Sarah Jane Morris, Ned Brower Welcome Son Emmett Andrew

02/03/2010 at 05:15 PM ET
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It’s a boy for Brothers & Sisters star Sarah Jane Morris and her husband Ned Brower.

Emmett Andrew Brower arrived on Sunday, Jan. 24, Morris’ rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

New dad Ned, drummer for the band Rooney, is clearly proud of his actress wife, writing on his Facebook:

“S.O.N. (Son of Ned) hath arrived. Emmett Andrew Brower weighs in at 8.2 lbs. Sarah labored for 15 hours w/ NO meds … she is a total powerhouse and my hero.”

The couple, who were college sweethearts and wed in Feb. 2005, announced the pregnancy in Aug. In Oct., Sarah Jane shared that they were expecting a boy and expressed her desire for a natural childbirth.

“I’m excited, curious, and terrified about doing it, but something in my gut is telling me that it’s an experience I don’t want to miss out on — even though I know it is going to be painful and hard,” Sarah Jane, 32, explained. “It is called ‘labor’ after all! But I look at it as a privilege we have as women, and I think that it will only make me stronger as a person.”

– Blaine Zuckerman

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Liliana on

Congrats to Sarah Jane and Ned. Love the name!

I like Ned’s acronym S.O.N. (Son of Ned). Creative and cute.

Janna on

Awww… I love when men respect and admire the childbirth process!

mrsh on

I love that name!

N.S on

Aww congrats to them! And what a sweet name!
I totally agree with her, fully natural child birth is the way it’s supposed to be and to know and fully understand what labor and childbirth is really like – a mom must put her baby before herself and choose to go au naturel.

Well done mama!!

jody on

Love the name!!! (from the mother of an 11 year old Emmett)

T. on

S.O.N. (Son of Ned)
seriously made me Laugh Out Loud!!

Really like the name…

Colleen on

I am so happy for the two of them. Congrats to Ned and Sarah on your adorable son.

Reader on

NS, there is no reason you have to go this way. you can have meds and the baby is 100% ok. There is still pain, but a bit less at times.

Erin on

Totally admire her doing the natural childbirth thing – sounds like it was what she really wanted to experience, and she did it her way.

Totally don’t admire N.S. for saying that “natural” is the way it’s supposed to be, that it’s best for baby, etc. Um, do you know your history? Women have always found a way to blunt pain (as have all human beings in painful/uncomfortable situations). Homeopathic “remedies” date to the beginning of time. Chewing on certain plants, drinking certain herbs, smoking certain things, the list goes on. As far as history tells us, most women (most people) have tried to cheat pain. If natural to you means just not taking synthetic drugs, then that’s one thing. But really all the methods used today, across the spectrum, are designed to blunt the pain involved. And I say cheers to that.

Since I’m obviously one who didn’t go the “fully natural” route I want to ask a totally serious question to N.S. or anyone else who did. I’m not trying to be flip – but do you take that stance in a lot of other areas of your life? Like no aspirin, no caffeine, etc? I’ve always been curious about that. If so – I’m in awe. I literally couldn’t go that road.

momof4 on

Congrats to them! That is going to be one cute baby.

I had the same ideas as her…that natural childbirth was something I didn’t want to not experience. I did it four times and each time it got a bit easier as I knew what to expect from my body.

To Erin, there are reasons to avoid pain relief in childbirth that benefit the baby and the birthing experience, as well as the immediate time after baby is born. There’s been a lot of research done on this topic. I don’t think avoiding aspirin or caffeine is the same sort of thing (unless you mean during pregnancy which I did avoid!).

Riley on

How does it make the baby any better? Ridiculous…just one more thing for a woman to brag about in order to put another woman down. And it made her “stronger”? How? Just silly-Hope she enjoyed all that pain! lol

mrsh on

Erin – I had a “natural” birth, and I do avoid most things. No alcohol, pain reliever, caffeine, etc. I had a really bad experience with prescribed medicine that almost killed me, so I’m a bit gun shy, I guess. I try to keep myself as “pure” as possible, but I certainly don’t consider it the only way to be, or consider myself better than others for it. It’s just how I am, doesn’t make me special.

Luna on

Aww i love that name. Congrats to them! Love the S.O.N.

Carly on

Congrats. That is sooo sweet. Love the name and how it is normal. Ned had some pretty nice things to say too. She is absolutely beautiful, and I bet her baby is too. :)

Erin on

Thanks momof4. I still think it’s super natural to want to block pain – that’s a natural instinct. I wasn’t trying to equate taking an aspirin to rejecting pain meds during birth, but I get your answer nonetheless. We DO all know some people who claim they reject anything non-“natural”, though, right? I always want to ask them if they think we should all smoke pot whenever, because that’s a natural substance. So is heroin. I mean, yes it’s an extreme argument – but I hate people who lecture about being au natural when they actually don’t know/care about all the things in life that are natural, but not in fact healthy for you. Like hemlock. Radiation. On and on.

Reader on

momof4, I think many women have epidurals these days with no complications. the baby is fine, the baby is alert, crying and sucking/nursing. you have to remember that when you read studies they can can show anything the researcher wants them to. It’s important to decide for yourself and not let anyone put you down for your choices in childbirth.

laura_lee on

I think for most of us (pregnant with my 4th now, after one opsital birth and 2 non-medicated out-of-hospital births) it’s about risks vs benefits. I am sort of a naturalist in most things (non-toxic cleaners, organic produce, herbs before hard-core meds, avoid antibiotics, etc), but it’s also important to realize that epidural drugs are WAY more powerful than aspirin or something similar. The risks there, though uncommon, are potentially huge.

Yes, many women have uncomplicated deliveries with epidurals. However (I’m a doula so have seen it countless times), a significant percentage of women will develop epidural-induced fever leading to infection-screening procedures (potential spinal tap for baby if not controlled), a decreased pushing ability leading to higher rates of forceps and vacum deliveries, higher rates of fetal distress, higher rates of cesarean, and some studies are even beginning to show slightly altered newborn neurological developement leading to confused suck/swallow/breathe patetrns (affecting breastfeeding).

If people would drop their defensiveness a little (on both sides), and just look at it on a biochemical, physiological level, they would admit that epidural drugs are strong pharmaceuticals that, of course, do cross to the baby (even the PDR states this plainly) and come with side effects, to mom, to baby, and to the labor itself. They are not always obviously harmful, but they change the hormonal balance of the labor process and this disruption brings with it risks. Some women are comfortable with these risks (just like some people are comfortable with the risks of plastic surgery, or not breastfeeding, or putting babies to bed on their tummies – or eating tons of junk food, or wearing no seat belts, or whatever).

But some people aren’t, typically people that see the process as intricate and involved and purposeful and are hesistant to alter it chemically with a cavalier attitude that you can make such changes and everything just stays the same. It doesn’t. Your oxytocin levels change once the epidural begins. Your positions are restricted, which is esp harmful for malpositioned babies, like those occiput posterior (MANY c-sections are the result of malpositioned babies who could never rotate, sometimes because a lithotomy position combined with the relaxed uterine muscles from the epidural interefered with baby’s ability to rotate). Let’s be intellectually honest. Epidurals dramatically change the physicology of the birth process. If you don’t recognize how, study up some more, but the facts are clear.

We don’t need to make it a contest, but women do deserve true informed consent, which begins which dismissing the myth that epidurals magically erase pain but do nothing else.

gracieandholdensmom on

I love the name!

A mother has the ability to decide the labor and delivery experience she wants. I chose to avoid pain medication during delivery because that’s what I wanted. It doesn’t make me a better mother because of it nor does it make a woman who decides to have an epidural a worse mother. It’s a personal preference. Luckily enough, Sarah Jane was able to have the delivery she wanted. I say kudos to her just like I would to any mother who was able to achieve her ideal birth plan, epidural or not.

babyrama on

Another reason to go natural in addition to what previous posters have mentioned is today’s climate of not trusting women’s bodies to give birth and medical intervention. Once you start getting meds and have that IV put in, it is a slippery slope and a C-section becomes more likely. Epidurals can (not always, of course) slow down labor and prompt docs to say that the whole process is taking to long, better do surgery. Inducing labor with pitocin can also lead to this route, and very soon the childbirth gets taken out of the mother’s hands and she loses control of the process. Of course I am not saying that pitocin and epidurals always end up this way, but births that include them have a much higher chance statistically of becoming C-sections, and in the US these days, it is all too often once a C-section, always a C-section.

amandamay on

laura_lee – wow – equating getting an epidural with eating tons of junk food (while at the same time equating it AND not breastfeeding with not wearing a seat belt and getting plastic surgery!) no wonder most of us are defensive to “arguments” like this!! gee, it’s obvious as to your opinion on all of those things! you say it in a supposed “nice way” but really are stating that women who choose medication are harming their babies (and lord knows all women who choose epidurals are reckless, junk food eating, fake boob-getting women laying their babies haphazardly on their tummies…), and if (yet again) we were “just informed” we’d see the light and do it your way. it’s not about people being defensive – it’s about people like you needing to realize that not everyone else needs to do things your way to be a good mother/good human being/care utterly and totally about their babies. it’s great you want to do it your way. but stop saying that because someone chooses differently, they just aren’t “educated” about what’s really going on. that’s just arrogance. i chose to NOT get an epidural but i feel NO superiority in that. i would never make any mother feel bad about her delivery choices.

i’m glad sarah jane had her baby the way she wanted and it all worked out – i’m sure he’s adorable :-)

I♥CBB on

I do not have children (not sure if children are in my future either) but I had to say something. I admire people who have natural childbirths. However, just because someone does decide to have pain meds does not make them any less of a woman or that they couldn’t “tough” it. Look, I think the most important thing is a healthy baby and how the baby came into the world isn’t important. I admire Camila Alves. She tried natural childbirth for hours but had an emergency c-section. She had to come to terms with what happened. None of that mattered after because she had a beautiful baby boy to show for it.

Emily on

Laura_ Lee I’m sorry, but i agree %100 with amandamay. What arrogant things to suggest. Women are told about epidurals. When they agree to them and pick their preferred birthing method they are, by law, told the risks.
Epidurals are stronger than asprin? really!? It numbs you from the waist down! Child birth is the most painful experience in the world, for it to be called a pain killer in that situation it would want to be strong.
Thank you for educating us all on the risks of epidurals, now if their was only a class from narrow mindedness.

IMSD on

The most important thing is the safe delivery of the baby, medicated or not. With my 1st child I had a natural birth planned and had a doula. Due to high blood pressure I was induced at 36 weeks and ended up throwing the birth plan out of the window. Because my body wasn’t ready to give birth, I ended up needing medical intervention but better that than me having a stroke because of my blood pressure or risking the health of my baby. There are plenty of women who would love to have a natural birth, but it doesn’t work out that way and that’s no reason to judge anyone or look down on them in anyway.

cécile on

NS said “fully natural child birth is the way it’s supposed to be and to know and fully understand what labor and childbirth is really like – a mom must put her baby before herself and choose to go au naturel.”
Since I dind’t go au naturel with my 3 boys, I guess I don’t understand what childbirth is and following that brilliant logic I’m not a mom just a selfish incubator. That’s OK though, because my children haven’t disowned me,they even seem to love me (so weird).
Of course, the youngest is too young to express his resentment so I can’t be sure.

Melanie F. on

I have six children and didn’t use any meds with any of them and that wasn’t by choice. ALL the labor and deliveries happened too fast but if I could have I would have DEFINITELY had meds. All women, pregnancies, tolerance of pain are different, to each their own. I’m just glad that she used the keywords me, my and I, and did not generalize on what she think is best for ALL women.

CelebBabyLover on

amandamay- I think that laura-lee was just trying to point out that, as a doula, she has seen first-hand evidence of the complications Epidurals can cause.

cat on

Had my beautiful daughter 2 years ago with the very welcome assistance of an epidural. It doesn’t make me a lesser mother as some people seem to imply when interviewed following a “natural” birth. I don’t know why women continue to brag about drug-free births…..what’s the point? I hope to be blessed with another child and will definitely choose it again if appropriate because it worked for me and that’s the main thing!!

Hea on

Question – We all know drugs are bad for you. Especially during pregnancy. What happens to the baby when a mother gets a shot of morphine during labor?

smefertility on

Well done to her x

mrsh on

I think it’s most important to do what’s best for you/your family. That goes for all choices in life. There are a myriad of things that women seem to compare each with, and really, they are all personal choices. Generally speaking, being a mom is being a mom, period. All these arbitrary things tend not to matter in the long run. I like to hear how other women do things, but I don’t think I’m better than anyone for my choices and I try not to let another mother make me doubt my choices. Being women, and mothers, should be a uniting force for us. Why be torn apart by all this other stuff?

Catca on

Actually, statistically women who receive epidurals are not more likely to have a c-section. Natural childbirth can speedup the labor process if the woman is able to relax through the contractions and allow her body to move into different positions to keep the process going. However, many women tense up from the pain in natural childbirth and end up slowing the process down causing longer labors than women receiving epidurals and potentially a c-section. The position of the baby has a lot to do with how well a woman will cope with natural childbirth as well. But, a woman who copes with it well, will on average have a shorter labor than a woman going the epidural route (and no, the drugs in an epidural do not cross the placenta). There are pros and cons with everything, and the right answer is what works for the individual and their individual circumstances. Don’t judge other people for the decisions they made

Becks on

I just have to say, I really REALLY love her attitude on labour and birth. Go Sarah! Congrats to the family, and Loooooove the name Emmett!

Serious question: Why do you women get so defensive over using pain meds? It’s like, if a story pops up about a woman who does it naturally, every single woman who’s had an epidural or a c-section has to pipe in with her 2 cents about it. Geez whiz. It’s getting old, it’s immature, and it spoils the environment.
You chose meds. She didn’t. Get over it already!

fuzibuni on

catca… statistically, women who receive epidurals DO have higher risk of c-section. It has been shown through research studies and verified by many hospital birth records.

http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/pregnancy_childbirth/42500

however, my mother had epidurals with all four of us. and no c-sections. So, I’m not here to criticize other women for the choices they make about painkillers. just educate yourselves so you know the pros and cons.

My only real experience with pain killers was a few years ago when I had to get all my wisdom teeth pulled because they were impacted. the doctor wouldn’t knock me out because he said it would hinder the healing process. He insisted on local anesthesia and then gave me a very limited amount of vicodin with the caveat that the less i used, the quicker I would get better.

I don’t have children yet, so I can’t say for sure what I will do. but I know myself, and I get very tense in hospital settings. all the tubes, needles, and interventions disturb me. Numbness also really bothers me, so I don’t think the epidural will be my cup of tea. I hope to go the homebirth route if possible, but I know that’s not for everyone.

Reader on

Who is she? does she play the estranged wife of the brother that is no longer on the show?

gracieandholdensmom on

Becks, in this case, the debate was started by someone acting superior over the fact that they, too, had a natural birth. Equating epidurals with bad parenting is going to get a reaction out of mothers. Those that have had pain medication during birth deserve to stand up for themselves and not have someone berate them. I don’t understand why a woman’s own personal choices regarding labor is anyone else’s business.

MMM on

What a beautiful attitude to have towards a normal physiologic function of our bodies.

Congrats to the new family!

SY on

Wow ladies, way to support each other…do we really have to take sides on this? I think that whatever works for a healthy and safe arrival of the baby is the best route to take. We were not planning on an epidural for my first, but my water broke 23 hours before so were very close to a c-section — they gave me the epidural but I managed to push him out before the “deadline.” The second I had no epidural but with each one it was “case based.” We all have our own opinions, let’s just respect others and their opinions too.

Erin on

Becks, the reason I for one wrote my first post was because of what N.S. said, especially the part “a mom must…”. I said I supported what Sarah Jane did. I don’t support a woman holds herself up as superior because she went “au naturel”. I asked N.S. (and anyone) else a follow up question. And N.S. never responded. Hmm. Maybe she’s busy, fair enough. Maybe she didn’t have a logical answer, either. Whatever. I’m all for supporting other ladies, moms. But I’m not going to support one who lectures everyone else based on a questionable premise to begin with.

J on

I remember watching an episode of A Baby Story years ago and going into it, the mother was all vehement about how she wasn’t going to use any drugs. Well labor rolled around and she was in so much pain, she ended up having an epidural. Who got angry about it? Her selfish husband! He was so outraged he didn’t know what to do with himself, stomping over to his family and angrily telling them she chose to have an epidural. And another episode I watched, the mother-to-be was all about how she wasn’t going to have an epidural because she had to ‘compete’ with her friends who had natural deliveries, ended up having one (epidural), and felt all depressed about it. Folks need to get a grip. The bottom line is that you don’t know what you are going to need and it doesn’t make you better or worse than anyone else if you end up needing drugs. What I DO have a problem with are the selfish husbands/boyfriends who think they have a say in how a woman chooses to deliver a child. I am sorry. Stay to the side and keep quiet. Yes, it’s their child too, but they didn’t carry it for 9 months and have no idea what a woman is going through with labor. Basically, I know that it doesn’t affect me one way or the other whether another woman (that I don’t know from a hole in the ground) has an epidural or not. I’m not sure why this is a debate.

Jenn on

I didn’t have an epidural, but it wasn’t because I wanted to say that I was better than anyone else, it was because I was petrified. Have you seen the size of those needles? I had a natural childbirth because I’m a chicken!!!!

Lisa on

My first child was delivered with the help of Stadol and an epidural. My second child was delivered the no pain meds whatsoever amd both births were relatively long labors. I can honestly tell you that my second birth, with no meds, was hands down the best experience and least painful birth. Maybe it was because I knew what to expect from my body this time and handle the pain. But I was not groggy like how I was after my first. I was literally up walking 20 minutes after my second birth and showering 30 minutes later. It was a world of difference. I haven’t ever talked to one woman who regrets going 100% natural. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Janna on

Jenn: I am the same exact way!! No meds for me because I’m super-scared of them!! Fear is a great incentive to toughing it out***.

***which in no way is meant to imply anything derogatory about anyone who chose meds, epidurals, or plain being-knocked-into unconsciousness. To each his own!

Ummmm on

Why do people get so hot under the collar about how complete strangers gave birth? It isn’t as though children walk through life with a sign that details how they were born. I didn’t even know how I was delivered (c-section as it happens) until I had birthed my first child. I was feeling bad because I’d wanted x and had y. My sage mother said that by the time my baby started school it wouldn’t even be a blip on my parenting radar. Never a truer word said.

I believe in celebrating babies, not their birth.

Congratulations on the safe arrival of your wee man! Emmett is a very cute name

Jessicad on

Thanks to those of you who gave birth without meds and said what worked for you may not work for someone else. We are all different and need different things!

Becks, the only time I get offended about choosing meds is when people like NS say rude and ridiculous things like that.

Women who act like that and think they are superior to those of us who used drugs are just wrong, and should evaluate the way they say things. Giving birth is an amazing thing with or without drugs, it doesn’t make you a better person or a better mother either way.

I actually didn’t like my experience with the epidural because it messed with my blood pressure and I felt terrible the entire time, when it was time to push I refused to let them dose me again so I ended up feeling most everything. I’d like to try drug free next time, but I definitely won’t allow myself to get a big head about it or ever catch myself trying to make another women feel bad about her choice to use drugs, because it’s just wrong.

mavs2980 on

Jenn and Janna, I am with you ladies. I haven’t had a child yet, but I have seen those needles. I am terrified of needles, so when the time comes I will go natural, just because I am a big chicken.

steph on

Great name! Its so ovely to hear ‘normal names’ in clelb world lol!

Would just like to say my little piece on this whole drugs in labour thing… if i hadn’t had a spinal and resulting emergency c-section I would not be here and nor would my 2 sons. If you can do it without pain relief thats great, some of my friends have done so. If you do want it then thats fine too! It a personal choice and nobody has the right to pass comment on other womens preferences! So long as mummy and baby are well, whats the big deal?

There are risks with natural childbirth too, like badly tearing and having to go into surgery to repair them, or needing blood transfusions, so who is anybody to judge another persons point of view!!
And incidentally, both my children were born by c-section with drugs as they were too big for my pelvis, and both are bright little boys who were walking alone at 8.5 months and are ‘advanced’ for their ages so those drugs that I needed for them to be born obviously didn’t harm them!!

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