Hospitals are so sterile! James Van Der BeekHis wife, Kimberly Van Der BeekCelebrities have welcomed their babies home over the years, as has more.
Kimberly gave rise to baby No. 5 in the safety and comfort of her and the Dawson’s Creek alum’s bedroom in June 2018. The actor shared a photo of the post-birth scene and titled it “Home-Birth Realness.”
“Word of caution, if you’re squeamish, just double-tap and move on,” the Connecticut native, who shares Olivia, Joshua, Emilia, Annabel and Gwendolyn with the former consultant, wrote via Instagram at the time. “Messy bed. Plastic sheeting beneath old sheets. An old towel was crumpled on a floor. Vomit bag (unused). Inflatable tub for birth (also unused). Shirtless Dad. Boy in Spider-Man pajamas Happy, healthy baby. Happy, healthy mother in her own shower shortly after giving birth. Water bottle. And … placenta in a mixing bowl. (I warned you).”
Not every celeb’s home birth has been intentional, however. July 2019, Bachelor in Paradise’s Jade RoperBrooks was her baby boy.
“I got in the bath just to relax and we were going to go to the hospital [but] all of a sudden, the labor contractions sped up and got so intense,” the Bachelor alum told Entertainment Tonight the following month. “I remember walking by the mirror and looking at my face and the change of my body … and I was like, ‘This is serious.’ The moment I realized that we weren’t going to make it to the hospital, I was, like, screaming. It took my pain to a whole other level because it became fear. … I’m, like, hunched over, clenching this bench, [my husband], Tanner [Tolbert]Is calling 911 and [the paramedics] got there in six minutes.”
Tolbert chimed in, “I could see the whole head [before they came]. He was crowning. I was there alone [and saw] a head of hair, and I was like, ‘Oh, my God, this is actually going to happen.’”
Roper experienced postpartum PTSD after the emergency birth, describing her “flashbacks” and “intrusive thoughts” during a May 2021 TodayShow appearance. After breaking down to BacheloretteAlum, she sought hypnotherapy assistance.
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