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A Piece of My Mind
July 5, 2006

Cultural Competency

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A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(1):23-24. doi:10.1001/jama.296.1.23

I am a single mother. Not so unusual among my patients in the Yale-New Haven pediatric primary care center, but less common on this side of the stethoscope.

I started out parenting in a two-parent household. The day my husband, Amal, and I brought our first daughter, Maya, home from the hospital, we were greeted by four grandparents. Our second daughter, Elina, had similar beginnings. But a few weeks later, when my husband died in a car crash, I found myself suddenly a single parent to a 7-week-old and a 2½-year-old.

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