Sarah Drew reveals she went into premature labour hours after filming Grey's Anatomy birth scenes 1 month ago

Sarah Drew reveals she went into premature labour hours after filming Grey's Anatomy birth scenes

"I'll never forget that experience."

Sarah Drew has revealed she went into premature labour hours after filming her Grey's Anatomy character giving birth.

The actress, who played Dr. April Kepner for nine seasons, told PEOPLE how she went into labour with her daughter Hannah hours after filming the season 11 scenes, which saw April give birth to her son, Samuel, before he died in her arms a few moments later.

“That one episode was called ‘All I Could Do Was Cry,’ ” she said. “That episode, the one where April delivered the baby and the baby died – Samuel died in her arms – I was pregnant with my daughter, Hannah, and I actually went into premature labour 10 hours after shooting that scene.

"She was born a month early and was in the NICU for two weeks."

She quickly added that Hannah, now a four-year-old, is "totally fine" - although she "will never forget" that moment.

"I'll never forget that experience. If you allow yourself to really open up to what that moment is and don't shut down from it, which you could do, I guess... I didn't," She said.

"I just opened up to it and became very porous in it. Your emotions are right there. There's no faking anything. It's just so real, but it also does a number on you and you have to recover from scenes like that, for sure."

Drew left the long-running medical drama at the end of season 14, alongside former co-star Jessica Capshaw.