December 22, 2010 04:08:02 GMT
Beside debuting his new daughter, the actor also revealed the meaning behind her name and the birthing process.
James Van Der Beek has introduced his baby daughter to the world in her first magazine photoshoot. The "Dawson's Creek" star became a first-time father in September when his wife, Kimberly Brook, gave birth to baby Olivia.
The actor and his partner have now posed for photos with the tot in a spread for People magazine and he's opened up about how he picked his daughter's name. He tells the publication, "She looked like an Olivia. There's an olive tree in Israel that's special to us," while 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 his partner suffered a traumatic labor and she had to give up her dream of a completely natural birth. He adds, "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."