Michelle Duggar suffers miscarriage of 20th child

(CBS) Just a month after Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" told the world they were expecting baby No. 20, the couple has announced that Michelle suffered a miscarriage.

The 45-year-old mom of 19 told People that their doctor was unable to find a heartbeat Thursday during a routine checkup to find out the baby's gender. The doctor told the couple they had miscarried in the second trimester.

"After the appointment, we came back home and told the children," she told the magazine. "We had just been talking about baby names last night and they were getting excited about naming a boy or a girl. It has been a real sad disappointment."

She said the family will chose a name when they find out whether the baby was a boy or a girl, and plan to hold a funeral service.

Jim Bob told Us Weekly, "Michelle is resting comfortably at home with the support of the entire family. We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, but ask for privacy during this difficult time."

This was the couple's second miscarriage - Michelle also had a miscarriage during her second pregnancy. The family's website says she was taking oral birth control at the time, and cites that as one reason the couple decided to leave their family planning up to God.


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  • by Leslie Location: Paducah, KY on Dec 9, 2011 at 11:54 AM
    Michelle, Jim Bob and all of Your Wonderful Children, God will bring Blessings thru difficlut times in our lives, I am praying that He makes Himself as real to you now as ever to bring your family even closer together. You guys are such a sweet, loving family and you have shown that to the world and God will continue to Bless you for that. THANK YOU for being who you are in HIM and not letting the worldly "life" get in the way. I love you all... In HIM.... Leslie Hibner Paducah, KY
  • by melissa Location: Lansing, MI on Dec 9, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    This is so sad, no matter how many kids she has

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