By Nancy Flanders
Just one day after their pregnancy surprise video went viral, YouTube couple Sam and Nia turned the camera back on to share their heartbreak over losing their baby. The miscarriage came as a complete shock to the couple who were beyond thrilled to learn they were expecting child number three.
Their adorable pregnancy announcement video was different from any other since Sam was the one who told Nia she was pregnant. He snuck a sample of her urine onto a pregnancy test and could hardly believe his eyes when the test showed two little lines signifying a positive result. The sweetness continued as he was so excited to be the one to tell his wife she was pregnant instead of the usual vice versa.
But within days, their joy turned to grief as Nia experienced her first miscarriage, and the couple felt the pain of losing a baby.
Then Sam and Nia decided to use their pain to do God’s work and reach out to other parents struggling with the same grief of child loss through miscarriage.
“We were so happy. And we were just laughing […] We were just so overjoyed. And it was like a huge celebration. And then it just, bam, it just hit us like a bomb,” Nia said in the video called Our Baby Had a Heartbeat. “And those of you who have experienced miscarriage before, I can relate now. I have felt my womb empty out. I never, ever, ever knew that women felt that way.”
Nia told viewers that the hardest part was the feeling of emptiness and knowing that her baby is gone.
“I just hope this video continues to be a way for God to shine His light to the world through us,” said Sam. “This is a time when, especially the U.S., needs that light and God knew that, and this video is just getting so big. […] this baby came along, made us happier than we can remember. […] She came and made the biggest difference in our lives.”
This little baby has already made a big difference to millions of people, too. Over 12 million have viewed the couple’s first video, and after only three days, their heartbeat video has garnered nearly three million.
After they lost the baby, Sam and Nia both held their two children, and Nia describes feeling her daughter’s heartbeat as she slept and thinking about how a similar heartbeat was once inside her womb.
Sam and Nia note that this is the first time they have truly grieved together and the experience has brought them closer. They say they mourn along with all other parents suffering miscarriages, and that they will continue to try for more children and grow their family.
Editor’s note. This appeared at liveactionnews.org and is reprinted with permission.