'Grey's Anatomy's' Sarah Drew opens up about daughter's premature birth

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'Grey's Anatomy's' Sarah Drew Opens Up About Daughter's Premature Birth

Grey's Anatomy star Sarah Drew had a dramatic episode in real life when she gave birth prematurely last month. ET's Brooke Anderson visited the actress at her home to see how baby Hannah is doing now.

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"[Hannah] was whisked away very soon after," Sarah told Brooke. "I only got to hold her for a couple of minutes and then they tested her. I had gestational diabetes, so they tested her blood and they realized there was something wrong with her breathing, and she was actually in a NICU (neonatal intensive-care unit) for 11 days."

Sarah and her husband of 12 years, Peter Lanfer, were already parents to 3-year-old son Micah, and announced that they were expecting their second child in July. Hannah, who was just 6 pounds, 13 ounces at birth, is a healthy 10 pounds today.

"Basically she just needed a little more time to cook," Sarah said. "She was having really shallow breath and they needed to give her oxygen. She would just stop breathing and then they'd have to kind of stimulate her to get her to start breathing again."

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After Hannah's health scare, Sarah went through a similar experience at work on Grey's.

"My character [Dr. April Kepner] was going through some serious pregnancy complications on the show and having literally just lived through that stuff emotionally almost in a way prepared me for having to live through something that was not as bad as what's going on with the show, but was still dramatic and intense and emotional and all of those things," Sarah said.

Grey's Anatomyreturns to ABC on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Sarah Drew attends the #TGIT premiere event hosted by Twitter at Palihouse Holloway on September 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Camilla Luddington, from left, Ellen Pompeo, Kelly McCreary, Jesse Williams, and Sarah Drew of “Grey’s Anatomy” accept the award for favorite network TV drama at the People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Sarah Drew, left, and Jesse Williams arrive at the People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Actress Sarah Drew attends The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre LA Live on January 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 16: Actress Sarah Drew attends Disney Junior's 'Pirate And Princess: Power Of Doing Good' tour at Brookside Park on August 16, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Actress Sarah Drew attends 'Moms' Night Out' Mamarazzi Event the Sony Screening Room on May 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 29: Actress Sarah Drew arrives at the premiere of TriStar Picture's 'Mom's Night Out' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 29: Actress Sarah Drew arrives at the premiere of TriStar Picture's 'Mom's Night Out' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Sarah Drew attends the QVC 5th Annual Red Carpet Style event at The Four Seasons Hotel on February 28, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Sarah Drew attends the QVC 5th Annual Red Carpet Style event at The Four Seasons Hotel on February 28, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actress Sarah Drew attends the Disney ABC Television Group's 2014 winter TCA party held at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 17, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 04: Actress Sarah Drew attends the Disney & ABC Television Group's '2013 Summer TCA Tour' at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 30: Actresses Alexis Carra (L) and Sarah Drew attend The Jefferson Hotel D.C. vintage wine tasting summer soiree at Hotel Bel-Air on July 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Sarah Drew attends the 2012 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on September 21, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 26: Actors Sarah Drew and Chyler Leigh arrive to The Thirst Project's 3rd Annual Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 26, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Thirst Project)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 26: Actress Sarah Drew arrives to The Thirst Project's 3rd Annual Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 26, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Thirst Project)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 25: Sarah Drew attends the 2nd Annual Friends Without A Border Gala at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on October 25, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 13: Sarah Drew attends Sue Wong Presents 'Lady Or Vamp' Spring 2012 Fashion Preview at Voyeur on October 13, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 13: Sarah Drew attends Sue Wong Presents 'Lady Or Vamp' Spring 2012 Fashion Preview at Voyeur on October 13, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 10: Actress Sarah Drew attends the 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Westin Bonaventure on April 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 25: Actress Sarah Drew arrives at the 6th Annual Pink Party at Drai's at the W Hollywood on September 25 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 25: Actress Sarah Drew attends the 6th annual Pink Party at Drai's Hollywood on September 25, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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