Ladies of London star Marissa Hermer has introduced her 'miracle' newborn daughter Sadie in an exclusive interview and photoshoot with HELLO! magazine.
Sadie was born weighing 5½lb at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital on April 21, giving Marissa and husband Matt Hermer a sister to sons Max, four, and two-year-old Jake.
In the interview Marissa, 34, reveals she developed the rare medical condition placenta accrete during the pregnancy, which could have been life-threatening for both her and the baby and resulted in her having a Caesarian at 34 weeks followed by a hysterectomy.
Marissa Hermer has proudly introduced her 'miracle' baby Sadie
"This is the moment I was afraid I might never experience," she told HELLO!. "Whenever I look at her she reminds me of the miracle of childbirth and all the things that need to go right along the way.
"She really is our miracle baby and I feel very lucky that we are both here safe and well, after going through what felt like a war."
She also paid tribute to her British-born husband Matt for helping her through the tough diagnosis. "Of course there were tears," she told the magazine. "I would stand in the shower every morning and have a big cry, asking myself, 'How am I going to get through this?'" recalls Marissa.
"Ultimately I did that with Matt by my side – he was my rock. And with two boys to look after, I couldn't just curl up in a ball. I had to keep moving and that's what probably saved me on an emotional level."
Mother and baby were sent home after six days in hospital – with everyone in the family delighted.
"The boys were so excited, shrieking and jumping around," Marissa said. "They kept kissing her and saying, 'We love you, Sadie.' That night Matt and I kissed her on the forehead as she slept then kissed the boys goodnight. Suddenly we realised that we're a family of five. I'd always hoped to sneak a fourth baby past Matt but now I realise how blessed we are to have three healthy children."
To read the full interview, pick up your copy of HELLO! magazine, out now.