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James Van Der Beek ‘humbled and overjoyed’ as he announces secret birth of sixth child


Congratulations to the Van Der Beeks (Picture: Getty/Instagram/ vanderjames)

Actor James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly have welcomed their sixth child together.

The star of teen drama Dawson’s Creek said he was ‘humbled and overjoyed’ to announce the arrival of their son, who they have named Jeremiah and call ‘Remi’.

It comes after Kimberly suffered two late-term miscarriages, one of which happened while James was competing on Dancing With The Stars in 2019 and almost saw Kimberley die in the process.

In a lengthy post on Instagram, the 44-year-old wrote: ‘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.

‘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) [sic].

‘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.’

The Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 star, who is based in Texas, shared the news alongside a series of photos of the newborn and his family, with the tot being held by his older siblings.

The actor, who played Dawson Leery in six seasons of Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2003, said each child ‘brings their own energy, their own manifestation of consciousness, their own lessons’.

The couple’s rainbow baby follows two miscarriages (Picture: Instagram/vanderjames)
James with his new son, Jeremiah (Picture: Instagram/vanderjames)

He added: ‘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.’

Van Der Beek, 44, married Kimberly in 2010 in a small ceremony in Tel Aviv, Israel.

They are also parents to Olivia, 11, nine-year old Joshua, Annabel Leah, seven, five-year-old Emilia and Gwendolyn, three.

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