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Blind mothers and their sighted infants

Little information is available on blind women's perspectives as mothers. I am a doctoral student in Texas interviewing blind moms about their personal experiences and perceptions on motherhood. Because many agencies and organizations do not keep information on parent status, I am having a difficult time finding mothers to interview. I have friends in the blind community that are helping, but locating first time, totally blind moms with a child under the age of three is difficult. I live in Texas but would be willing to travel to interview. If anyone knows of a mother that may want to participate in this research or even has suggestions on how to locate participants, please email me at StaceyH@mail.utexas.edu Thank you.

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I'm a social worker in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I'm working with a blind woman with a 2 year old child and she's pregnant again. Are there any sevices to help her in the home with the children? Her husband isn't blind, he works outside the home. Any suggestions please e-mail me at tmckenzie@mail.magee.edu. Thank you.


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I and my group are from the Philippines and we are conducting a research about the lived experiences of blind mothers in child care. Hopefully our research will end on March of 2012. I just want some information why totally blind mothers must be used for the study and not those with low vision.


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Dear Stacey H.,

Hello my name is Elisa Ruggieri and I am a student of psychology in University of Turin (Italy).
The theme of my ongoing investigation is blind mother-child relationship but I'm having difficulties finding scientific articles and literature sources.
Could you please recommend me some bibliography?
I find that your research is very useful and interesting. In your opinion, which are the most important aspects of it?
I'm looking forward to know about the development of your study. In the meantime I wish you a good work and thank you for availability.

Best regards,
Elisa Ruggieri
ps please answer in my personal mail box: elisaruggieripsi@gmail.com i've tried but i've some problems with yours


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Hello
I am visually impaired and hearing impaired and I'm looking for advice regarding my 14 months old son who is sighted. He is running around and always wants to go outside. I'm having trouble finding him even when he's just running around inside the house. I'm so nervous taking him out because I wouldn't know wear he is once I let go of him. Please let me know what other blind parents did or doing in this situation. I greatly appreciate your advice. Feel free to email me at a_palma@earthlink.net
Angelica


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hello Im kalie, im 21 years old and have a 4yo daughter and a 2 yo son, i have optic nerve hypoplasia, with is the under developemnet of my optic nerves, i can see ok, 20/60 in my good eye "with glasses" and 20/100 in my bad eye "with glasses" i find it trying because of transportation, i actully have a permit, because my eyesight is legal for me to drive, just not at night, but im scared to, i just feel like if anything happened, it would be blamed on my sight. thats my biggest hurdle as being a mother, i feel inadequate sometimes because i cant drive my kids around. how do other moms deal and cope with that?? it would be wonderful to have someone to relate to, because everyone i know, is fully sighted and can drive. my email adress is KJB92802@aol.com i would love to hear some responses!!
Kalie


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By the way if any of the mothers might want to email me and share any information they have regarding their expericences please feel free to email me at
LoriT818@aol.com
Thanks,

Lori


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I am a nursing student at Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida. I am currently in my second year studing OB/GYN. I was given an assignment by my instructor to find information about how to teach blind/or hearing impaired mothers about how to care for thier new infants. I was doing research on the internet, and I came across this message board. I was just wondering if someone would care to share some thier tips/or experiences with me about some of the things other nurses or just other women in general have taught you about taking care of your children. It would be wonderful to know, from a nursing prospective, what things are most helpful when interacting with blind and/or hearing imparied mothers. Are there any special techniques, support groups, or just specific needs of these mothers that I can share with my student body? Any information you provide would be appriciated and most helpful to the nursing community.
Thanks so much,
Lori


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Hi, I am a legally blind/low vision mother of a fully sighted 20 month old son. I'd be happy to help in your research as well as share tips and learn from other blind moms on how they cope with the challenges of raising their children. I also work fulltime and live in an area with no public transportation so I am interested in learning how other blind moms handle transportation.
Thanks!
EC


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Hi, I am a first time blind mom with a sighted little bot. He is 19 months old. I am going to be having a little girl next month . Sorry it took so long for me to reply but I just became a user of this and just found this. If I can be of any help please let me know.


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Hi. If you're still looking for first time blind Moms, in Texas, I'll be glad to help. My son is 6 months old and I'm a first time mom with vision classified as hand motion only.


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I'm a 29 y/o Mom of two. My son was born on Jan 10, 2002 and is 2.5. My daugher was born on Mar 27, 2003, and is 1. I'll be trying for my third this fall.

I'm sorry I took so long to reply to this, but I just found it. I'm also looking for blind mothers with young children to chat with, etc because although I have many sighted friends who are mothers, it's nice to talk to those who are facking some of the same issues as I am.

Oh, btw, I'm totally blind and have been since birth.


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I am a first time mother and my son is almost 4mo old. He is putting everything he grabs into his mouth and my sight is still partially there. My vision is about 20/100 in one eye and 20/110 in the other. This vision loss has all happened to quickly and will continue to go as the months go on. My husband and I have always lived in a seeing world and now need to learn to know how to adjust, together as a family. As our son approaches the crawling stage I could truly use some advice. As a help in advice giving, I have no peripheral vision, many blind spots, and can't see in dim or orangish-yellow lighting.
I'd appreciate any help anyone could give me.
Jillian


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I am a low vision mom who has been legally defined as being blind. I am a mother of a two and half year old fully sighted baby boy. I am interested in what you are doing and I am looking to get to know other moms who have a similar situation. You may email me at emilytcampbell@hotmail.com


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i am a blind mother of a 21/2 year old son
please feel free to email me at blindbat@core.com
michelle


research help



You may wish posting your very same query to a discussion list hosted by AFB, called Research Roundtable (or, R-squared). Visit: http://www.topica.com/lists/R-Squared@igc.topica.com. It is a forum for people conducting and concerned with non-medical research and the research agenda in the field of blindness/visual impairment. (You will need to become a Topica member in order to post, if you aren't already, but it's free.) You may also wish to check with a group in the Bay Area, called Through the Looking Glass. They are a national resouce center for parents with disabilities: http://www.lookingglass.org


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