James Van Der Beek and Wife Kimberly Expecting Baby No. 6

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James Van Der Beek wife Kimberly expecting baby no. 6
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James Van Der Beek had reason to celebrate his Quickstep Monday night (Oct. 7) on Dancing with the Stars, after revealing that he and his wife Kinberly are expecting their sixth child.

The “Dawson’s Creek” actor took to Instagram following the show to share that the family is “thrilled.”

“Thrilled beyond belief to announce that another little bundle of joy has picked us to be their family, he wrote.

Then the actor went on to elaborate as to why they chose to reveal the news on television. After suffering multiple miscarriages, both James and Kimberly want to bring awareness to miscarriage and destigmatize it.

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“We chose to have our first ultrasound on camera with our #DWTS crew capturing the result – something I NEVER thought we’d ever do… but @vanderkimberly and I have been through three of those first appointments to discover either no heartbeat, or no baby, and she wanted to share this moment.”

He continued, “Miscarriage (a word that needs a replacement – nobody failed to “carry”, these things sometimes just happen) is something that people rarely talk about, and often go through in secret. But there needs to be zero shame around it, or around giving yourself the time and space to grieve. We decided to put ourselves out there – not knowing what we’d find – in an effort to chip away at any senseless stigma around this experience and to encourage people who might be going through it to open themselves up to love & support from friends and family when they need it most. Happily, for us – this time- we walked out with tears of joy. #AndThenIDancedAQuickStep.”

The new baby will join siblings Emilia (3), Annabel (5), Olivia (9), Gwendolyn (1) and Joshua (7).

Congratulations to the growing family.

 

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Thrilled beyond belief to announce that another little bundle of joy has picked us to be their family. We chose to have our first ultrasound on camera with our #DWTS crew capturing the result – something I NEVER thought we’d ever do… but @vanderkimberly and I have been through three of those first appointments to discover either no heartbeat, or no baby, and she wanted to share this moment. Miscarriage (a word that needs a replacement – nobody failed to “carry”, these things sometimes just happen) is something that people rarely talk about, and often go through in secret. But there needs to be zero shame around it, or around giving yourself the time and space to grieve. We decided to put ourselves out there – not knowing what we’d find – in an effort to chip away at any senseless stigma around this experience and to encourage people who might be going through it to open themselves up to love & support from friends and family when they need it most. Happily, for us – this time- we walked out with tears of joy. #AndThenIDancedAQuickStep. • Pic by @jilliangoulding

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