James Van Der Beek and his wife, Kimberly, recently welcomed their fifth child, a baby girl named Gwendolyn, and while his initial announcement photos looked pristine and perfect, the 41-year-old actor drew back the curtain on the family's home birth experience a few days later. He shared a photo on Instagram with a warning in the caption to just "move on" if you're squeamish, because he served up some birth "realness."
The photo shows a shirtless James holding his new baby skin-to-skin while his son, Joshua, dressed as Spider-Man, stands in the background. James called out the chaos surrounding him in his caption, identifying the messy bed, the unused vomit bag, the birthing tub, a towel on the floor, a water bottle, and oh, Kimberly's placenta in a mixing bowl. Yep, that's about as real as it gets.
He followed up this photo by sharing a peaceful shot of Kimberly holding Gwendolyn, to make up for the one with the "placenta in a mixing bowl." All jokes aside, it's refreshing to see such a real look into a home birth. It may end up being chaotic and messy, but as James's photo proves, there's a beautiful result.