Over the weekend, Fox 29 news anchor Kerry Barrett welcomed her first son, John Jay Barrett IV, into the world. Barrett IV weighed a healthy 6lbs 15oz. This is Mrs. Barrett’s second child with her husband, John, who is a pilot for the New Jersey National Guard.
During an interview with Fox news, Mrs. Barrett said “For most of the last year and a half I’ve been pregnant, and miscarried every single time.” Her second miscarriage started 30 minutes before she went on air for the 10 ‘o clock news. None of her colleagues knew she was pregnant, and Mrs. Barrett bravely went on with the show. Sadly, she lost the baby that night.
Mr. Barrett stated “You have the first and then the second and now we are in phase where maybe we aren’t able to have more kids.” The couple was very devastated however they refused to give up hope. They received medical attention from fertility specialist, Dr. Scott Edwards, at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Edwards discovered that there were no signs of abnormalities and both parents were found to be completely healthy. This news puzzled the couple. Mrs. Barrett could not understand why she had difficulty carrying a baby since she was in great health. She was put on a course of drugs to hyper-stimulate her ovaries, and immediately became pregnant with twins.
The first ultrasound found that the embryos were abnormally small. Mrs. Barrett admitted that she felt responsible because she wasn’t eating as much as she should’ve been. Mrs. Barrett decided to increase her food intake, hoping it would help the pregnancy. She said “I stuffed myself thinking it was my fault that the babies weren’t growing. And then when we went back the next week, they hadn’t grown anymore and the heartbeats had stopped.” Unfortunately, it didn’t help. She had to have the fetuses surgically removed, and subsequent tests showed the babies had a relatively common chromosomal abnormality called Triosomy 18.
The couple admitted that the emotional toll from the miscarriages put an enormous strain on their marriage. However, Dr. Edwards encouraged the couple not to give up hope. He insisted that there was still a reasonable chance Mrs. Barrett may have a successful pregnancy in the future. Well, he was right. In August 2013, Mrs. Barrett got pregnant again, carried the baby to full term, and John Jay Barrett IV was born!
See the adorable pictures of the couple’s new bundle of joy HERE.