After suffering a miscarriage in June, Married at First Sight star Jamie Otis is opening up about her loss in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Jamie and her husband Doug Hehner lost their baby boy at four months along, and now, she's taken to Instagram to share her story.
"October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. I can't sleep well tonight so I blogged about my sweet boy, Johnathan Edward. I realize there is a great stigma associated with sharing photos of your baby who was born too early and has already gone to heaven, so I want to say sorry if this offends you," she opened her note alongside the black-and-white photo above. "However, if there's one thing my husband has taught me it's this: 'Don't live life trying NOT to offend anyone and trying to please everyone.'"
Although this is something many women choose not to talk about openly, Jamie is using her platform as a reality star in the public eye to show women who have been in the same situation that they are not alone.
She continues, "I hope by me sharing my sweet boy, Johnny (as Doug and I call him), you'll realize that he's a harmless, helpless baby who deserves to be remembered, not hidden away because his image may offend someone. And if you've lost your baby early, please know that you're not alone. Unfortunately, one in four women are affected by this. Yet, no one talks about it. I hope this can change. I'll be the first in my circle. You be the first in yours. My prayers go out to everyone who has lost their sweet baby too early."
We very rarely see photos of the baby after a miscarriage, but Jamie wants to change these societal norms and she's starting with her photo. After sharing the photo, Jamie opened up about what motivated her to do so. "I've realized that there are SO many women who have experienced a similar loss and feel so isolated from it," she told Entertainment Tonight. "It wasn't until I blogged [that I realized that] so many women feel the same way as me. It's taboo to share photos and talk about miscarriage."
"I really want to desensitize this topic," Jamie said. "I want to show [other women who have miscarried] that they aren't alone, and I want to give them a space where they can share their sweet baby who was taken from the world too early. I hope by me sharing my story and my son, Johnny, it helps women who have gone through similar circumstances or who are going through a loss now."
And by doing this, she's making sure her son is never forgotten.