MarissaHermer can’t help but be overcome with emotion when she reflects on this time last year.
The Ladies of London star had been on bed rest nearly all of her seven-month pregnancy with daughter Sadie when she was induced on April 21, 2016. She was expecting a touch-and-go delivery, and her medical team even flew in a vascular medicine specialist from the battlefield of Aleppo, Syria, to offset her blood loss.
“It was a very scary time,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue.
Yet amid the life-and-death stakes, Hermer found unexpected peace: “When you’re faced with not knowing how your life is going to change in the next five hours, you feel a deep and great love for your family.”