November 28, 2021
James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly ‘overjoyed’ to welcome sixth baby after 2 pregnancy losses

Shock: The Van Der Beeks have added one other toddler to their household!

On Monday, the Dawson’s Creek alum, 44, introduced on Instagram that he and his wife Kimberly welcomed their sixth baby collectively, a son named Jeremiah Van Der Beek.

James shared the thrilling information alongside a number of images of the new child and his household. The actor and his wife are already mother and father to son Joshua, 9, and daughters Gwendolyn, 3, Emilia, 5, Annabel, 7, and Olivia, 11.

“Humbled and overjoyed to announce the safe, happy arrival of Jeremiah Van Der Beek ❤️ (We’ve been calling him Remi, btw – not “dinosaur” 🥰),” he begins the prolonged caption. “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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James explains that he and his wife discovered a physician in Texas that recognized the final two pregnancy losses as “having been caused by an: ‘incompetent cervix.’ “

“A simple surgical cerclage was done, removed at full-term, @vanderkimberly gave birth naturally on the ranch… and here we are,” he shares. “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,” James provides, happening to thank “everyone in our community” for his or her help and honoring of their privateness.

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“Life is beautiful ❤️,” James concludes the submit.

The household’s transfer to Austin earlier this 12 months got here after the couple opened up about their heartbreaking back-to-back pregnancy losses, with Kimberly struggling a miscarriage at 17½ weeks in June 2020, lower than a 12 months after dropping one other baby boy 17 weeks into the pregnancy in November 2019.

Following the miscarriages, James and Kimberly partnered with the American Red Cross to increase consciousness and encourage blood donations.

“My life was on the line,” Kimberly instructed PEOPLE in Could. “What saved my life was blood transfusions, people who donated blood. Without them, I probably would not be here.”