'Little Couple' Surrogate Has Miscarriage
November 02, 2011
Season four of TLC's The Little Couple has documented the ups and downs of Dr. Jennifer Arnold and her husband Bill Klein's attempts to have a child via a surrogate mother. On last night's season finale, the couple's joyful anticipation turned to sadness when they found out the surrogate mother suffered a miscarriage.
Both Jen and Bill have a bone disorder called skeletal dysplasia that led them to seek the surrogate mother due to potential pregnancy risks for Jen.
After filming a visit to the doctor and receiving happy news that the embryo transfer was successful, Bill was notified that the surrogate had lost the pregnancy and had to contact his wife, who was at work at Texas Children's Hospital. "I didn't want her to be the last person to find out," he told People magazine. "It was a very tough day, and Jen took it harder than she originally expected."
"I cried my eyes out," Jen told People, but she added that Bill was the "rock" who helped her get through everything. "I deal with families who lose their babies and I will cry with them, but I thought I would be stronger. Nothing can completely prepare for all that when it is about you."
The couple has vowed to continue trying to have a child, with both surrogacy and adoption as possible options. "By the next morning, I realized that I needed to try again," Jen said. She adds: "A lot of family asked, 'Do you want to go through this again?' And my answer is, yes. I would be miserable if I didn't try again."