Duggar Women: Are They Working as Midwives … Without Licenses?!

For the most part, Duggar women are very strongly encouraged to eschew careers in favor of devoting their adult years to child-rearing.

There is, however, a short list of money-making endeavors that they’re permitted to pursue.

At the top of the list is midwife work, which is one of the few professional avenues open to Duggar women.

(The other one is flipping cars or otherwise assisting in one of Jim Bob’s many business ventures, but this is only permissible until such time as the woman finds a suitable sperm donor.)

So Jill Duggar has continued working as a midwife even after tying the knot with Derick Dillard.

Insiders say Jana Duggar recently followed in her sisters’ footsteps and is now delivering babies in and around her native Tontitown, Arkansas.

And like Jill, it seems that Jana has yet to obtain the proper licensure.

The Duggars have long taken a rather libertarian approach to state and local ordinances.

For example, Jim Bob has pissed off his neighbors numerous times by basically ignoring zoning regulations.

Of course, delivering babies is a pretty high stakes procedure, so the Duggars’ neighbors are a bit less forgiving of the alleged gaps in Jill and Jana’s training.

To be fair, no one is claiming that the women didn’t receive any kind of training at all.

It’s just that it appears they went through the sort of un-regulated faith-based program that the Duggars prefer for, well … everything.

“This is hands-on apprenticeship style,” Jill once said in reference to her training.

“So we are really getting in there and getting to experience what the midwifery and doula roles look like, hands-on.”

Jill defenders have frequently pointed to the above photo, which does show Jill proudly displaying a certificate to work as a midwife.

But the photo doesn’t tell the whole story.

Jill is holding a Certified Professional Midwife’s competency license, which is very different from a Certified Nurse Midwife license, generally considered the standard in her field.

So she and Jana might be able to work as midwife’s assistants, but they’re not qualified to perform such work on their own.

The situation has attracted a considerable amount of controversy in recent weeks for a number of reasons:

1. Jill’s midwifing mentor, Vanessa Giron, is currently being sued by a mom who claims she nearly died during her deliver.

(Sources say Jill was on hand for the delivery.)

On top of that, it’s now rumored that several other Duggar daughters are beginning careers as midwives.

Needless to say, this situation may not resolve itself as quickly and quietly as the Duggars are hoping.

Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard Post "Sexy" Selfie, Get Flirty on Instagram

Prior to marriage, members of the Duggar family are forbidden to engage in any sort of physical contact with members of the opposite sex.

But after they tie the knot — something strange happens.

No, we’re not talking about the fact that the Duggars immediately begin churning out babies like they’re trying to start their own infant football team.

That’s expected in a family in which children are taught from a young age that their only reasons for being are procreating and praising God.

The surprising part is that married Duggars go from “side-hugs” and timed hand-holding sessions (a maximum of 15 seconds) to packing on the PDA on social media.

Now, they’re still the Duggars, so they tend to prefer especially chaste public displays of affection, and the whole thing always seems both calculated and oddly showy.

It’s as though the goal is to send the message that despite all the bizarre rules they lay on their kids and the many Duggar sex scandals, Jim Bob and Michelle’s adult children are actually perfectly well adjusted when it comes to sex.

The latest members of the Duggar clan to send the message that they’re not asexual fundamentalist androids — despite rumors to the contrary — are Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard.

Jill and Derick posted the above selfie this week, along with the following caption:

“Had fun this weekend with this girl!� Derick wrote in his Instagram caption.

From there, Der went on to promote his and Jill’s website:

“Checkout some fun pics of our adventures at www.dillardfamily.com. @jillmdillard you’re my favorite, and I love you more each day! Merry Christmas!�

“You’re my fave,� he added.

The post is interesting for a number of reasons, not the least of which is all their recent promotional efforts and sponsored content have bolstered the rumor that Jill and Derick are broke.

As In Touch Weekly points out, the pic attracted a number of bizarre comments.

Many fans noted that this photo was more provocative than what we usually see from Jill and Derick.

Some took issue with Derick’s backwards hat (“this isn’t working”), and at least one person thinks Jill and Derick look like brother and sister:

“When a beloved married couple live together and share everything,” the follower wrote.

“They start to look alike and one is the others soulmate to complete tasks… You both are evolving… LOL.â€�

That “LOL” at the end doesn’t negate the creepiness that preceded it.

As usual, many commenters had little interest in the pic and wanted to talk about unrelated Duggar gossip.

“Is your sister Jana gay?” one fan asked.

“Cause that ‘FAMILY FRIEND’ seems to be always next to Jana. I think this is another family secret that your family doesn’t want to spill.

Yes, there have been rumors of Jana being gay for quite some time now.

But something tells us Jill won’t be eager to offer up the scoop on that.

The Duggars: Do Jim Bob & Michelle’s Kids Have Any Friends?

For the most part, growing up with 18 siblings sounds like a nightmare.

The lack of bathroom access alone would be reason enough to run away from home.

But we suppose there are some upsides, too — like the fact that you really never have to worry about companionship.

After all, with that many siblings, you’re sure to get along with at least one of them, right?

Of course, the problem with raising and homeschooling an army of kids in a rural environment is that they don’t have much incentive or opportunity to branch out and form relationships outside the family.

Which may be why fans are convinced the Duggar kids never bothered to make any friends.

Take a look:

1. So Many Duggars

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The Duggars are a sizable clan, and they’ve been growing at an astonishing rate in recent years, as Jim Bob and Michelle’s kids are marrying and starting families of their own.

2. Sisters/BFFs

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Several members of the Duggar clan paired off in childhood with siblings who remain their best friends in adulthood.

3. Jill and Jessa Forever

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Jill and Jessa Duggar, for example, have been close friends for their entire lives.

4. Better Than Besties

Michelle jessa and jill duggar
Jill and Jessa have a bond that goes beyond friendship, and it was only strengthened when they both faced the challenges of new motherhood together.

5. And They’re Not the Only Ones …

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There are other pairs of close Duggar friends, including twins Jana and John David, who are said to enjoy such a close bond that they can communicate without speaking.

6. Not the Same

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But some fans have argued that sibling relationships don’t fill the same needs as friendships, and the Duggars’ isolation has had a profound effect on their social development.

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Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard Net Worth: Are They REALLY Broke?!

It’s been almost a year since Derick Dillard was fired from Counting On after launching a bigoted social media attack against a fellow TLC star.

Shortly thereafter, Jill Duggar quit the show as a gesture of solidarity.

That means, of course, that Jill and Derick have two kids to raise and no visible means of support.

Derick recently enrolled in law school, and while that may translate to decent earnings somewhere down the line, it still doesn’t answer the question of how the Dillards are paying the bills these days.

The situation has prompted several and media outlets to do some digging into the Dillards’ financial situation — and we think you’ll be very surprised by the results of their investigations.

Take a look:

1. Jill and the Dill

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By all appearances, it’s been a rough couple years for Jill and Derick … and yet, the couple doesn’t appear to be struggling financially.

2. What’s Going On Here?

Jill and derick selfie
So how is it that two young parents are able to live comfortably and assume the additional financial burden of law school tuition with no apparent difficulty?

3. Financial Planning

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Well, it seems Jill and Derick may have done some serious saving during their time as reality stars.

4. The Big Bucks

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Cast members on Counting On reportedly earn between $25,000 and $40,000 an episode.

5. Mystery Money

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It’s unclear where Jill fell on that scale, but since she and Jessa were once considered the stars of the show, it’s safe to assume she was pulling in 40 k.

6. Derick, on the Other Hand

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As a non-Duggar, however, Derick probably earned in the $25,000 range.

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Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard: Is It REALLY Over?!

For years now, fans have been speculating on the possibility of Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard getting divorced.

It sounds crazy — after all, the Duggars very strongly disapprove of divorce — but then again the family has never had to deal with an in-law like Derick before.

For quite some time, insiders have concurred that the Duggars simply don’t like Dillard.

The reports of Derick cheating on Jill remain unconfirmed, but sources say Jim Bob and Michelle are angry with their daughter’s husband for even putting himself in a position where infidelity might seem plausible.

And of course, there are the other reasons that the Duggars aren’t huge fans of Derick’s, chief among them is his bizarre attack on Jazz Jennings, a transgender teen and fellow TLC star.

While the Duggars agree with Derick’s bigoted views, they typically like to keep the uglier aspects of their belief system under wraps, and Dillard violated a cardinal rule with his social media tantrum.

“They don’t like what he is doing,� a source told OK! magazine at the time.

“[Jim Bob and Michelle] aren’t a fan of what he says and how he says it.�

All of this is to say that the Duggars might be a bit flexible on their staunch anti-divorce views when it comes to Derick.

And based on the family’s latest social media activity, some fans think Jill and Derick are well on their way to calling it quits.

Over the weekend, the Duggars held an ugly Christmas sweater party.

It seems this is a new tradition for the Counting On clan, and everyone turned out sporting their garish red-and-green best.

Well … almost everyone.

As many fans pointed out, it appears that Jill attended the event solo.

As the other Duggars posed with their spouses, Jill opted to take a photo with her sister Jessa.

The official explanation from the Duggars is that Derick was studying for finals.

(Dillard is currently a law student at the University of Arkansas.)

Other insiders have claimed that Derick generally steers clear of Duggar family events due to friction with Jill’s parents.

Of course, Michelle and Jim Bob are currently in Honduras for a missionary trip, so that excuse doesn’t quite hold water.

So is it possible that Jill and Derick are actually headed for divorce?

We’ll keep an eye on the situation, but if there’s really trouble in fundamentalist paradise, you can bet the Duggars will go to great lengths to keep the split under wraps.

Jill Duggar Defies Jim Bob’s Rules, Has Secular "Movie Date" With Sons

One of the nice things that we can say about Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard is that they break Jim Bob’s rules.

Now, Jill is letting her sons watch a Christmas movie that’s about as secular as you can get while, you know, being about Christmas.

She’s having the “date night” with her sons while Derick is off studying for finals.

Israel dillard speaks to jill duggar

In a video that Jill Duggar shared with her fans, she has a “date night” with her boys.

“Getting ready to make some popcorn, yay!” Jill says in an attempt to drum up enthusiasm.

Neither Israel or Sam seep especially jazzed during the video.

They have pretty good excuses, though.

Israel apparently just awoke from a nap, so he seems a little out of it.

And Samuel is, um, a literal baby, just rolling around on the kitchen floor one a onesie. Like babies do.

Samuel dillard in a onesie on the floor

Once Jill announces that they’ll be watching “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Israel seems interested.

In fact, he sounds downright impatient for the film to begin.

(Remember, children perceive time differently than adults do — a few minutes can stretch on for them but pass in the blink of an eye for us)

Jill tells him that they’ll make popcorn first.

Samuel seems pretty indifferent to all of it. But, again, he’s just a baby.

Israel dillard on youtube

Derick is not present in the video.

Jill explains that he is at a coffee shop studying for his exams.

Derick, as you may recall, is now a law student.

In addition to concerns about him possibly using his degree to become the opposite of a civil right’s attorney, fans note that this leaves Jill to parent alone for hours on end.

But hey, at least this way he’ll have a real job and he and Jill won’t need to beg fans for donations.

Jill and derick selfie

What was particularly interesting about this is Jill’s choice in a movie for her boys.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” is a CGI film named after the classic song by the same name.

According to Wikipedia, the premise is: “Young Mariah desperately wants a puppy for Christmas but her parents are not convinced that she should have one.”

The plot continues: “They agree to let Mariah dog-sit the puppy Jack and if she can take care of Jack then she can have a dog of her very own.”

None of that has anything directly to do with Jesus.

As we said, it’s about as secular as a movie about Christmas can be.

Jill loves derick

This flies in the face of Jim Bob’s mandate that his family not consume secular entertainment.

And, honestly, it’s a relief to a lot of fans who hope that the Duggar grandchildren will have a shot at a normal life.

Their parents never had a chance, but maybe they will — even if notorious transphobe Derick Dillard is their dad.

This isn’t the first time that Israel and Sam have gotten to enjoy something that wasn’t “on message.”

Jill and Derick have also allowed their chlldren to watch the popular cartoon, Peppa Pig.

Derick dillard and jill duggar on tlc

Notably, Peppa has been controversial even in the secular world.

In Australia, an episode was pulled because the spider-friendly message that was important in the US and UK could be dangerous for Aussie children.

And China has banned certain videos of Peppa Pig on the grounds that the show’s imagery has been co-opted as a “gangster” symbol.

Still, the show is popular because it’s mostly wonderful for very young children to watch.

It’s great to see that Jill and Derick are opening up their kids to new experiences.

Having faith can be wonderful, but it is not a betrayal to enjoy media that is unrelated.

We will say that it’s kind of funny to watch people watching Christmas movies when it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.

Perhaps a lack of entertaining children’s movies about Thanksgiving is to blame.

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The Duggar Family Is Worth a TON of Money … And Here’s How They Earned It

It should come as no surprise that the Duggar family is worth a lot of money.

But what many fans may not realize is that not all of the Duggar fortune comes from their reality TV empire.

After all, television audiences are fickle, and future success can be hard to predict.

Jim Bob is well aware of this, and since it’s part of his belief system that God favors the wealthy, the Duggar patriarch is doing everything he can to stay in his creator’s good graces by keeping his pockets fat — by whatever means necessary:

1. The Counting On Clan

The duggar family a photo
The Duggars’ reality show remains a popular fixture on the TLC schedule.

2. Looking to the Future

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But those profits need to be divided many different ways, and the family has been in the business long enough to know current success is no guarantee of future success.

3. Living Large

All the duggars almost
The Duggars certainly aren’t struggling. Despite having many, many mouths to feed, Jim Bob and Michelle own several properties in Arkansas, including the 7,000-foot “compound” in which they reside.

4. The Plane Truth

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The Duggars have also purchased two private aircraft. JB and Michelle’s son John David is a licensed pilot.

5. Jim Bob Moneybags

Jim bob duggar and michelle duggar picture
All told, Jim Bob is estimated to be worth roughly $3.5 million.

6. Always Hustling

Michelle duggar and jim bob duggar
A sizable chunk of change, but when you consider the size of his brood (now up to 20 with recent adoptee Tyler), it’s easy to see why the pious patriarch isn’t resting easy …

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The Duggar Family Is Worth a TON of Money … And Here’s How They Earned It

It should come as no surprise that the Duggar family is worth a lot of money.

But what many fans may not realize is that not all of the Duggar fortune comes from their reality TV empire.

After all, television audiences are fickle, and future success can be hard to predict.

Jim Bob is well aware of this, and since it’s part of his belief system that God favors the wealthy, the Duggar patriarch is doing everything he can to stay in his creator’s good graces by keeping his pockets fat — by whatever means necessary:

1. The Counting On Clan

The duggar family a photo
The Duggars’ reality show remains a popular fixture on the TLC schedule.

2. Looking to the Future

Jim bob and johannah
But those profits need to be divided many different ways, and the family has been in the business long enough to know current success is no guarantee of future success.

3. Living Large

All the duggars almost
The Duggars certainly aren’t struggling. Despite having many, many mouths to feed, Jim Bob and Michelle own several properties in Arkansas, including the 7,000-foot “compound” in which they reside.

4. The Plane Truth

John david duggar flies with abbie burnett
The Duggars have also purchased two private aircraft. JB and Michelle’s son John David is a licensed pilot.

5. Jim Bob Moneybags

Jim bob duggar and michelle duggar picture
All told, Jim Bob is estimated to be worth roughly $3.5 million.

6. Always Hustling

Michelle duggar and jim bob duggar
A sizable chunk of change, but when you consider the size of his brood (now up to 20 with recent adoptee Tyler), it’s easy to see why the pious patriarch isn’t resting easy …

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