Jose Fernandez’s Girlfriend Opens up About Giving Birth While Grieving

Perhaps the worst thing about hearing a young man has suddenly died is finding out he was about to become a daddy.

And that’s how baseball fans felt when Jose Fernandez – a star pitcher for the Miami Marlins – died in a boating accident in Florida in September. Soon after the news broke, reports emerged that his girlfriend Maria Arias was pregnant with their child. She has kept a low profile since then, but now she is speaking out about their relationship and motherhood.

Maria Arias on a beach.
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How did Maria Arias make sure Jose Fernandez was a part of their daughter’s birth?

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post,,, and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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