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Dawson's Creek star James Van Der Beek welcomes sixth child with wife Kimberly

Dawson's Creek star James Van Der Beek welcomes sixth child with wife Kimberly

Dawson's Creek alum James Van Der Beek announced the birth of his newest son Jeremiah, with his wife Kimberley, opening up about their previous miscarriages.

The couple already share five children: 11-year-old Olivia, 9-year-old Joshua, 7-year-old Annabel, 5-year-old Emilia and 3-year-old Gwendolyn.

"Humbled and overjoyed to announce the safe, happy arrival of Jeremiah Van Der Beek ❤️ (We’ve been calling him Remi, btw)," the Dancing with the Stars contestant wrote in an emotional Instagram 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."

Photo credit: Michael Kovac - Getty Images
Photo credit: Michael Kovac - Getty Images

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The post included photos of James and his wife Kimberly with their new son, and the baby being held by his brother and sisters.

"We found a doctor here in Texas who diagnosed the last two as having been caused by an: 'incompetent cervix'", he recounted. "A simple surgical cerclage was done, removed at full-term, [Kimberly] 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."

Van Der Beek joked about the "misogynistic old dude" who must have come up with the term 'incompetent cervix'.

"Each child brings their own energy, their own manifestation of consciousness, their own lessons," he continued. "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."

Photo credit: STEFANIE< KEENAN QWZZ] - Getty Images
Photo credit: STEFANIE< KEENAN QWZZ] - Getty Images

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He ended the post on a hopeful note, writing: "Life is beautiful ❤️"

Actor Charley Koontz, who starred alongside Van Der Beek in CSI: Cyber after rising to prominence in Community, sent his well wishes in the comments. "Congratulations pal!" he wrote. "One step closer to fielding that softball team! Health and love to your whole big brood!!"

The comments were also filled with fans sharing their own experiences of loss, and thanking the couple for sharing their journey and giving people "so much hope".

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

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Since the miscarriages, the couple have been working with the American Red Cross to encourage more people to donate blood that can save lives during medical crises.

Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby. You can contact the Sands National Helpline on 0808 164 3332, or email helpline@sands.org.uk.

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