Having a child is exciting! There are so many things to consider and so many things to plan for. When you find out you are having a child you think about everything from names to nurseries. You plan to raise your child with love and support and only want what is best for them.
Hearing parents who have a child with hearing loss are often bombarded with information about what they should do for their child. They will receive information from medical professionals such as a Pediatrician, Audiologist, Speech Language Pathologist, ENT, etc. as well as information about American Sign Language (ASL), Deaf culture, schools for the Deaf, etc. It can be quite overwhelming.
When parents are planning to have a child, they often picture them in their own image, meaning they picture a child with their same abilities. If a parent can play piano, they can picture their own child playing the piano. If a parent is athletic, they picture their child be involved with sports. When you have a child, who is born with a hearing loss and you have no experience or education about hearing loss, it can seem like your world has stopped.