7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
World News

17 children and... still wanting more!

A US couple had a baby daughter on Thursday - their 17th child and seventh girl - and the pair say they're still not ready to give it a rest. Jennifer Danielle was born at 10:01am at a hospital in Rogers, Arkansas, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said in an interview. "We'd love to have more," Michelle said, referring to baby girls. "We love the ruffles and lace."

Jennifer joins the fast-growing Duggar brood, who live in a 650sqm home in Tontitown.

All the children - whose names start with the letter J - are taught at home. The oldest is 19 and the youngest, before Jennifer, is almost two years old. "We are just so grateful to God for another gift from him," said Jim Bob Duggar, a former state representative.

"We are just so thankful to him that everything went just very well." Michelle Duggar said she started feeling contractions on Wednesday night and went to the hospital at about 5am on Thursday. "It actually went fast," she said. "I guess once I started progressing, it went within 30 minutes."

The Duggars have been featured on several programmes on cable television's Discovery Health Network.

The next special, the Duggar Family Album, is scheduled to air next month, Jim Bob said.

Among the "fun facts" listed on Discovery Health's web page devoted to the Duggars are: a baby has been born in every month except June; the Duggars have gone through an estimated 90,000 diapers, and Michelle has been pregnant for 126 months - or 10.5 years - of her life!

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