They literally brought a smile to the Internet’s face this week with their highly original pregnancy announcement which went viral receiving close to 11 million views since its release four days ago.
However Sam and Nia have since revealed the heartbreaking news that they suffered a miscarriage since making the video.
In an emotional and incredibly brave video, Our Baby Had a Heartbeat, they spoke of their pain at their terrible loss.
“I’ve never experienced what Sam and I went through last night. We really, for the first time in our marriage and in our relationship, grieved together,” explained Nia.
Describing how she felt after the loss may help other women going through this harrowing experience feel less isolated:
“I stood up and I just felt empty. That’s the hardest part – knowing that it’s really gone. There’s no question.”
Though exact figures for miscarriage are difficult to quantify, studies estimate that between 10 and 20 percent of pregnancies may end in miscarriage. Many parents who experience this loss navigate the grief alone:
“I wish more of us would tell our stories. Our stories of longing, of loss. I know they are not happy stories, but hard ones. But I really think these stories would have helped me seven years ago on that October morning when a little screen spelled the end, when it all went black,” writes author and blogger, Aidan Donnelley Rowley.
“Now I realise that what we see is never the whole story. When people see me skipping down the sidewalk with my silly girls, they do not know that I lost my first baby, that I cried for months, that I would go on to suffer multiple chemical pregnancies before welcoming my first child. They do not see the pain that still lingers in my cells and in my soul, a faded pain yes, dulled by the miracle of time and little girls, but a permanent pain.”
In their video Sam speaks about his loss:
“It makes me appreciate my children more. I looked at both of them in a different light,” he said.