The fabulous Kamy Forero with her twins Xavi and Kaia (23 months) and youngest son Remy (6 months). Kamy's first pregnancy was a bit of a surprise and she learned just four weeks later that she was carrying twins when she went into hospital for dehydration. She was experiencing constant illness and was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) on the spot. The remainder of her pregnancy was quite difficult and she was in and out of the hospital about 15 more times due to dehydration. At 27 weeks she was put on bedrest until she was induced at 37 weeks. Kamy says that from there a lot of things happened to her that she didn't want and wasn't fully aware of. They started pitocin, broke her water and said she needed an epidural that she had hoped to avoid. Once the epidural was placed she began to feel so medicated that she wasn't fully aware of what was happening. When it was time to push, she was told she wasn't doing it well and they had to use the vacuum to get her babies out. She said it wasn't until some time later that she realized her babies were even here. The reality of her birth was very difficult to cope with and Kamy continues to struggle.
In Holland they have, kraamzorg's, which are maternity care assistants who come to your home for two weeks after you have a baby to help care for the new mother and infant, light household duties, guidance on breast feeding and baby care and looking after other family members (such as other children). Kamy had very much hoped to breastfeed but after Xavi refused to eat was told by her kraamzorg that she just couldn't do it. He was syringe fed for a bit and then given a bottle and formula. Kamy didn't feel she had a choice particularly after the midwife agreed that it was impossible and both of her babies needed formula.
Six months later, Kamy began to get quite sick again and soon discovered that even though they were trying to prevent pregnancy she had conceived again. This pregnancy was a bit more straightforward even though she was sick again throughout. She had looked forward to delivering Remy at home and was able to labor at home for quite some time. Remy's head became turned in the birth canal however and she began to stall. They recommended she transfer to hospital which she agreed to and she was able to push him out about 10 minutes later after the doctor helped to turn his head. Kamy has also been able to breastfeed Remy which has been wonderful. This experience, while still not exactly as she'd hoped, has been a lot better than her first.
Kamy is currently undergoing treatment for postpartum depression. With three young children at home in her care and her husband working full time she found herself quite stressed out and overwhelmed and decided to seek professional help. She says that her first birth and breastfeeding experience have likely contributed.