Where to find support when you’re a parent with vision loss

A woman poses with her baby in a stroller and her guide dog

Quite often when I have my tough days at home with baby, I just want to talk to someone going through the same and that is often enough to make me feel better. This is why meetups are important to join while on mat leave.

Whether you have full vision, partial, or none at all, parenting requires constant adaptation and meetups are usually full of stories of the way we improvise as parents in any number of situations. I recently discovered that CNIB runs a distance support group (or digital meetup, which is how I like to think of it!) for anyone with vision loss who is a parent, expecting parents with vision loss, and even people with vision loss who are thinking about becoming parents. This group meets mostly over the phone and on Skype, so attendees are able to join from the comfort of their home.

To register or find out more, contact CNIB or join the Parenting With Vision Loss Facebook group for more information.

pic via medicaldaily.com

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Swap newborn stories with moms at Babyville

Babyville is a support group run through the region of Durham health department for parents of babies aged between 0-6 months.

Babyville is a free program available to Durham Region residents

All groups are facilitated by a Durham Region Public Health Nurse which is a great opportunity to get reliable answers to a lot of “is it normal when… ” questions. The best part is, Babyville groups have strict rules about how group members treat each other. This includes a no judgement rule for any of the topics raised by attendees. I’ve now learned overcome any shyness pretty quickly in a group setting when question time rolls around, because most moms usually have the same questions that you might want to ask and this is a safe environment to do so.

The Babyville program consists of four weekly group sessions. To participate you must pre-register. Registrations can be made through the Durham Region Health Department at 1-800-841-2729 or 905-666-6241 ext. 3366

Cost: Free!

 

More information about the program is available on the Durham Region website with a Babyville pdf brochure available for download.