Party of five! James Van Der Beek welcomed his fifth child with his wife Kimberly on Friday June 15, and the Dawson's Creek actor took his followers behind the scenes of the couple's home birth. In a very graphic post, James explained what goes down when you decide to welcome a child in the comfort of your own home — and spoiler alert: it's not glamorous.
"The category is: Home-Birth Realness," he captioned a pic of himself holding his newborn daughter Gwendolyn alongside his six-year-old son Joshua. "Messy bed, Plastic sheeting underneath old sheets, Old towel crumpled on the floor, Vomit bag (unused), Inflatable birthing tub (also unused), Shirtless Dad Boy in Spider-Man pajamas. Happy, healthy baby. Happy, healthy Mom in her own shower right after giving birth. Water bottle and... placenta in a mixing bowl." He did start the post with a word of caution to the squeamish but just in case... WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE AHEAD!
Despite the vivid imagery, fans of the former heartthrob did praise him for being open about the experience. "Thank you for posting this beautiful photo! Any type of birth is beautiful! Home birth is truly special," one follower wrote before another added, "WOW so incredibly beautiful. This speaks volumes for the man you are. What a beautiful family." A third chimed in, "Van Der Beek the goat."
James' daughter Gwendolyn joins her older brother Joshua, and her three sisters, Olivia, 7, Annabel, 4, and Emilia, 2. This is also not the first home birth for James and Kimberly. In 2012, Kimberly detailed how she decided to avoid a hospital delivery with her son, even though he was breech. "I truly believe a woman should be able to plan to birth where and how she is most comfortable. In order to make such a decision, it’s crucial to have options," she wrote in a blog. "In a day where the surgical route is readily available, it is equally important that women have the option of planning for a natural birth, as well."
If you're still wondering why there is placenta in a mixing bowl, Kimberly could be planning on saving the afterbirth and eating it in pill form to help with issues such as post-partum depression. It can also be made into a salve to help with c-section scars or cracked nipples. The more you know.