James Van Der Beek names his daughter after tree in Israel

Published: December 21st 2010
in Culture » Society

Van Der Beek with wife, Kimberly Brook and daughter Olivia

Dawson's Creek star James Van Der Beek has introduced his baby daughter to the world in her first magazine photo shoot for People.


The actor and his partner, Kimberley Brook, became first time parents on September 25. In the article that accompanies the People magazine spread, the couple opens up about how they picked their daughter's name.


He tells the publication, "She looked like an Olivia. There's an olive tree in Israel that's special to us". Brook adds, "We spent time under it when we first met in Israel, then we went back to this tree when I was pregnant."


Van Der Beek also reveals that Brook suffered a traumatic labor, being forced to abandon her dream of having a completely natural birth.


He says, "We were one of those couple who was all about natural birth. We had the right doctor, we had the right doula and the right nurse at the hospital. Kimberly did it as naturally as she could, but at the end of the day we were very glad we were in the hospital".


Brook adds, "It was four and a half hours of pushing,” the 28-year-old business consultant recalls. “I was going for no drugs, but after pushing for two and a half hours, I was like, ‘OK.’ I was dilated to nine for a few hours and I wasn’t going any further – she switched her position at the last minute and wasn’t coming up from under my pelvic bone. The labor was tough but you forget about it the second they put her in your arms.”


Follow James’ tweets about his daughter Olivia @vanderjames

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