James Van Der Beek has revealed his wife Kimberly secretly gave birth to their sixth child naturally after suffering two heartbreaking late-term pregnancy losses.
The actor, 44, announced the arrival of their son, a baby named Jeremiah Van Der Beek who was born on their family ranch.
'Humbled and overjoyed to announce the safe, happy arrival of Jeremiah Van Der Beek (We've been calling him Remi, btw - not "dinosaur"),' the Dawson's Creek actor began in an Instagram post announcing the birth on Monday.
Meet Jeremiah: James Van Der Beek has revealed his wife Kimberly secretly gave birth to their sixth child naturally after suffering two heartbreaking late-term pregnancy losses
In his post, Van Der Beek described seeking the help of a doctor in Texas who diagnosed the last two pregnancy losses as being caused by an 'incompetent cervix.'
After a 'simple surgical cerclage' was performed, Kimberly gave birth naturally.
The actor said they decided to keep the pregnancy news to themselves after the devastating pregnancy losses.
Van Der Beek continued in his post: '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.
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'But 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).
'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.
'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.
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In his post, Van Der Beek described seeking the help of a doctor