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Jenni Levy
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Jenni Levy lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, David, their daughter, Emma, and a large, unruly Labrador Retriever. She is an internist specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. In what remains of her spare time, she leads services at the local Reconstructionist synagogue and enjoys crossword puzzles and mystery novels. Jenni placed 70th a few years ago at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and remains inordinately proud of that achievement.

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My Daughter's Story

(2) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 8:58 AM

When our children come to us through adoption, how do we explain it? When your child's origin story is a tale of tragedy, how do you respond?

Most of us, these days, don't try to keep it a secret. We didn't. We thought we did everything right. Emma always knew...

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Smarter Than a Second-Grader?

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 11:35 AM

Allison Slater Tate's recent post reminded me of this conversation with my daughter, Emma. She was 7. I wish our government was as smart as a second-grader.

"Mommy, why do some people say women should do all the cooking and take care of the children?"

"Hmm. Who did...

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So, Who Does What?

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 2:52 PM

After Lisa Belkin wrote her piece about "leaning in at home," she posted it on Facebook with the question "Who does what in your house?" I've been meaning to write about this ever since the Wandering Scientist wrote about the division of labor in her house...

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On the 40th Anniversary of Roe: My Daughter, Her Choices

(6) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 11:11 AM

Never assume. First rule of life. If you meet me, don't assume that I see adoption as a "solution" to abortion. Don't assume that becoming an adoptive parent changed my pro-choice position. Don't assume that just because I have a daughter, I think I'm entitled to control her body. Don't...

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'Just Adopt'

(61) Comments | Posted January 13, 2013 | 9:30 AM

I have a question for those of you who haven't dealt with infertility. When you hear a story about "extreme" measures to have a biological child -- gestational surrogates, multiple attempts at IVF, egg donation -- what's your response? Do you feel curious? Are you sad? Do you think "There...

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