It’s a boy for Married At First Sight stars Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner!
The couple— who starred on the very first season of the show (and are the only ones who are still together from that season)— welcomed son Hayes Douglas on Wednesday. The baby was born at home, due to Jamie and Doug not wanting to go to the hospital for the delivery during the C0VID-19 pandemic.
Hayes weighed in at 9 lbs., 4 oz. and measured 21 inches at birth.
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35 wks & It’s official!!! We are having a HOME BIRTH!🤰🏼…I may deliver him right here in my very own tub.👶🏼🌈 If anyone has advice re: birthing without pain medication I would be so THANKFUL if you share with me!🙏🏻 Prior to this decision my birth plan was one word: EPIDURAL.😂 Now I’m birthing him without any option for pain meds! I’m confident I can do it 💪🏼 but I’ll take allllll the tips you have bc I *need* them!🤰🏼👏🏻💗 …To be very honest, if this pandemic never came there’s not a chance I would’ve ever considered a home birth.🙅🏼♀️ I didn’t know a lot about them and as a Labor & Delivery nurse I learned the safest place to have your baby is in the hospital. ….but then COVID19 came.😬 We weighed every single option and thoroughly RESEARCHED. I prayed and meditated and just asked for signs🙏🏻 … and the other day when I met with my midwife I just *knew* a home birth is going to be safest and best for us during this time.🤱🏻 Doug and I shared more about it with @people today (I’ll put the link in my bio if you wanna watch us chat about why we think home birth is best for us). PS so many people think my belly looks small – it’s gotta be the angle of the bump pics BC OHMYGOSH!!! HE SEEMS SO BIG TO ME!🥵
Jamie had been very vocal about her struggle to become pregnant, both before and after the birth of their now-two-year-old daughter Henley. She suffered several miscarriages, as well as the 2016 second-trimester loss of a baby boy, whom they named Jonathan. Since announcing the pregnancy in September 2019, Jamie and Doug have kept their fans up-to-date on the baby with nearly daily updates.
Jamie even went livestreamed some of her labor with Hayes on Wednesday. She went Live on Instagram while lying on her bed with Doug and having contractions. Jamie allowed her 624,000 followers to watch as she groaned and powered through the contractions. Hayes’ actual arrival was not shown on the Live, though, and Jamie apologized to her fans for that.
“I’m sorry I wasn’t able to go ‘live’ longer – I was in so much pain during contractions and this labor happened so fast!” Jamie later wrote on Instagram. “I wanted to really focus on my breathing and being one with my son. Within 6 hours he was OUT!”
Doug posted some photos of the birth to his Instagram account before congratulating Jamie on Twitter.
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He’s Here!! So proud of @jamienotis for how unbelievably brave, amazing, determined, and loving she was today! It was an intense but somewhat magical day of bringing Hayes Douglas Hehner into the world, less than 6 ft from our bed 🤯🙃😁 . The resemblance to @henleygracehehner is crazy, but more importantly, baby and mom are doing amazing & perfectly healthy👏🏼 . Our Midwife Dina and her assistant/dula Simone were incredible, and really made today a stress and worry free day! It felt like the world was forcing us to make one of the most difficult decisions of our lives in having a home birth or going to a hospital…. Little did I know it would be one of the most memorable and happiest days of my life! . This picture was taken minutes before Jamie pushed him out, caught him in her arms, and brought him up to her chest to say hello for the first time! . This was my game face!! 😁🤷🏼♂️🤙😉 . Welcome to the world Hayes Douglas Hehner! . Thank you @people for the amazing article (Link in my Bio!) . . . #dadlife #babyboy #hayesdouglas #momlife #marriedatfirstsight #couplescam #mafs #amazing #sohappy #healthybaby #family #hotmarriagecoolparents
“So proud of you @JamieNOTis – I can’t imagine pushing 9 lbs. 4 oz. of anything out of me, and you took it like a champ! (I knew you could do it!) This now means I cannot complain about any ailment ever again.”
Last month, Jamie— who is a labor and delivery nurse—revealed on Instagram why she and Doug decided to go with a home birth with Hayes. (Henley was born in a hospital and Jamie got an epidural for that birth.)
“To be very honest, if this pandemic never came there’s not a chance I would’ve ever considered a home birth,” Jamie wrote in a post. “I didn’t know a lot about them and as a Labor & Delivery nurse I learned the safest place to have your baby is in the hospital. ….but then C0VID19 came.
“We weighed every single option and thoroughly RESEARCHED. I prayed and meditated and just asked for signs … and the other day when I met with my midwife I just *knew* a home birth is going to be safest and best for us during this time.”
Jamie and Doug were one of three couples featured on the first season of ‘Married At First Sight’ in 2014. While both of the other Season 1 couples ended up divorcing, Jamie and Doug celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in March.
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This year we didn’t do anything to celebrate our anniversary bc we are in self quarantine. We didn’t exchange gifts or have anything special planned. It kinda just snuck up on us. • And honestly, it was kind of depressing to let the day go by and not do anything to recognize it. When we went to bed that night I told Doug I wish we had done *something* to celebrate our anniversary. I don’t need fancy gifts or extravagant dates but I mean, we didn’t even eat dinner as a family. To be honest, we barely even kissed all day.🤦🏼♀️ • Sooo you can imagine how shocked I was last night after we put Gracie to bed when Doug told me to “get dressed up for a date!” • I just melt when he does things like this. He’s always thinking outside the box.🥰 • Not gonna lie, it was the first time I brushed my hair and put some lipstick on in a couple days. It felt so good to get dressed up with no where to go…And dance in our bare feet right in our kitchen.☺️ • We’re on day 3 of quarantine now after flying back home and so far NO SYMPTOMS for any of us!🙏🏻 So thankful for that!!!💗 We’re staying tucked away for another 11 days just in case though.👍🏼 Hope you’re staying SANE inside..🤪 So far, so good for us!🥰 • #mafs #marriedatfirstsight #quaratineandchill #selfquarantine #happyanniversary #marriedlife #husbandandwife #anniversarydate #covid19 #coronavirus
Jamie is the host of the Married At First Sight: Unfiltered.
You can watch some of Jamie’s livestreamed birth here. (Don’t worry, it’s a Safe For Work video.)
UPDATE! Several days after the birth of their son, Jamie and Doug announced that they have decided to change his name from Hayes to Hendrix.
“WE HAVE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! We changed our sons name,” Jamie wrote on Instagram. “We filled out his birth certificate & have officially changed it from Hayes Douglas to Hendrix Douglas. We couldn’t decide between Hayes and Hendrix our whole pregnancy. We ended up going with Hayes, but the moment I pushed him out & brought him to my chest I almost blurted out, Hendrix!”
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WE HAVE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!👶🏼🌈💙 We changed our sons name. We filled out his birth certificate & have officially changed it from Hayes Douglas to Hendrix Douglas.🥰 We couldn’t decide between Hayes and Hendrix our whole pregnancy.😬 We ended up going with Hayes, but the moment I pushed him out & brought him to my chest I almost blurted out, “Hendrix!”☺️ My whole pregnancy we struggled finding the “right” name for our precious baby boy. We had @sj_strum who’s a baby name expert from Europe come on our podcast and share some names and meanings … she revealed to us that Hendrix is loosely tied to Johnathan.👼🏼 As many of you know, our first born son’s name is Johnathan. I delivered him at 17 weeks & he went straight to heaven to be our little angel watching over us from above.🙏🏻 I never used to believe in spirits really, but I know in my heart that Johnathan is with us …I mean, I can *feel* him and he sends so many signs.👼🏼💙 This first photo was one of the last ones I had with Hendrix in my belly…it wasnt a “professional” shoot – it was just taken in our backyard. You can see the light shining down from above directly over my belly.🤰🏼 Then the second photo was on our baby moon. The day we woke up for our maternity shoot there was a double rainbow!🌈🌈 we couldn’t even believe it! Since I lost two pregnancies prior to conceiving Hendrix, he is considered a double rainbow…and rainbows always remind me of Johnathan. The last sign was the day I was due with Hendrix. I had to go to the midwife for a check up and on the way home there was a random rain storm that had a rainbow! I was driving and couldn’t snap a photo but I wish I had just pulled over to grab one!🤦🏼♀️ It was so incredible!🥰 I mean, what are the chances?! I could chalk it up as coincidence, but I really don’t think so! Call me crazy, but I know our angel baby sent us this sweet rainbow baby. He’s telling his parents he’s been watching over Hendrix (and Gracie) and will continue to do so.😭🙏🏻👼🏼 We are so happy to honor our angel baby & name our newborn son a name that is affiliated with his….even if it is in a very uncommon way.👶🏼💙🌈
(Photos: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images; Instagram)