In ‘Four Hands On One Belly’ we see how participants from previous seasons are doing this time. How is Chimène, for example? She will be assisted by Kim Kötter (40) in 2021 and can use her help. Chimène has experienced traumatic things in her past and is very much looking forward to her birth. If it turns out that she has a horror birth, the viewers sympathize intensely with her. Kim pays her a visit a year later and questions her.
“Now suddenly I can’t go outside without looking back”
In 2021 Chimene can be seen in Four Hands On One Belly. She is expecting her first child and has to take care of her baby on her own. When she becomes pregnant unplanned, her boyfriend wants her to have an abortion. She chooses to keep the baby and is therefore on her own. She could really use Kim’s help. Chimene also suffers from mental problems. “I have PTSD. I got it when I was about 13 years old. My first boyfriend sexually abused and abused me for seven months. And it still bothers me,” she says. Together with another ex of her boyfriend, she eventually files a complaint against him, after which he gets stuck.
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Kim is impressed by her story and tries to support Chimène as best she can. Chimène, for example, is very much looking forward to the birth, because she will be touched by the doctors. Something that is a trigger for her. Kim tries to prepare her for childbirth through training. Chimène also makes a birth plan, so that she is in control. Unfortunately for Chimène, the birth is still very traumatic. She is cut three times and loses a lot of blood. The doctors also do not adhere to her birth plan.
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In the How are things now?episode tells Chimène that the hospital contacted her after the episode. “I received a letter that I could talk to them, but I did not respond to it. In the hospital I was laughed at at the time and only now that it has come on television do they suddenly take me seriously.”
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Chimène also received an annoying email from her lawyer. Her ex-boyfriend, who abused her, will be released soon. “That’s pretty hard, you know it’s coming, but it’s still hard when it comes so close,” she says. “He didn’t get a year and a half for nothing.” When Kim asks her why he received an extra long sentence, Chimène explains that this is because of bad behavior. “The feeling of safety is gone. I have had that for three and a half years. And now I can’t go outside without looking back.”
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Fortunately, Chimène also has enough positive things in her life to look forward to. She enjoys her daughter to the fullest. “I really enjoy it. I’m really enjoying myself as a mother. Every now and then it’s still looking for being able to be young and be a mother at the same time, but it’s going very well.”
Four Hands on One Belly can be seen every Tuesday at 8.25 pm at BNNVARA on NPO 3. You can watch it here.