How THIS IS US Revealed Ben and Erin Napier’s Baby Name Before Her Birth

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How THIS IS US Revealed Ben and Erin Napier’s Baby Name Before Her Birth

By Movieguide® Staff

Ben and Erin Napier, best known for their television series HOME TOWN recently introduced their new baby, Mae, to the world.

Though the Napiers themselves did not announce her name to the public before her birth at the end of May, it still found a way to make it to television.

The Napiers are friends with actor Chris Sullivan, who stars as Toby in the NBC series THIS IS US. In a recent episode, Sullivan’s character was writing down a list of baby names and included “Mae” in the line up.

Erin explained it all in an Instagram post:


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Erin also said that Mae’s middle name was on the list, but for now, the Napiers are keeping that name a secret.

The couple consider’s Mae’s arrival to be nothing short of a miracle.

As Movieguide® previously reported:

“We’re very, very blessed,” Erin told PEOPLE. “I think it’s really wonderful to have a sibling if it’s possible. And we didn’t know if it was possible.”

However, the future of Ben and Erin’s family was not always certain.

In 2017, Erin became pregnant with their first daughter Helen. However, in 2014 doctors discovered that Erin had a perforated appendix and had to get surgery. Although the surgery successfully repaired the issue, doctors warned Erin about her ability to carry a baby to full term.

“I was really, really scared. They said I could likely get pregnant but told me it could be difficult to carry a baby full-term,” Erin explained. “I was terrified to even try, because what if I can’t, and then I’m just devastated? What if we try, and something awful happens and it’s this tragic loss for us?”

The potential complications led Erin and Ben to think about the pregnancy as a process. They were hesitant to celebrate when Erin became pregnant with Helen.

“When it happened with Helen, I felt incredibly relieved with that first step: ‘Well, I am pregnant. It doesn’t mean that I will have a baby.’ You have to accept that part of it when you have some strange health issues,” Erin said. “It’s an incredibly sensitive process—that’s why we kept it a secret forever. Literally, tomorrow wasn’t promised, and it felt best not to make a fuss. It’s such a tender subject.”

Despite Helen coming three weeks early, the baby was healthy and made Ben and Erin excited for their second daughter.

With Mae’s arrival, the Napiers are blessed with a healthy second baby, and Mae will have a cool fun fact to share about herself when she gets older.