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!
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The category is: Home-Birth Realness. (Word of caution, if you’re squeamish, just double-tap and move on 👍) 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 ✔️ (I warned you 😬)
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."
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Thrilled to announce we welcomed a brand new baby girl into the world Friday morning, just in time for #FathersDay 😍 These last few days, as I’ve enjoyed the privilege of making smoothies I know my older kids will like, making my wife red raspberry leaf tea to ease her uterine contractions, spending “boy time” with my son and getting my two year-old down for a nap in the way only I know how… I’ve been heart sick about something. As I write this, kids are being ripped from the arms of their parents. By our government. For the kid’s benefit? No – the opposite – as a purposeful display of cruelty to deter would-be illegal border crossers AND legal asylum seekers (it’s happening to both). And it wouldn’t be honest to wax poetic about my new-baby bliss without speaking up against this atrocity. If we allow our government to de-humanize fathers, and mothers, and children in the name of defending our borders… we’ve lost a huge part what makes those borders worth defending. And even if you don’t believe in karma, or in extending basic human decency to people who didn’t win the geographic birth lottery… even if you’re hard-liner enough to say, “Break the law, suffer the consequences,” shouldn’t the punishment at least fit the crime? And if you’re still cold enough to say, “Well, it’s effective,” consider this: This heinous practice was put into place by our own attorney general (who justified it with a cherry-picked Bible verse), and our president blamed rivals before tweeting his list of legislative demands to be met before he stops it. Regardless of how you feel about immigration, or a wall, or this president… if we say we’re okay with our government using human rights violations as a deterrent or as a bargaining chip… what happens when we find ourselves on the wrong side of the agenda? Either in this administration or the next? This should not be a political issue – it’s a human one. A crime against humanity is a crime against us all. More info in link in my bio. Oh, and @vanderkimberly – you’re a f*cking earth goddess rock star and I’m as in awe of you as I am in love with you. And our new baby’s name is Gwendolyn ❤️ #HappyFathersDay everybody.
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.