Longtime fans of the Duggars might remember when Michelle and Jim Bob announced they were expecting their 20th child on NBC’s Today Show in November 2011. Tragically, the couple learned at the 20-week ultrasound that Michelle had miscarried.
“I don’t see a heartbeat,” Michelle’s doctor said during a heart-wrenching episode of 19 Kids & Counting. The medical professional dated the pregnancy at roughly 17 weeks’ gestation, based on measurements taken at the time.
On Dec. 11, 2011, Michelle delivered her stillborn daughter. A memorial service was held three days later to honor the miscarried baby girl, whom Michelle and Jim Bob named Jubilee Shalom Duggar.
A recording of Michelle reading a letter to the daughter she lost was played at the memorial service honoring Jubilee. In it, the grieving mother revealed the meaning behind her name.
“Dear Jubilee,” the letter began, “Mommy wanted to write a letter to her precious baby girl. You know, your name — Jubilee Shalom Duggar — means ‘joyful celebration of peace.’ We were so thankful to God when we found out that we were expecting you.”