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Surprise! James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimerbly have secretly welcomed their sixth child.
Sharing the news to Instagram, the 44-year-old former Dawson’s Creek star announced the safe arrival of their newborn boy. The baby news comes following two past miscarriages.
“Humbled and overjoyed to announce the safe, happy arrival of Jeremiah Van Der Beek ❤️ (We’ve been calling him Remi, btw – not “dinosaur” 🥰),” wrote the now father-of-six.
“After experiencing late-term #pregnancyloss twice in a row (both at 17+ weeks), we kept this one quiet. Truthfully, I was terrified when I found out.”
James, who also shares Olivia, 11, Joshua, 9, Annabel, 7, Emilia, 5, and Gwendolyn, 3, with Kimberly, 39, went on to explain the cause of the previous two miscarriages.
“We found a doctor here in Texas who diagnosed the last two as having been caused by an: “incompetent cervix” (I asked him what kind of misogynistic old dude invented that term and he laughed – which made me like him even more. Now it’s called a #WeakenedCervix),” explained the Varsity Blues actor.
“A simple surgical cerclage was done, removed at full-term, @vanderkimberly gave birth naturally on the ranch… and here we are. The medical books say to only look at a cerclage as an option after three late-term losses. Our doctor recommends considering it after one. Spread the word.”
James contined: “Each child brings their own energy, their own manifestation of consciousness, their own lessons. The ones we lost each gifted us with different pieces of the puzzle… leaving us that much more grateful for the ongoing master class we get to enjoy with this sweet, wise little one.”
James Van Der Beek and his wife, Kimberly welcome their sixth child, Jeremiah Van Der Beek.
James also thanked the people who knew of this pregnancy for respecting their privacy.
“To everyone in our community – both local and extended – who knew about our journey and honored our desire for privacy… thank you. May that respect and karma come back to y’all 1000-fold 🙏”
The Dawson’s Creek alum signed off, writing: “Life is beautiful ❤️”
And baby makes six! Congratulations to the Van Der Beek family.
James and Kimberly married in 2010, the couple opened up about their pregnancy losses in November 2019 and June 2020.
In 2019, James was a contestant in the US series of Dancing With The Stars when he shared with viewers his wife had suffered a miscarriage.
Seven months later in 2020, James took to Instagram to write about another heartbreaking loss, this time Kimberly was 17 weeks into her pregnancy.
“After suffering a brutal, very public miscarriage last November, we were overjoyed to learn we were pregnant,” he began his post.
“This time, we kept the news to ourselves. But last weekend, once again, 17 weeks in… the soul we’d been excited to welcome into the world had lessons for our family that did not include joining us in a living physical body.”
After two late-term pregnancy losses, James was “humbled and overjoyed” to announce the arrival of Jeremiah, affectionately nicknamed, Remi.
The couple’s pregnancy loss last year was Kimberly’s fifth miscarriage in nine years.
In 2018, after the couple had suffered their third miscarriage, James called for another word to describe a pregnancy loss.
In a heartfelt post to Instagram he wrote: “First off — we need a new word for it. ‘Mis-carriage,’ in an insidious way, suggests fault for the mother — as if she dropped something, or failed to ‘carry.’ From what I’ve learned, in all but the most obvious, extreme cases, it has nothing to do with anything the mother did or didn’t do. So let’s wipe all blame off the table before we even start.”
With one in four pregnancies ending in miscarriage, sadly too any couples face this loss. One which James describes as a pain that “will tear you open like nothing else.”
“It’s painful and it’s heartbreaking on levels deeper than you may have ever experienced,” he explained.
“So don’t judge your grief, or try to rationalize your way around it. Let it flow in the waves in which it comes, and allow it its rightful space. And then … once you’re able … try to recognize the beauty in how you put yourself back together differently than you were before.”