Channel 4’s Married at First Sight is one of our ultimate guilty pleasure shows. So much so that we had to check out where all of the couples from this year’s series of the UK show are now - and see how many of them decided to remain in their ‘scientifically-perfect’ sponsored_longforms.
But, while we were a tad underwhelmed by the results (literally none of the Married at First Sight 2016 couples are still… well, still married), it seems as if it does have some success stories; just check out Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner.
The New Jersey couple were complete strangers when they first said ‘I do’ on the US version of the show. But, despite going through a few rocky patches, they decided to stay together – and even renewed their vows after their first year of marriage.
Now the couple have confirmed that they are expecting a baby later this year, after suffering a miscarriage in 2016.
Speaking to People, Otis – who is due in August – said: “Doug and I have been praying and not so patiently waiting to have our rainbow baby since we lost our firstborn, Jonathan Edward, in July 2016.
“We are feeling so blessed and truly thankful for this little miracle growing inside of me. Being a mother has been a long awaited dream of mine. It goes without saying that Doug is going to be the best daddy ever. We cannot wait to meet Baby Hehner this coming summer!”
The couple also shared their news on Instagram, posing under an arch of rainbow balloons with a photo of their ultrasound scan.
“Our sweet Baby Hehner is due this August,” they wrote.
“Our first born son – Jonathan – [is] looking down from Heaven [and] taking care of his little sister / brother.”
Last July, Otis, 30 — who found out she was pregnant again on her first baby’s December due date — and Hehner, 33, shared the devastating news on social media that they had lost their first son at four months along.
“Our Baby Hehner was just too beautiful for earth. I love him so much — ALWAYS will — and can’t wait to meet him in heaven one day. Please pray for us,” Otis wrote on Instagram at the time.
Otis has since worked hard to remove the stigma surrounding miscarriage and stillbirth, frequently blogging about her experience in a bid to encourage others to speak up about their own grief.
“Miscarriage is a taboo topic in our culture—that's something I want to change,” she wrote for Woman’s Day. “The minute you mention that you've had a loss, you can see in the other person's face that they want to run because it's the last conversation they ever want to have. They don't want to discuss it at all. Then you don't want to bring it up because you don't want to make anyone uncomfortable.
“It's such a controversial topic because the only people who are willing to talk about it is the people who've experienced it. You can talk about the death of a father, a grandfather, or even, unfortunately, an older child, and people respond because it's someone they knew. More people have gone through that type of loss. They've felt the pain and they understand it.
“The father of a living child understands the pain the mother goes through if that child passes, but when it's an expectant mother who has miscarried, no one knows what that feels like except that mother of the unborn child.”
Otis also offered some advice to people who don’t know how to comfort women going through a miscarriage.
She wrote: “For the person trying to find the right words, simply saying, ‘I've never been there, I have no idea how you're feeling, but if you ever want to talk about anything, I'm here’ is enough.
“Listening and holding her when she's crying and missing her child is enough. Those are the most comforting things you can do. Don't try to fill the silence with a bunch of words. Don't expect the woman to be better after a conversation, or a few days, or even a couple of weeks. It doesn't happen.”