then wrote that she did not ‘take for granted what a blessing this journey of motherhood is.’ 

Duggar went on to express that she had nothing but sympathy for other mothers who had gone through miscarriages.

‘My heart is also heavy for others who wish so badly to be mamas or have experienced loss and are still praying for their miracle,’ she said.

Duggar previously had a miscarriage in 2021 with son River Bliss

Duggar previously had a miscarriage in 2021 with son River Bliss 

The miscarriage happened in October of 2021, just days after learning that she was pregnant with her third child

The miscarriage happened in October of 2021, just days after learning that she was pregnant with her third child

The reality television personality then wrote that she could not ‘wait to see [River] in heaven.’ 

Jill revealed that she suffered a devastating miscarriage in October of 2021, just days after learning that she was pregnant with her third child.

She and Derick shared their heartbreaking news in a video posted to their website, YouTube and social media accounts, detailing how their ‘happiness’ over their third pregnancy quickly ‘turned to heartbreak’ when they learned that they had lost their unborn child.

In the clip, the couple shared footage of the moment they learned they were expecting, as well as heartwarming video of them telling their young sons that they were going to be brothers to a baby sibling.

‘We recently found out that we were expecting our third baby,’ Jill and Derick wrote on their website, while sharing footage of the happy family celebrating the news with a pizza party in their Arkansas home.

‘We were all thrilled! It was fun to see so much joy in the boys’ faces as we shared the news with them. They were full of questions and so excited as we talked about the pregnancy and how they would get to be involved along the way and after baby was born.

‘However, a few days later we started miscarrying.’

Jill and Derick revealed that they were not far enough along in their pregnancy to have learned the gender of their unborn child – suggesting that the mother-of-two suffered a first-trimester miscarriage – however they chose to give their baby a name that they feel ‘encompasses [their] significance’: River Bliss Dillard.

Duggar and Dillard initially met in 2011, and they went on to tie the knot in June of 2014

Duggar and Dillard initially met in 2011, and they went on to tie the knot in June of 2014

The name holds special meaning for the Arkansas-based couple – who explained that it has several different inspirations behind it.

‘One meaning for River is “tranquil”…and here in Arkansas, rivers are often a serene, beautiful escape in nature,’ they explained.

‘We also like how the River talked about in the Bible (Rev. 22:1-5) represents God’s life-giving presence. The river of life (Holy Spirit), “flows from the throne of God,” and with the tree of life is “for the healing of the nations.”

‘Our baby doesn’t get to live here with us on earth, but is forever with the source of the river of life, in the presence of the Lord!’

WHAT IS A STILLBIRTH?

A stillbirth occurs when a baby is born dead after 24 weeks of pregnancy. 

If a baby dies before 24 weeks of pregnancy, it is known as a pregnancy loss.

Not all stillbirths can be prevented, however, not smoking or drinking, as well as not sleeping on your back and attending all antenatal appointments can reduce the risk. 

What are the signs? 

Signs may include the baby not moving as much as normal.

Pregnant women should contact their doctor immediately if they notice a difference to their baby’s movement. 

What are the causes? 

Stillbirths do not always have an obvious cause but may occur due to complications with the placenta or a birth defect.

They are also more likely to occur if women suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes or an infection that affects the baby, such as flu. 

Stillbirths are more likely to occur if women are having twins or multiple pregnancies, are overweight, smoke, are over 35 or have a pre-existing condition, such as epilepsy.

What happens after a stillbirth? 

If a baby has died, women may wait for their labour to start naturally or they may be induced if their health is at risk. 

Bereavement support groups are available to parents who have suffered stillbirths.

Some find it helpful to name their baby or take pictures with them.  

 Source: NHS Choices

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