HOW THE ORGANIZATION DEVELOPED
Pam and Donna met for tea and discussed why the twin group was not sufficient to meet their needs. Essentially, they discovered that mothers of high multiples had little time to do things, found it difficult to maintain relationships, and could not even make it out of their homes. Eventually, they decided that other mothers of multiples would benefit from the same type of friendship and support connection that they found in each other. Thus, they decided to found the KPMM organization and meet the needs of all mothers of multiples. Their main goal was to form a network of families to offer support in coping with the challenges that come with parenting multiples.
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
Although Pam and Donna both gave birth to triplets, they had two very different experiences with their pregnancies. This is significant because it highlights that every pregnancy is unique and every mother will need unique support.
- Became pregnant unexpectedly
- Had a very solid support system comprised of family and friends
- Was on bed rest at home
- Did not have many complications throughout the pregnancy
- Gave birth to healthy triplet boys at 35 weeks
- Dealt with years of invasive infertility treatments before becoming pregnant
- Did not have family and friends to care for her or any real support system
- Was on bed rest in the hospital
- Gave birth to premature triplets (2 girls and 1 boy) at 29 weeks
These two mothers with diverse experiences were brought together because they gave birth to multiples and needed support. After they met at a twin support group, Pam and Donna became very good friends. Most importantly, they provided each other with support and realized that the needs of parents of with twins , triplets or more were far different from the needs of parents experiencing one child at a time.