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I have watched every season of Married at First Sight since it first aired in July 2014 to 2016 on FYI and now on Lifetime since 2017. In some of the seasons, the subject of having babies might have come up in some of the conversations, but not nearly as much as in this season when the couples have not even decided if they will stay married.
With only a few more weeks before Decision Day, having babies might be a deal-breaker for the majority of the couples for various reasons.
Let's review what the couples are saying about wanting or not wanting to become parents.
Chris and Paige
In Season 12, the subject of having babies came up as early as during one couple's ceremony. In fact, the minister mentioned when he introduced 27-year-old Chris Williams to 25-year-old Paige Banks that Chris wanted to have a honeymoon baby.
Chris talked about having babies at their reception before he got to know Paige. Then in just a few episodes later, viewers learned that Chris is having a baby with his ex-fiancee. The mother of the child appeared on the show and the three of them discussed the situation. Chris decided to get a divorce from Paige long before Decision Day, but he kept going back and forth with his decision.
Viewers saw Paige pack up and leave the apartment alone, but a sneak preview of Decision Day shows that Chris and Paige did show up to give their official decision.
Ryan and Clara
Ryan Oubre, 29, and Clara Berghaus, 27, have not consummated their marriage after several weeks. Clara is frustrated because of Ryan's reluctance. Ryan keeps giving her reasons why he is waiting. He says he wants to make sure the connection is there before consummating their marriage.
Even though the couple hasn't practice having a baby, there has been much talk about having babies and how to raise them as far as religion is concerned. Ryan wants them to attend the same church that he attends. Clara, who doesn't go to church herself, wants her children to choose their own religion.
This couple hasn't come to terms with legitimately being husband and wife, yet they are bickering over their children's religion.
Erik and Virginia
Erik Lake, 34, and Virginia Coombs, 26, do not see eye to eye about the timeline for having a baby. In fact, Virginia doesn't think she will be a good mother. Erik wants to have children right away, but Virginia wants to continue partying and drinking with her friends.
It is quite clear that Virginia wants to act as though she is still single instead of settling down 100 percent to be a full-time wife and mother. Therefore, it is hard for her to agree with Erik to start a family right away.
Erik actually told Virginia, “If you do not want kids, I’m out.” We will find out on Decision Day if he really meant it.
Vincent and Brianna
Vincent Morales and Brianna Miles, both 28, are doing well in their marriage except when it comes to the possibility of having a baby. Brianna has confessed on several occasions that she is fearful of giving birth. She is concerned about what pregnancy will do to her body.
Brianna and Vincent have agreed with each other and compromised on other issues except having children.
Jacob and Haley
Haley Harris and Jacob Harder's conversations haven't been dominated by baby talk because they are having a difficult time relating to each other. They just can't get on the same page about their marriage.
So, having a baby is not on either one of their radars at this time. That might not be an issue on Decision Day for 28-year-old Haley and 38-year-old Jacob because it seems as if all roads are leading them to divorce.
Experts Should Have Done Better
Experts are not responsible for how marriages work out on Married at First Sight, but they do have the responsibility of vetting the couples properly so they do not match people who are not on the same page about sex, babies, religions, and other areas that make two people compatible.
Apparently, they did not do a good job of matching three of the couples on Season 12 who clearly are not in agreement about parenting. That is such a major issue in a marriage not to be taken for granted.
Hopefully, sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz, relationship counselor Dr. Viviana Coles, and marriage counselor Pastor Calvin Roberson will do a better job vetting the next cast for Married at First Sight.