March 1980 Texas Adoptee Looking For Birthparents

I am a Texas adoptee who was born the week of spring 1980 at Polly Ryan Medical Center in Richmond, Texas. I believe that one or both of my birthparents were in the military, and both worked in restaurants. Birthmother was born in 1957 with two sisters 1960 and 1961. My birthparents were married in February 1979, and were married for six months. I had seizures at birth as well. I had a closed adoption with now Spaulding For Children based in Houston, Texas. My birthfather was born in 1958. Over the past few years I have had adoptee angels working to filter through public records looking for a possible connection. I have had names checked as if I knew who they were, then I could receive my original birth certificate from the state. The names that I have right now that have not been checked are as follows:

Birthmother: Darlene Kay (Bennett) Peters
Birthfather: Douglas R. Whitehead

They should still be somewhere near Richmond, Texas today!

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


Pre-term Birth Tied To Autism

>> Thursday, January 29, 2009

I found this article at about pre-termed babies are about two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with autism. Preemies are at risk for many different illnesses. The scientists are looking at environmental and genetic possible causes. Dr. Karl Kuban stated," The increased risk for autism indicated in these children may not be directly caused by being born prematurely. Instead, it is possible that whatever causes a child to have autism also may force an early birth." Both of my pregnancies went full -term, and both have autism. You can read the numbers on the study at the link. I have known some parents with pre-term babies that do have a form of autism, but me myself I have no experience on that one. Were yours pre-term babies?

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