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Trigger warning: This article discusses stillbirth and baby loss
Maya Vander has opened up about her stillborn baby's cause of death.
The real estate agent and star of Netflix's hit reality show Selling Sunset, sat down with most of her fellow cast members and host Tan France, who asked her about her devastating loss.
The 39-year-old was pregnant during season five however Maya’s son, whom she named Mason, was stillborn at 38 weeks in December last year.
She shared the heartbreaking news with her followers on Instagram alongside a picture of a memory box containing the baby clothes she took home from the hospital.
Maya said she decided to share the heartbreaking news because her pregnancy would be featured in the then upcoming season of Selling Sunset.
In the reunion episode, which dropped on Netflix on Friday, Maya revealed Mason died from a ‘freak accident’ in the womb.
The autopsy report showed the baby had “a bad accident with the [umbilical] cord”.
Maya received support from her co-workers as she described the four and a half months that have passed since her baby’s death.
She also thanked the cast for being supportive when “sh*t hit the fan”.
Maya said: “Everybody was so kind there and I know life happens. We’re filming reality. We don’t know how things will happen. I was 38 weeks, and apparently, it was a freak accident.”
She added: “I’m doing much better and I have my husband, he’s amazing. My kids are great. They keep me going. I work and I’m busy so… I don’t have time to sit and cry all day long.
"I have my moments. You know, we all do. That’s part of grief. Just taking this opportunity to, I guess, raise the voice for stillbirth and pregnancy loss.
"I feel I’m inspiring women and I think it helps a little bit for other women to know that they’re not alone.”
Maya and her husband David Miller welcomed their son Aiden in April 2019.
She announced her second pregnancy during the second season and gave birth to her daughter Elle Madison in 2020.
Maya has been open about her fertility struggles, revealing on the show that she had two miscarriages before giving birth to Aiden.