James Van Der Beek reveals wife Kimberly secretly gave birth to sixth child

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. 

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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.    

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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.  

‘We’ve been calling him Remi’: The actor announced the arrival of their son, a baby named Jeremiah Van Der Beek who was born on their family ranch

TLC: Kimberly tenderly held her newborn child  

Proud papa: Van Der Beek rested with his slumbering newborn son

‘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.

Baby love: James’ children fawned over the newest addition to their family 

So sweet: The tot was embraced by his family 

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’

‘(ps – 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) Life is beautiful.’

Kimberly previously revealed that she thought she was going to die after suffering two miscarriages in seven months.

She admitted her baby losses in November 2019 and June 2020 were ‘incredibly difficult’ to cope with and left her so ill, she was not sure she would make it through.

‘I’ve had, actually, five miscarriages total, but the last two were significant in that they hospitalised me. Those were incredibly difficult, emotionally and physically,’ she told Entertainment Tonight.

New addition: The couple share Olivia, 11, Joshua, nine, Annabel, seven, Emelia, five, and Gwendolyn, three

Not the same: James and Kimberly tied the knot during an intimate ceremony in Israel in 2010, but the Covid-19 pandemic prevented them from celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary last August

‘I just felt like I was going to pass. I didn’t know that I was going to live through it. It became pretty dark,’ Kimberly continued.

‘I just have faint glimpses of what happened with James, because I kept losing consciousness. He was there giving me comfort, and love, yeah, just a rock.’ 

Van Der Beek was largely in the public eye at the time they endured their miscarriage in 2019.

At the time, he was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars.

‘My wife Kimberly went through every expectant parent’s worst nightmare – we lost the baby,’ he said on the show as he revealed the miscarriage. ‘The little soul that we had expected to welcome in our family took a shortcut to whatever lies beyond.’ 

James and his family recently moved to Texas after Kimberly’s five miscarriages and the death of his mother Melinda Weber.

Kimberly told Austin Life: ‘We had just been through a crazy year; with two late-term miscarriages, my body was still healing and it was hard for me to walk around at that point.’ 

The business consultant confirmed she had only been out of hospital for a few months when they left for Austin, and was feeling exhausted. 

James revealed he always wanted a big family and in fact told Kimberly during one of their very first conversations.

‘You did say when you first wrapped your arms around me that you felt all the babies we were going to have together, I just didn’t know how many babies that meant!’ the mother-of-five quipped. 

In addition to Jeremiah, James and Kimberly share Olivia, 11, Joshua, nine, Annabel, seven, Emelia, five, and Gwendolyn, three.

The couple tied the knot during an intimate ceremony in Israel in 2010, but the Covid-19 pandemic prevented them from celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary last August.

‘You felt all the babies we were going to have together’: James revealed he always wanted a big family and in fact told Kimberly during one of their very first conversations

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