Sunday, February 14, 2010

19 And Counting...

The other day I was standing in line at Safeway and I seen the cover on USA Today or People or one of them magazines. The cover had reality show stars Michelle and Rob Duggar. Now for those of you that don't know, the Duggar Family is basis for the reality show "19 and Counting." They keep having kids and think nothing is wrong with that. Their 19th child was 15 weeks or three months premature. The baby named Josie was one pound and has some health problems.

Now Rob and Michelle want to keep having children. Is there anything wrong with this? Some might say no and some might say yes. Here is the thing about this, with their 19 child being premature and barely making it after being three months premature there are some concerns with continuing to have children. I understand that people want to have children, but is there a point in which you should stop?
“The risks of additional pregnancies start to go up dramatically after four,’ warns Dr. Jeffrey Richardson, a Ventura, Calif., obstetrician who had practiced for more than 30 years.”

“Postpartum hemorrhage, dysfunctional labor, preterm labor and early miscarriage are all risks.”
These risks are significantly increased after four children according to a post on the MOMania section of AJC.com.

According the post, the Duggars decided to have as many children as God would allow after Michelle had a miscarriage from being on the pill. But there are other contraceptives besides the pill. One miscarriage seems like a poor reason to not use contraceptives. How about using condoms? I bet that never crossed their mind or it certainly seems that way.

I am not usually one to rain on someones parade, but the fact is that you need to know when to draw the line. It seems like the Duggars don't need seem to know when enough is enough. Its sad that they will continue to have more children with such known health risks. Their three month premature daughter Josie with health issues should be a reality check for them. But it doesn't seem that way. 19 is not enough and probably not even the Duggars when enough will be enough. Kudos to them for taking care of all of these children and providing for them, but there has to be a time when they say they are done with having children. But I wouldn't be surprised if they have another five even ten more children if this is their outlook on having children.

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