Laura was born in Midland, Texas, a small town of 30,000 where everyone knew each other's name. An only child, Laura says she longed for a brother or sister. "My mother had three miscarriages after she had me. They were really live births. They were early. They were named babies," she says. "I knew what a sadness it was for them that they didn't have more children."

A self-professed homebody, Laura says life at home was happy and she loved spending time with her parents. "I think it shaped me in a lot of ways. They were very stable. They loved each other very much," she says. "It's a huge advantage to grow up in a family like that—parents who are interested in parenting who have a stable life and love each other. And I was very assured I was loved."


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