The Little Couple star Dr. Jennifer Arnold is preparing for parenthood with husband Bill Klein. On last season’s finale, the pair shared their heartbreaking miscarriage on the show and their wishes to adopt a special needs child, including babies who are born with dwarfism.
A neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, Dr. Arnold opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the benefits of Cord Blood Registry. She goes on to talk about her journey toward motherhood and the upcoming season of The Little Couple.
CBS: Tell us about teaming up with Cord Blood Registry. What do parents-to-be need to know?
JA: “As a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, I work with the sickest, most premature babies that come into the neonatal intensive care unit. I want to help educate expectant parents about the value of cord blood stem cells, options for donating or saving the cells for family use, but far too many are simply thrown away as medical waste.
These cells have been used for more than 20 years as treatment for certain cancers and blood disorders and they are being researched as potential therapies for conditions like CP and autism.
Even though I am a neonatologist, I was not fully aware of all the research and therapeutic benefits of cord blood stem cell transfusions. And for some families diagnosed with a disease that is treatable with stem cells, Cord Blood Registry has a program offering free banking for qualified families, the Newborn Possibilities Program.”
CBS: Tell us about the upcoming season of The Little Couple. What can we expect to see in the new season?
JA: “We are thankful to all our fans, and we hope you’ll join us this spring when we are back on the air. We have already started filming. Our new season premiere will be at the end of April.
You’ll continue to see the progress of Bill’s pet store and our own journey to have a family of our own. Thank you to all who have supported us through our journey to grow our family! We know, sadly, we are not the only ones going through struggles and challenges in becoming parents.”
CBS: On last season’s finale, you and Bill shared your heartbreaking miscarriage on the show. Additionally, you shared your hopes to adopt a child with special needs. Any news to report?
JA: “Like many other families seeking to have children, we are learning as we go, first learning about infertility and going on to consider other methods of having a child. Even though I’m a doctor, I still had many questions—like any other hopeful parent and there are things I’m learning every day.
We hope by watching our show, others going through similar struggles find hope to keep going. We appreciate everyone rooting for us and we hope you join us for the next season.
We are not the first couple to go through this, so we are no experts. Consider what you want for yourselves and continue to educate yourself about all things parenting. When adopting or looking at IVF and/or surrogacy, the decision to save those newborn stem cells may be the only perfectly matched biological resource you have, so becoming educated on the value of saving those cord blood stem cells is very important.”
CBS: Are you hoping for a boy or a girl? Does Bill have a preference?
JA: “We want a happy, healthy child. Either or both would work for us.”
CBS: What is your best advice for couples who are struggling with fertility?
JA: “I would recommend keeping all options open. To become a parent is the goal, no matter whether that happens through IVF, surrogacy, egg/sperm donation, or adoption. Every family must educate themselves on each of these options and decide what is right for them. You never know where your journey to parenthood may take you.”