Something sweet to celebrate. 30 Rock alum Keith Powell and his wife, Jill Knox, welcomed a newborn baby girl on Saturday, March 9, after years of struggling to conceive and following the devastating loss of their first child.
Powell took to Twitter on Sunday, March 10, to share the news alongside an adorable picture of the newborn’s hands resting on Knox’s chest. “After 5 years of trying, and the loss of our dear sweet stillborn Greyson last year, my wife and I are proud and happy to announce the birth of our daughter, Dolyn Reed Powell (Dolyn, short for Gwendolyn, my grandmother’s name) on 3/9/19. Love!” the About a Boy actor gushed.
Knox, for her part, shared a series of Instagram pictures from the hospital prior to, and after, the arrival of their daughter, alongside a lengthy story about her pregnancy journey.
“Her entrance into the world was rather scary but we made it and we are thriving,” the proud new mama wrote after sharing her name and birth info. “I went in to see my doctor on Tuesday for my 2x week baby monitoring and he saw some variables in her heart rate that he didn’t feel comfortable with. He sent me to check in to the hospital, hoping to induce me that day.”
She continued: “Two days shy of 37 weeks would have made Dolyn … a pre-term baby, and the head of Maternal Fetal Care was NOT having it … So I sat for 3 days attached to a monitor … Finally my original induction date came and SURPRISE! My body went into labor on its own. We thought it was a great sign. After about 9 hours those scary variables in the baby’s heart rate from the Tuesday before took a very bad turn … I was held down to the gurney I’d spent 3 days on, and rolled with haste to an OR.”
Knox added that when she “looked behind” her, Powell “was in scrubs” and that she “was super confused.”
“The baby’s heart rate was decreasing by the contraction and they decided to pull her, worried that she wasn’t getting enough oxygen,” Knox explained. “I know emergency C-Sections happen everyday but after what happened last year we couldn’t help but be absolutely terrified.”
The artist concluded the emotional post: “But now she’s here. We couldn’t be happier and we can’t wait to get her home. Thank you all, once again, for surrounding Dolyn with love.”
The arrival of their daughter comes a little more than a year after Knox and Powell’s first child, son Greyson, died in the womb days prior to his birth. Knox shared the story of their heartbreaking loss in an Instagram post at the time.
“After 39 weeks and 5 days of carrying our baby boy, and after 33 hours of induced labor, I delivered our beautiful stillborn son,” she wrote. “Our hearts are shattered.”
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