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A Piece of My Mind
闯耻苍别听6, 2024

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  • 1Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. Published online June 6, 2024. doi:10.1001/jama.2024.7515

It鈥檚 past 10 o鈥檆lock as I approach our townhouse on a cold Tuesday evening in early March. A light is on in the dining room. Maybe one of the kids had a bad dream? Hope nobody鈥檚 sick. I got stuck at work late, again, missed bedtime for the second night in a row.

Mom fail.

I pull the storm door open at a well-practiced angle, quieting its creak just enough to not wake up the children. Tiptoeing inside, I untie my dirty scrubs in the hallway.

Anne and Clare rush forward in greeting, cheeks flushed, voices tumbling over with excitement. 鈥淢ommy, Mommy, one of the chicks was born! It鈥檚 so cute! Its tummy looks a little funny!鈥 My breath catches.

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