Jill Duggar: Still Working As a Midwife Despite Dangerous Lack of Training?!

Ever since Derick Dillard got fired by TLC after revealing himself to be a bigoted bully on social media, there hasn’t been a whole lot of cash pouring into his bank account.

The problem, you see, is that Jill Duggar quit Counting On in a show of solidarity, which means the Dillard household went from a two-income home to a zero-income home overnight.

And Derick didn’t marry into a wealthy family just to go on punching a clock like some shlub, which means it’s time for Jill start earning.

Fortunately, the mother of two has been paid to practice a skill in the past.

Unfortunately, she may not be qualified to do so and her lack of proper training might be putting lives at risk.

Longtime fans of the Duggar clan will recall that Jill has worked as a midwife intermittently over the years.

They might also recall that there’s an ongoing debate as to whether or not Jill is properly trained and licensed for such work.

Whatever the case, Jill is back at it.

She revealed this week that she’s launched her own midwife service called Labor Sit, and it seems the new venture is already off to a rousing start.

Jill posted the above photo yesterday, along with a caption reading:

“Got to help deliver this chunker the other day! Sam helped me #laborsit then napped like a champ when the time came!”

First of all, did Jill just body-shame that baby?!

(We kid, no need to call us snowflakes in the comments.)

But more importantly, is Jill qualified to even work as a midwife’s assistant, much less run her own midwife service?

The answer, as In Touch Weekly points out, is a matter of intense debate amongst Duggar obsessives. 

“She is licensed,” one fan asserted on Reddit.

“They even posted a picture of it on their blog when she passed her exam to become a CPM. She went to school for it. They talked about it on the old TV show.”

“She’s not licensed,” another retorted.

“Where you read that you have been misinformed… Also, how do you presume she got a degree when her only form of education is Bill Gothard’s ATI curriculum at Michelle Duggar’s kitchen table?”

The photo in question does show Jill holding a Certified Professional Midwife’s license, but the situation is still not as cut and dried as it seems.

As many fans have noted, Jill has only been granted a CPM competency certificate, which is different from a Certified Nurse Midwife license, generally considered the standard in her field.

That distinction requires a Bachelor’s degree, one year of nursing experience, and three years in a nurse-midwifery program – none of which has Jill obtained.

In addition to the controversy over Jill’s licensing, there’s some skepticism over the training she received early on in her career.

Jill’s earliest experiences as a midwife came under the tutelage of a woman named Venessa Giron.

Giron had her license revoked in 2015 following a botched delivery and subsequent lawsuit that also prompted her to move to a new state in order to continue practicing.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit was a new mom named Tiffany Nance who claims she nearly died during her delivery, and Giron refused to dial 911 despite the fact that a life was clearly in danger.

Jill reportedly assisted with the birth, but we’re guessing she decided to leave that particular incident off her resumé.

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Derick Dillard Slammed By Fans: Jill Duggar Is Not Your Sex Object!

As you’re likely aware, the Duggars receive a fair amount of criticism for just about everything they do.

And these days, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard seem to have the largest targets on their backs.

Often, this criticism is warranted, such as when Jill seemed to endorse abusive disciplinary techniques in a message to other moms.

Just as frequently, however, the attacks are the result of misdirected outrage, and the Dillards end up bearing the brunt of the lingering anger over her family’s legitimate scandals.

(For an example of this phenomenon, see the seething rage that resulted from a photo in which Jill put a tortilla on her son’s head as a makeshift sun-blocking device.)

Perhaps the Dillards are subjected to greater scrutiny as a result of the fact that Derick has been fired by TLC.

Not only has there been a considerable amount of thoroughly justified outrage over the comments and actions that led to Derick’s termination, but social media is now fans’ only insight into the Dillard family’s world.

As a result, followers seem more likely to comb through every post in search of a reason to get upset.

Whatever the case, the latest Dillard-based outrage is without question one of the more absurd Duggar-based controversies to date.

Earlier this week, Derick posted the above photo along with the following caption:

“My wifey @jillmdillard makes the best pre-marathon race meals! Thanks babe!”

He also added the hashtags, “#carbs, #familytime, #matchingshirts, #hogeyemarathon, and #firstmarathoninnorthamerica.”

Any guesses as to what might have stoked the flames of internet outrage? It’s a tough one!

We’ll give you a hint: the keto crowd has not come out en masse to gripe about Derick’s apparent love of carbs.

No, it seems the issue here is that the word “wifey” has joined the list of everything else on the planet as something that’s now deemed offensive.

“Never say the word wifey like ever again,” wrote one commenter.

“Wifey is a derogatory term to some. May want to look that up,” 

When one fan quite reasonably suggested that Derick probably meant it as a simple term of endearment, another shot back that he’s basically a fundamentalist pimp, subtly instructing his followers in the ways of female subjugation.

“It means a sex object, not quite good enough to be a wife,” the fan argued.

Look, we suppose it’s possible that Derick intended to degrade his wife for the benefit of his followers, but if they’re being honest with themselves, even his most ardent detractors would have to admit that’s not the most likely explanation.

No, obviously, the real outrage here is that overly-sensitive Instagram commenters are forcing us to defend Derick Dillard.

We’ll never forgive you for this, people!

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Jill Duggar Accused of Abusive Parenting Methods

Another day, another Jill Duggar parenting controversy.

If you follow Jill on social media, you know that she’s constantly being critcized for the way she raises her two sons.

Sometimes, the concerns are justified, such as when Jill had her 2-year-old son walk for over an hour alongside a busy highway to get to a Chick-Fil-A location.

On other occasions, it seems as though fans are simply making Jill the target of the anger they feel toward the entire Duggar clan.

See the time that Jill put a tortilla on her son’s head to block him from the sun as an example.

We’ll leave it up to you to determine which category the latest controversy falls into.

Jill posted the photo below on her Instagram page over the weekend.

It may seem innocent enough, and well … it probably is.

But some of Jill’s followers are outraged by what they feel is an endorsement of a much-maligned disciplinary technique.

In the past, the Duggars have expressed their belief in “blanket training,” a practice in which children as young as 6 months old are seated on a blanket and told not to move.

The childcare “experts” who originated blanket training tell parents that they should strike their child with an object if he or she moves from the blanket.

It may be a stretch, but some fans think this photo is Jill’s way of sending the message to like-minded parents that despite the ongoing controversy, she still practices blanket training in her home.

“They were raised to start hitting your baby at 6 months if they go off the blanket they actually say spanking or throwing something at them!” commented one of Jill’s followers.

“Throw something at your 6 month of baby and they also raise their children to be respectful by beating them.”

Other fans believe (quite reasonably) that there’s no reason to believe this photo is an endorsement of any single parenting technique or style.

“That’s not punishment,” countered one such follower. “Some babies like being wrapped up.”

Obviously, this seems like a case of Jill’s photos being nit-picked to death, but it’s a reminder that she comes from a family in which behaviors that would be considered abusive by most parents are still practiced every day.

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Jill Duggar Made Her 2-Year-Old Walk AN HOUR For Chick-Fil-A?!

In order to be a Duggar, one must love three things: God, procreation, and Chick-Fil-A.

We’re sure the extended version of that list would include things like “America” and “the idea that the Earth is only 6,000 years old and Jesus rode a dinosaur to work,” but it’s those top three that are really non-negotiable.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that one of the first rites of passage for young Duggar males is the tradtional Ridiculously Long Hike For Waffle Fries.

Yes, it seems 2-year-old Israel Duggar really lived up to his name recently when, like Moses before him, he took a really long walk because a higher power promised him a great reward.

Except in Izzy’s case, the authority figure was his mom, Jill Duggar, and the reward was a delicious chicken sandwich.

Jill posted the above photo today, along with a caption reading:

“Fans are up in arms today over an Instagram post in which Jill revealed that she and her boys trekked for more than an hour to get their hands on some deep-fried goodness.

“You know you’re a mom when…you walk 1hr. 10 min with both boys to get to a @chickfila  We were enjoying some beautiful Colorado Springs weather while papa was busy with the rest of the team from church!”

She added the hashtags:

“#chickfilaplayground #longwalk #ThankTheLordWeDidntHaveToWalkBack”

So the good news is, the kids had enough energy to avail themselves of the playground when they finally reached their destination, and apparently, the family received a ride back to their hotel.

But still, this post leaves us with two major questions:

1. They don’t have Uber in Colorado Springs? and

2. Jill couldn’t have snapped a selfie in which she looks less like La

Critcizing Jill’s parenting is one of the internet’s favorite activities, so naturally, Duggar detractors went all in on this post:

“The kids are not having fun. Looks like they need hats!!!” wrote one follower.

“Shade these boys… looks so hot out and an hour walk? Sheesh… I guess other parents don’t mind.”

Another echoed the sentiment, writing:

“Walking an hour w/out sun protection for fast food to serve the kiddos, by yourself, near the highway & fuel exhaust & you’re praising your mommy skills? And your fans are praising your mommy skills?”

Clearly, what Jill thought was a fun family outing was perceived very differently by many Duggar fans.

Frankly, we’re divided on the issue.

On the one hand, no one was hurt and we’re sure Jill’s heart was in the right place.

On the other hand, couldn’t Jill have just ordered food?

We know money’s been tight since Derick Dillard got fired by TLC, but sheesh, maybe be a bit more selective about where to cut corners!

Watch Counting On online for more questionable Duggar parenting practices.


Jill Duggar: Accused of Stealing Recipes & Passing Them Off as Her Own!

Jill Duggar is certainly no stranger to scandal.

In fact, it often feels as though Jill has spent the past year leapfrogging from one scandal to the next, often juggling multiple controversies at one time.

Most of these headaches have come courtesy of her husband, Derick Dillard.

As you’ve likely heard, Derick was fired by TLC recently after launching a bizarre transphobic tirade against fellow network star Jazz Jennings.

For reasons that defy explanation, Jill then quit Counting On as a gesture of solidarity.

In the months since, the Dillards have gone to great lengths to remain relevant and make ends meet.

Some of these attempts have been less successful than others.

For example, Jill and Derick have been forced to promise that they’ll stop begging for money from fans after a public outcry (and probably some stern words from Papa Jim Bob about jeopardizing the family business venture).

But that doesn’t mean the Dillards are done trying to monetize their dwindling fame.

To be fair, they don’t really have much of a choice, as Jill has never held a job, and Derick quit his accounting gig years ago to pursue reality television fame.

These days, Jill is trying to make a name for herself as a sort of fundamentalist Martha Stewart by sharing recipes and offering housekeeping tips on her personal website.

Unfortunately, no one told her that Martha created those recipes herself and didn’t just copy and paste them from elsewhere on the internet.

Yes, Jill has been busted plaigiarizing recipes and passing them off as her own.

As the folks at Romper point out, Jill first got called out when fans noticed that an identical version of “her” stuffed zucchini recipe also appeared on AllRecipes.com.

After that, the floodgates were open, and fans had a field day pointing out the various recipes that Jill had very clearly pilfered from other sources.

Visitors to the website pointed out that Jill’s recipes for slow chicken mole and riguas (which she hilariously claimed to have perfected during her time performing missionary work in Central America) were both lifted from other sites.

Jill is still a Duggar, of course, which means diehard fans will always emerge to defend her. 

“How does one plagiarize a recipe that’s been around for generations? Just curious,” asked one fan.

The answer, of course is simple:

One plagiarizes the recipe by not linking to or at least giving credit to the original source of the recipe.

Fortunately, for every defender, Jill has had at least one detractor:

“It seems most all of her photos & possibly recipes have been lifted from other sources,” wrote one partucularly irate fan.

“I think she may have a lot more work to do than just to fix one post,” the follower continued.

“If I were her, I would shut down the website entirely until it was cleaned up & the original writers & photographers w/notified w/an apology.”

Yes, that would probably be the best course of action.

But like we said, Jill is still a Duggar – and that means she doesn’t really “do” apologies.

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Jill Duggar Shares Shocking New Details Of Josh Duggar Sex Scandal

It’s been nearly three years since the world first learned that Josh Duggar molested five young girls – four of whom were his sisters – but the memory remains disturbingly fresh.

Josh’s crimes left a mark on millions of Duggar fans (many of whom are now former fans), but obviously, no one was as deeply affected as his victims.

They may be adults now, but it’s clear that Josh’s victims are still very much traumatized by his crimes.

While Josh’s sisters generally remain silent on the issue of the abuse they’ve suffered, they do so for the sake of their family’s media empire, not because they’re no longer pained by the events that took place.

Back in 2015, when Josh’s crimes first came to light, Jill and Jessa Duggar were interviewed by Megyn Kelly.

They spoke of their forgiveness for their troubled older brother and revealed that they felt he had been sufficiently punished for his misconduct.

(This, despite the fact that Josh was able to avoid criminal prosecution with the help of his parents.)

But while that may have been the last time that Jill and Jessa spoke directly on the matter, it seems they have much more to say about the abuse that shattered their childhood innocence.

In a newly updated biographical section on her family’s website, Jill opened up about a life-changing conversation that she had with her mother when she was 12 years old.

And as many fans pointed out, the discussion would have occurred right around the time Jill was violated by her trusted older brother.

“I confessed all the wrong things I could remember to my mom and God,” Jill wrote in her candid message to fans.

“I asked Him in prayer to take complete control of my life and take me to heaven when I die.”

What happened next has left many fans with deep concerns about the ways in which Jill’s parents may have exacerbated her trauma.

“Not too long after that, my dad baptized me at our church,” Jill wrote.

We’ve long known that Duggar children are taught that sexual abuse victims are often to blame for their assailants’ crimes.

But this is the first time that we’ve been made aware of exactly how Jill’s parents reacted to news of her molestation.

In the Duggars’ faith sinners who are thought to be nearly beyond redemption are often baptized a second time by a close friend or family member.

Needless to say, it’s a bit troubling that Jill was subjected to this rite, rather than Josh.

It’s yet another indication that the Duggars have successfully swept some of the ugliest details of Josh’s abuse and the ensuing scandal under the carpet.

Fortunately, those who are most appalled by the former lobbyist’s behavior are still digging deep to find the truth.

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV’s most controversial family.


Joy-Anna Duggar: Jill & Jessa Are My Mom Idols!

Last month, Joy-Anna Duggar welcomed her first child, a son named Gideon.

Becoming a parent is one of life’s greatest challenges, but fortunately, when it comes to being a mom, Joy has plenty of role models to turn to.

In a new interview with Us magazine, Joy opens up about the ways in which Jill and Jessa Duggar’s parenting skills made her more confident about starting a family of her own.

“I’ve seen their consistency and diligence and I can apply those things to my life and into my parenting,” she tells the mag.

Joy married Austin Forsyth back in May, and she got pregnant almost immediately afterward.

By contrast, her sister Jinger Duggar was married to Jeremy Vuolo for over a year before she announced that she’s expecting.

But despite the very different paths to motherhood they’ve taken, Jinger and Joy both look to their older sisters for encouragement and inspiration.

Jinger Duggar is expecting her first child at the moment, and she also says her older sisters have been instrumental in helping her prepare for first-time motherhood.

Jinger says that while she shares Joy’s respect for her sisters’ work ethic, she feels the most valuable thing she learned from her older siblings is the importance of self-care for new moms:

“If you need to take a nap or lay down in the middle of the day, don’t feel bad,” Jinger tells the tabloid.

Jinger’s exact due date isn’t known, but her pregnancy overlapped with Joy’s and she remembers that time as uniquely special:

“It’s been a really unique experience in that we’re getting to share all of the different changes that our bodies are going through and can talk about them and encourage each other. It’s definitely been nice,” Jinger reveals.

Adding to the excitement is the fact that the girls’ sister-in-law, Kendra Caldwell, is also pregnant.

Kendra married Joseph Duggar back in September of 2017, and like Joy, she commenced the business of starting a family right away.

All three women say the experience of being pregnant together has helped them form a deeper bond.

And we’re sure they’ll remain as tight as Jill and Jessa are as the years go on.

Watch Counting On online to keep up with all the courtships, weddings, and births.


Jill Duggar: Has She Cut Off Contact With Her Family?!

If you watched this week’s episode of Counting On, you got to witness the giddy joy of the Duggars as they learned that their already massive family is about to expand by one.

Yes, the entire clan learned that Joy-Anna Duggar was pregnant, but not everyone was able to receive the news in person.

Two of Joy’s sisters were informed of her big news via text message – Jinger because she’s relocated to Texas, and Jill because … well, no one knows exactly where Jill is these days.

The 26-year-old’s absence from last night’s episode had many fans wondering what could possibly compel Jill to miss something as monumental as her sister’s pregnancy announcement.

Many fans speculated that Jill is no longer living in Tontitown and may have once again left the country to perform missionary work.

Others theorized that her family has distanced themselves from Jill due to the fact that her husband, Derick Dillard, has been fired by TLC.

As is so often the case with this sort of thing, neither explanation is completely accurate … but neither is entirely without basis, either.

Currently, Jill is in Mexico with her husband and youngest son.

The family has reportedly embarked on a weeklong missionary excursion in Guadalajara.

The whereabouts of Jill and Derick’s eldest son, 2-year-old Samuel, are unknown, but it’s believed that he’s staying at the Duggar compound and being cared for by Michelle and the ever-attentive Jana.

But that’s a development of the last few days.

What fans want to know now is – where was Jill ten months ago when last night’s episode was filmed?

The answer to that question is a bit more complex.

Those who know the Dillards best say they have relocated to a smaller home in the interest of saving money.

(After all, the show was their sole source of income.)

The insiders insist that Jill wasn’t present for Joy’s announcement simply because she’s no longer appearing on Counting On.

They claim that Jill and Derick’s decision to move away from Tontitown was not the result of rocky relations with Jill’s family.

But they won’t go so far as to say all is well between the Dillards and the Duggars.

A common topic of discussion in Duggar-centric Reddit pages these days is the fact that several of Jill and Derick’s family members and former friends have recently unfollowed the couple on social media.

“The shunning begins… the Bates family have unfollowed Jill and Derick. Individual accounts unfollowing just Derick, meanwhile Ben unfollowed him, who’s next?” wrote one user.

“I predict that someone at Cross Church is going to have a ‘counseling session’ with Derick and then his account will abruptly disappear,” commented another.

“For as much as they probably agree with what he’s saying, at some point, they don’t want to be responsible for negative attention that this will invariably draw.”

“What he is doing is incredibly tacky. Twitter is not the place for personal, family or business grievances,” remarked a third.

Needless to say, all is not well between Jill and her family.

And as more Jill-free episodes of the Duggars’ reality show hit the air, you can expect fans to continue digging in hopes of unearthing the truth about just how bad the situation has gotten.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.


Jill Duggar: Criticized For Bringing Baby on Dangerous Trip!

If you follow her on social media, then you’re likely aware that Jill Duggar is often criticized for her parenting.

Sometimes the complaints are truly asinine, such as the time fans got up in arms because Jill put a tortilla on her baby’s head.

On many other occasions, however, the gripes were more legitimate, such as the time Jill was accused of endangering her children by allowing them to play near a freeway.

We guess the latest complaint falls somewhere in the middle – a bit more serious than “Mexican food as fashion accessory” but not quite as severe as “human Frogger.”

As you may recall, Jill and her husband Derick Dillard perform missionary work from time to time.

Or at least they did, until the allure of reality TV stardom lured them back home to Arkansas.

Now that Derick has been fired from Counting On and Jill has quit the show as a misguided gesture of solidarity, the Dillards have a lot more time on their hands.

Jill and Derick haven’t formally announced that they’re once again traveling abroad in hopes of winning converts, but fans noticed the couple appears in a recent photo posted by their church, which seems to suggest the Dillards are once again headed south of the border.

“Pray with us for our group heading to Guadalajara today,” reads the caption on the photo above.

The trip won’t be as long as Jill and Derick’s previous excursion, which lasted the better part of a year.

It was advertised on the Cross Church’s website as a weeklong trip, but there it seems some members of the congregation are planning to stay a bit longer.

“The week will be filled with street evangelism and building relationships to share the gospel as we help Vida Church continue reaching Guadalajara,” reads the ad.

Jill and Derick have been widely praised for their philanthropic efforts, but they’ve taken their fair share of criticism for their latest trip, as well.

For one thing, the Dillards are not licensed missionaries, a fact they received some harsh criticism for during their previous two travels.

Despite having plenty of time to do so, it does not seem that either Jill or Derick enrolled in a licensing course in the year since they returned to the States.

But the harshest complaints from fans had to do with Jill and Derick’s decision to bring their 8-month-old son Samuel on the trip.

(It does not appear that 2-year-old Samuel traveled with his parents.)

Guadalajara is commonly regarded as one of the most dangerous destinations in Mexico.

Just last month, the city was the scene of 23 murders over the course of 48 hours.

For obvious reasons, many are questioning the wisdom of the Dillards bringing their youngest son along, and some are likening it to Jill putting her son at risk for the Zika virus by remaining in afflicted areas while pregnant.

We guess the problem with criticizing the couple for every piece of ethnic cuisine they place on their son’s head is that they’re that much more likely to shrug it off when the world expresses a legitimate concern.

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