Larraine Bernstein, born and raised in Baltimore, defines herself through her work as a professional in the public health field, her volunteer and philanthropic commitments and most importantly, through her family – her biggest priority. As far back as she can remember, Larraine says she always wanted to be a mother.

I feel blessed that my sons, Jonathan and Jeffrey, have grown to be exceptional, young adults, and giving birth to and raising them has been my most gratifying job. My younger son, Jeffrey now lives in Miami with his fiancé Alli and my older son Jon and his wife Erika live nearby.

The piece de resistance.
On April 6 our granddaughter and first grandchild, Dalia Shir Hornstein, was born to Jon and Erika. I haven’t stopped smiling since she arrived. It is also so gratifying to see my son as a father. He has been so attentive to both Dalia and Erika, and I am proud to see the adult he has become.

More than 35 years in the field of public health – mostly focused on child health.
I care so much about the health and well-being of everyone and, in particular, children, adolescents and young adults. They start out so dependent on the adults in their lives, and how they develop is a byproduct of that dependence and hopefully interdependence later on in life.

Buckle Up
My first professional job was with the State of Maryland Kids and Safety Seats program. I was an integral part in getting the Maryland Safety Seat and Safety Belt legislation passed. I worked with grass roots organizations to advocate for passage of the safety seat law and had the unique opportunity of testifying at the Maryland Legislature.

Claim to Fame
I was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in 1983, after passage of the first safety seat law and right before she left for Chicago and her own TV talk show. Oprah was anchoring the noon news, and she invited me to do a five-minute interview about the safety seat law and the importance of child safety seats. While engaged in child passenger safety work at the national level, I also got to meet Jim Henson (of blessed memory) and Kermit the Frog, both of whom were honorary chairs of National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week.

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The Associated Contributors

The Associated Contributors are writers from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.