Center for the Visually Impaired a Vital Resource For New Moms

18 May

Teigan and Phoebe.jpg Around 4 million babies are born in the United States each year—that’s 4 million new mothers who celebrated Mother’s Day this year. As we all know, motherhood comes with its challenges—changing diapers, buying safe car seats, the right crib, the list goes on. When unforeseen circumstances, like the ones new mom Teigan Galloway faced, add to those challenges, new mothers can feel helpless.

At just over one month old, Teigan’s daughter Phoebe Galloway was diagnosed with Aniridia, the absence of the colored part of the eye (the iris). This rare genetic condition results in low vision, light sensitivity and cataracts. As a new mom, Teigan Galloway was overwhelmed by Phoebe’s diagnosis, scared to even imagine her daughter’s future and unsure of where to turn.

“At first my husband and I felt very alone, we didn’t know what to do, how to react, or where to go” said Teigan.

For Teigan, The Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) provided her the resources and encouragement that she needed as a new mom. With CVI’s therapy and mentoring, baby Phoebe has learned to crawl and play with toys. Now 1 year old, Phoebe has developed a love for music in CVI’s BEGIN program —Teigan is even learning to play guitar for her. Most importantly, Teigan learned strategies to engage with her daughter despite her low vision. She can now envision a life for her Phoebe outside of a hospital room.

“When we started doing therapy at CVI, that’s when I began having hope for Phoebe’s future,” said Teigan. “One of the best things about CVI and the BEGIN program is the encouragement and the hope that they bring to Phoebe’s treatment.”

This Mother’s Day, hold your little ones tight and know that if it’s your first Mother’s Day and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, there are millions of other moms feeling the same way. If you or someone you know could benefit from the vision services offered at CVI, visit http://www.cviga.org/ to learn more.

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