I am so excited to become a mother! As an aunt, godmother, and pediatrician, I have gotten to know and love many amazing kids, but it's not the same as being there for bedtimes and scraped knees. I am lucky to have a strong support system of family and friends to help out. Thank you for taking time to get to know about me.

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Michelle
job description
Developmental Pediatrician
education
Doctor of Medicine
favorites
Hobby
Pottery
Memory with a Child
Dancing With My Friend's Toddler
Personal Hero
Michelle Obama
Color
Blue
Musical Group
Indigo Girls
children
None
relationship
Single

Why I Chose Adoption
All Smiles on a Sunny Day

I believe that there are many ways to become a parent. Adoption is one I have been familiar with and considered for a long time. I have seen many examples of adoption in my family, in my friends, and in my patients. It's definitely an adventure that appeals to me. I have a lot of experience, patience, and flexibility to navigate the path.

The decision to place a child with an adoptive family is a serious one and is not undertaken lightly-I imagine the birth parents want to be certain that their biological child is safe, well cared for, and given opportunity to grow up with security and stability At this point in my life, I can offer all of those things.

While I am not able to carry a child myself, I know that I can still be a mother-something I have dreamed of for my whole life. Adoption is, for me, an opportunity to become a mother, a way to parent a child who is bonded with me by love.

What It Means to Become a Parent
Holiday Fun

Being a parent is a big job and a lifetime commitment. I believe that a parent's main goal is to guide a child to discover and develop his/her own strengths. A big part of this is providing unconditional love and belonging so that the child feels safe enough to explore the world.

I look forward to many moments of laughter and play, dancing and singing. There are so many fun moments in parenting! I understand, though, that being a parent is more than just "fun" and that there will be scraped knees, sleepless nights, and disagreements. I really look forward to helping my child to learn to weather the inevitable storms of life and to help him/her understand feelings and relationships.

As a parent I will also be responsible for education, not just with exposure to school, but also to art, music, sports, and a variety of cultural experiences. I hope to share my own beliefs about right and wrong and encourage my child to become an ethical and kind adult.

I understand that being a parent will not always be easy, but I know it will always be rewarding!

My Cultural Heritage
Ready for a Bat Mitzvah

I was fortunate to participate in many cultures while growing up. Because of this and because of my parents' openness and insistence on learning to understand others' perspectives, I feel comfortable with people of different religions, races, cultures, economic circumstances, and abilities.

I was raised in the reform Jewish faith and attended synagogue and religious school. As part of my religious education, I explored and visited other faith communities. I loved learning about how different people approach the same core concerns of living a good and ethical life. I consider myself Jewish culturally and maintain many traditions although I tend to be more spiritual than religious.

Because my parents immigrated from Argentina to the U.S., I also identify myself as Latin American. I grew up speaking both Spanish and English. Being bilingual has been one of the greatest gifts of my life-how cool to be able to talk with people who share my language even though they come from a different culture!

I grew up in a southern town speaking Spanish and English, eating foods from all over the world, and going to school with children of many races and religions. I studied languages (French and Spanish) and was fortunate to travel widely through North and Latin America, Israel, and Europe.

If my child is of a different race or background, we will maintain connection with people who share that background. I will also teach inclusion and acceptance of all sorts of different people.

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