It is often difficult for the Deaf mother to talk with other mothers who are in the same generation about the child rearing. A group called the "Deaf Mothers' Group" was formed as a place of learning and socializing in November, 2011.
Four pairs of Deaf mother and child gathered in the "Baby Bar," a cafe designed for the Deaf mother and children, in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture in December, 2011. They discussed daily problems, exchanged information, etc.
Many of the participants worried about communication. It turned out that they hardly associated with the neighborhood or the area and wanted a place where the Deaf mothers gather to sharing the experiences in the child raising, etc.
The members will meet regularly, and the next meeting is scheduled for January 15, Sunday in the cafe.
MATSUMOTO Mari (30), a leader of the group, is bringing up two hearing boys (4 years old and 1 years old), and works full time as a clerk in a securities firm.
She says, "Work and child-rearing give me a good change though it is not easy to control my naughty boys."
Mari also believed a physical contact between a baby and its mother as one of the communications, and so obtained the qualification as a masságer for the baby and kid. She offers the technique for mother-child contact to the members.