Joshua Jackson will soon have more in common with James Van Der Beek than Dawson's Creek—Jackson is about to join Van Der Beek in the fraternity of fatherhood.

Jackson and his wife, fellow actor Jodie Turner-Smith, are currently expecting their first baby, and like all couples in that position right now, their birth plan is being complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

"We are in the very, very home stretch," Jackson said during a video call appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Wednesday. "Everybody tells us that the first baby's late so we're probably 10ish days away."

The dad-to-be continued: "She's physically fine and the baby is physically fine so the important things are all good," he said. "We're just figuring out how to deal with interacting with doctors and hospitals right now."

As Motherly previously reported, several hospitals in New York are banning partners from the maternity wards (Jackson and Turner-Smith appear to be in California right now, judging by the palm trees in Turner-Smith's backyard Instagram Stories) while hospitals around the country (including in California) are limiting visitors.

Joshua Jackson and His Wife Are Playing Jenga While They Wait for Their Baby youtu.be


Turner-Smith (who stars in Queen & Slim) and Jackson (who is currently promoting his own TV project, Little Fires Everywhere) are expecting a girl and currently practicing social distancing. They are spending a lot of time on board games, Jackson told the Live hosts.

"We're in the board game stage now. We did a lot, a lot, a lot of binge watching last week, so now we've moved our way through Monopoly. Now it's actually Jenga. Jenga's the thing!"

Jackson and Turner-Smith have not specified where they plan to welcome their baby but if they need advice, Jackson's former co-star Van Der Beek has some experience with home births.


Having a newborn is challenging at the best of times, but during forced isolation and in a climate of fear and uncertainty, it can become overwhelming.

The coronavirus pandemic is setting up our communities for genuine mental health concerns. This may be especially true for new parents. When will 'normal' life return? How will I pay for diapers and baby food? Will my mom be able to help us now? What if my baby or my family get COVID-19? Unfortunately, no one knows the long-term impact or answers just yet.

Most families have built a network of social support by the time they have their first child—if they don't already have a support system, they develop one through various baby classes and groups set up for parents. The creation of the village can be instrumental to the mental health of new parents. Social distancing, the lockdown of cities, and isolation will inadvertently affect the type of support available.

Keep reading Show less
Our Partners