Grey’s Anatomy star Kelly McCreary secretly welcomed a daughter, Indigo, two months ago. The celebrity mom and her husband, Pete Chatmon, recently shared their labor and delivery experience exclusively with PEOPLE.
“We had planned a lovely, intimate home birth, but my bag of waters broke several weeks early, so I wound up delivering in the hospital,” McCreary told the media source. “Like many birthing people, about the only thing that went according to our birth plan was that the baby came out,” the celebrity mom exclaimed.
“I was just so relieved that we both made it through safely,” McCreary shared with PEOPLE. “Indigo had to spend some time in the NICU to finish cooking, but fortunately, there were no other complications. She is home and healthy!”
Many parents become anxious when their newborns have to spend time in the NICU. Kelly and Pete, however, decided to make the most of the experience.
“As stressful as it was to have Indigo in the NICU, it also meant we had a lot of parenting support in the early days,” McCreary shared with PEOPLE. “We were able to enter into parenthood with a little more sleep and a lot more knowledge than we might have otherwise had thanks to the incredible medical professionals at Cedars Sinai,” the actress continued.
“Emotionally, it has been a roller coaster, of course,” McCreary admitted. “Mostly highs, but also many moments of self-doubt and worry and guilt,” the celebrity mom added.
“I am grateful for an incredibly supportive family and community and so lucky to have several close friends who are also new moms and are sharing this journey with me,” McCreary shared with the press. “I want to model wellness and mindfulness for Indigo, so I’m also integrating as much of those practices back into our schedule as I can, which is good for us both.”