On Sunday, Van Der Beek (who has starred in a lot of other projects by the way, but we’ll never forget Dawson’s Creek) announced that he and his wife Kimberly had welcomed a baby daughter named Gwendolyn.
“Thrilled to announce we welcomed a brand new baby girl into the world Friday morning, just in time for #FathersDay,” the 41-year-old actor posted on Instagram. Gwendolyn joins older siblings Olivia, 7, Joshua, 6, Annabel Leah, 4, and Emilia, 2.
From the photo we can see that Van Der Beek was very involved in the process, as he sits shirtless, nestling his newborn daughter in his arms…while she is potentially still attached to the placenta that sits at their feet in a stainless steel bowl.
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 ????)
Van Der Beek cautioned his followers that they may find the image of the afterbirth confronting, because of the mess and the “placenta…in a mixing bowl.”
Despite the disclaimer, the photo received almost universal support.