When Tiffany Jesteadt, who was born blind from an inherited disorder, thought she might be pregnant, her sighted husband read the results to her, not out of choice but out of necessity. It took some of the “magic,” she said, explaining how shows and movies often portray wives surprising their husbands by cleverly hiding the positive pregnancy test.
“Getting to tell your husband – it’s cultural,” said Ms. Jesteadt, 33, an organizational development practitioner for the United States Marine Corps. While she and her husband tell each other everything, she says, divulging information about her own body “is something a woman should be able to control.”
Making the experience of the test more private also helps reduce the judgment that many blind women say they experience on their way to motherhood.
Josselyn Sosa was a college graduate when she found out she was pregnant. At first, Ms Sosa turned to a trusted friend who went with her to buy a test at a CVS store which she then took in her bathroom. Her friend also had poor vision and could not read the results either. So Ms. Sosa went to the health center at her small college in Texas, where a doctor said to her, “I’m so sorry, but it came back positive.”
“She felt she could give her opinion,” said Ms Sosa, 28, who was born with congenital glaucoma in her right eye and lost sight in her left eye due to a detachment of the eye. retina when she was 12 years old. She was dating her now. husband, who is also blind, for a short time. “I just wanted to go out and face it on my own,” she said. “It was so important to me.”
Ms. Sosa then gave birth to a baby girl, now 4 years old. She graduated in hospitality this month and is pregnant with her second child, due in June.
For her current pregnancy, Ms. Sosa used the Be My Eyes app. It was a better experience, but she still felt like she was giving up her privacy, she said.