The amazing Krysta Owens, Gavin (4), and Griffin (13 months)
Krysta's first birth and postpartum experience were very traumatic for her. She experienced hyperemesis gravidarium (HG) throughout pregnancy but was otherwise healthy. Gavin aspirated meconium during delivery and had to spend some time in the NICU, she struggled with breast feeding and then at 2 weeks postpartum experienced severe postpartum depression and psychosis. "I was hospitalized for 32 days and was at a point I didn't realize I was married or even had a baby". There was a period of 4 days in the hospital where she was catatonic and couldn't speak or eat. "They told my husband there was nothing else they could do for me and that our last option was ECT or shock treatments in hopes that I would "snap back into" reality. He signed the consent but the next day I was completely myself and no one could explain why".
This was truly a very hard time in their lives and they struggled with whether or not to have more children and risk having a similar experience. They decided to go for it and while she experienced HG again, she had an unmedicated water birth and didn't experience any postpartum depression.
"I want women to not be ashamed to get help if they are experiencing postpartum depression and know that it is ok to talk about it. I have lost friends because of what I went through. It was a very low point in our lives but I believe I went through it so I would be able to share my story and help other women who have gone through the same thing".