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This series will provide first-hand accounts of how other parents who are blind or visually impaired have used organizational strategies with adaptive techniques to parent safely and independently. The series will explore everything related to raising a child.

Birth Options for Mothers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Once a woman learns she’s about to have a child, her attention is immediately directed towards prenatal care. At the mid-point of pregnancy, approximately 20 weeks, doctors will begin discussing a birth plan with the expectant parents. A birth plan is a document that lets your medical team know your preferences for your delivery, including things like how to manage your labor pain. Having your wishes recorded in the form of this written document ensures your healthcare provider understands your wishes with regards to the delivery of your child. It is important to note that although preparation for birth is essential, the new mother may not be able to control every aspect of her labor and delivery. Sometimes the unexpected happens, and you must remain flexible in cases where you may be


A Time of Joy and a Time of Sorrow: Grandmothering Without Sight

Editor's note: This post is part of the Blind Parenting series created to provide visually impaired parents and grandparents with first-hand accounts of how you can raise a child safely and independently. In today's post, Sheila Rousey shares her experience of becoming a grandmother with vision loss. A Time of Joy and a Time of Sorrow: Grandmothering Without Sight by Sheila Rousey


A Grandma's Thoughts

Editor's note: This post is part of the Blind Parenting series created to provide visually impaired parents and grandparents with first-hand accounts of how you can raise a child safely and independently. In today's post, Mary Hiland shares the importance of teaching children how to interact with individuals who have low vision and how to build positive relationships. A Grandma's Thoughts By Mary Hiland, grandmother


Accepting Life As It Comes

Editor's note: We just celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In honor of the significance of this day, VisionAware's International Correspondent, Maribel Steel, from Australia, shares her personal reflections on accepting life with a visual disability (she has retinitis pigmentosa) by observing her granddaughter’s young wisdom in living life in the moment. More Than Child’s Play Have you noticed how the little people in your life know the true meaning of living in the moment? When we take time out of our busy schedule to


Gift Suggestions for Kids of Blind Parents

As the blind mother of two toddlers, the holiday gift-giving season can cause a bit of anxiety. While it’s absolutely wonderful so many friends and family want to purchase something for my daughters, small parts, tiny batteries, and other tripping hazards are serious concerns for me. Parents who are blind or visually impaired may find taking a proactive approach during the holiday shopping season can be beneficial to both gift-giver and recipient. Offering gifting suggestions takes the guessing out of a busy retail season and allows the visually impaired parent to assist in choosing items they deem safe and enjoyable for their child.


Bottle-Feeding Baby As a Blind or Visually Impaired Mother

Editor's note: This post is part of the Blind Parenting series created to provide visually impaired parents with first-hand accounts of how you can raise a child safely and independently. Today's post is the second segment on your options of feeding your baby as a parent with vision loss. Blind Parenting: Bottle-Feeding Baby By Holly Bonner Sighted or blind, the decision to breastfeed versus formula-feeding your baby is a personal one.


Breastfeeding Baby As a Blind or Visually Impaired Mother

Editor's note: This post is part of the new Blind Parenting series created to provide visually impaired parents with first-hand accounts of how you can raise a child safely and independently. Today's post is the first segment on your options of feeding your baby as a parent with vision loss. Blind Parenting: Breastfeeding Baby By Mary Hiland and her daughter, Kara Fay Soon after I was married, my ophthalmologist told me that as a person with retinitis


How Congenital Vision Loss Affects Motherhood

Editor's Note: Not every woman grows up wanting to be a mother. For those living with a congenital eye disease, learning of a pregnancy can cause mixed emotions. The following story, based on an interview with a blind mother who has chosen to stay anonymous, depicts how genetic vision loss can dim the brightness of that maternity glow. How Congenital Vision Loss Affects Motherhood Our blind mom, who we’ll refer to as M, was born in 1966 with cataracts on both her lenses, rendering them completely opaque. Her parents were told the ocular condition was either genetic or from a flu her mother had contracted quite possibly being passed to the baby in utero. M had a few low vision relatives within her family tree. However, in the late 1960s


Blindness and Infertility: A Mother's Story

Editor's note: This post is part of the new Blind Parenting series created to provide visually impaired parents with first-hand accounts of how you can raise a child safely and independently. If you are thinking about starting a family or experiencing the daily struggles of parenting, it is the VisionAware Peer Advisors' hope that these stories will encourage and support you on the journey of blind parenthood. Blindness and Infertility: A Mother's Story by


Preparing for Pregnancy: A Blind Mother's Checklist Part 3, Resources and Services

Editor's note: This is part three of A Blind Mother's Checklist from the new series, Blind Parenting. Part 1 covered the basic questions to ask yourself when deciding to start a family. Part 2 reviewed the medical implications and various doctors a mother planning to get pregnant should have as part of her medical team. Preparing for


Preparing for Pregnancy: A Blind Mother's Checklist Part 2, Medical Implications

Editor's note: This is the second post in our new series, Blind Parenting. This series will provide you first-hand accounts of how other blind and visually impaired parents have used organizational strategies with adaptive techniques to parent safely and independently. This is part two of a three-part blog post. Read part 1 to determine if you are ready to start a family. Preparing for Pregnancy: A Blind Mother's Checklist Part 2 By


Preparing for Pregnancy: A Blind Mother's Checklist Part 1, Am I Ready?

Editor's note: This is the initial post in our new series on Blind Parenting. Our new Blind Parenting series will provide you first-hand accounts of how other blind and visually impaired parents have used organizational strategies with adaptive techniques to parent safely and independently. This post is divided into three parts with separate checklists: the first dealing with your personal situation, the second with medical implications, and the third dealing with resources and services that you need to consider. Preparing for Pregnancy: A Blind Mother's Checklist <img src="http://www.afb.org/image.asp?ImageID=7758"


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