No matter how smooth a pregnancy goes, no one can ever guarantee an easy and safe delivery as Danielle Fishel learned on June 24th when she delivered her baby boy, Adler Lawrence Karp who was five weeks early and is currently being treated in a NICU. The actress shared her story on Instagram in a viral post that has been liked 173K times and has attracted more than 5K comments from fans.
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One week ago today, on 6/24 at 4:52am, Adler Lawrence Karp made his entrance into the world, 4 weeks early. My water broke on 6/20, one day before my work week directing at Raven's Home ended and my maternity leave began. I was hospitalised that night and put on magnesium sulfate because Adler was only 35 weeks old. Unfortunately, after doing an ultrasound, our amazing OB discovered fluid in his lungs that was not there during our last appointment only 10 days earlier – and thus we entered a nightmare we'll never forget. We still don't have Adler home with us because the deeply good doctors and nurses in the NICU are working diligently to find out why the fluid is there and determine the best way to get it out. This has been the most trying week and a half of mine and @jensenkarp's lives but we have gotten through it with the support of our incredible family and friends who have shown up for us in unexpected ways. Jensen and I have also become closer than we ever thought possible and the love between us has grown exponentially as we have leaned on each other during both our highest highs and our lowest lows. We feel helpess and powerless and useless and we wanted so badly to follow our "birth plan," unsurprisingly none of which involved leaving our beautiful baby boy at the hospital for the first weeks of his life. We have also struggled with making this announcement – we are THRILLED Adler is here and we want to shout it from the rooftops but we know posting about his birth and it's complications opens us up to prying eyes – aka paparazzi staked outside our house, following our every move they way they did several times during my pregnancy. We are much too fragile for that right now and I pray wholeheartedly that we can have some space as we navigate these next few weeks. I can't wait to share more details about him with you (he hates having a poopy nappy for even 1 minute, he loves bath time, he has the cutest sneezes I've ever heard) and sing the praises of his NICU care team but I prefer to do that when Adler is in this crib in his nursery at home on a still unknown future date. P.S. the fox will be removed from his crib before he's ever in it. 👶❤️
“My water broke on 6/20, one day before my work week directing Raven’s Home ended and my maternity leave began,” Fishel wrote. “I was hospitalised that night and put on magnesium sulfate because Adler was only 35 weeks old. Unfortunately, after doing an ultrasound, our amazing OB discovered fluid in his lungs that was not there on our last appointment only 10 days earlier – and thus we entered a nightmare we’ll never forget.”
Fishel and husband, Jensen Karp, have joined the NICU club where mums and dads wait and watch helplessly as babies are treated by expert medical teams. Adler, Fishel shared in her post, is still not out of the woods. She wrote, “We still don’t have Adler home with us because the deeply good doctors and nurses in the NICU are working diligently to find out why the fluid is there and determine the best way to get it out.”
Despite the frightening challenges facing the new family, Fishel shared in her poignant Instagram post that this experience has brought her and her husband, Jensen Karp aka Hot Karl, an American writer, comedian, and former rap battle star much closer together. She indicated that they have a robust support system of friends and family who are doing everything possible to make sure the family has all of their needs met during this difficult time.
Fluid in the lungs of newborns is a serious condition called Transient Tachypnea or TTN. While we do not know the exact diagnosis of baby Adler, we do know that this particular condition usually resolves quickly. Known causes include delivery via cesarean section and rapid vaginal delivery. Since babies breathe in the amniotic fluid while in utero, rapid births or cesarean section prevents the lungs from being able to squeeze out all of the fluid. This can lead to a TTN diagnosis.
Here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery for baby Adler and for the Fishel Karp family to be able to go home and celebrate soon.