James Van Der Beek Baby Girl Olivia Photospread PEOPLE Magazine

Meet Dawson’s Daughter!

Dawson’s Creek actor James Van Der Beek introduced his baby daughter to the world in her first magazine photoshoot this week. The divorced actor became a first-time father on Sept. 25, when his second wife, Kimberly Brook, gave birth to their baby daughter Olivia. The Van Der Beeks posed for photos with Little Olivia in a cuddly shoot on the pages of the new issue of PEOPLE Magazine.

James and Kimberly confess that Olivia was named after an “olive tree in Israel” that served as a romantic spot during the courtship of her Mom and Dad.

James On Choosing Olivia’s Name: “She looked like an Olivia. There’s an olive tree in Israel that’s special to us. We spent time under it when we first met in Israel, then we went back to this tree when I was pregnant.”

Kimberly adds, “We spent time under it when we first met in Israel, then we went back to this tree when I was pregnant.”

James On Olivia’s Delivery: “We were one of those couples who was all about natural birth. We had the right doctor, we had the right doula (birthing assistant) 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.”

Kim On Labor: “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.”

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