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"Our parents gave us confidence: you're great, just the way you are."
Martine and Roos Wattel
"We're religious, and I immediately noticed this having an effect on my faith."
"I love having a deaf child, that's hard to explain."
"Your first thought is: the world is ending. But it's not ending, another world just opens itself up."
"You end up in this medical scene, I almost forget to enjoy having my child."
"It was really kind of a relief when we heard Emiel was deaf."
"The realization really hit us: we're responsible for this now."
"I think bonding and interacting with your child is the most important thing."
"They are unexpected, beautiful moments."
"Sometimes I feel belittled as a deaf person."
"At first, very small things could make me incredibly sad."
"The first year was very busy, so many appointments. We barely had time to enjoy it."
"It's important for children to be able to be themselves."
"Now that I see how happy they are, I worry a lot less."
"Would he ever be able to hear music, or the rain beating against the window? That was quite important to me."
"What can I do now?"
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