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The MyHeritage Interview Series: Multifamily Expert Laura Pergola

Politicians, stay-at-home dads, academics or businesswomen...they all know the value of family and the joys of staying in touch with them. But what is on their family photo's? How often do they call their mother and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

Laura Pergola lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she has set up the Multifamilias foundation. The foundation brings families with twins, triplets or multiples together. Its mission is to offer advice and help on health in multiple pregnancies and to improve the quality of life of the children born at the same birth. This time Laura answers MyHeritage's questions.

Laura Pergola's twinsWhen was Multifamilia set up and why?

The idea to set up Multifamilias started in 2000, when I tried to find information about the risks of a multiple pregnancy and the issues regarding the raising of multiple children but could not find it. Today we have a database of 7000 families. we offer them advice from a team of professionals from different fields. And we edit the only magazine about this topic in the Spanish language.

What is on your favourite family photo?

My favourite photograph is one we took in one of the meetings that the Multifamilias Foundation organizes every year to get families with multiple children together.

The picture is not only a portrait of my twins, for whom I started the Foundation, but it also reflects that they accompany me in each and every activity that Multifamilias has.

My husband and children always support and encourage me in the enterprises I undertake and that shows up in my photographs. Sometimes they get tired, but they're happy about the achievements.

What is your favourite holiday and how does your family celebrate it?

One of my most beloved holiday is one when we went to the province of San Luis, Argentina, where we rented a ranch. We enjoyed the different landscapes very much: swam in waterfalls, rode horses, visited a rhea farm, spent time in the swimming pool and travelled around by car, which we love to do.

Are you interested in genealogy and if so why?

Yes, I think is important to know one's origins. Likewise when we insist that multiple children have a DNA test made when they born to find out if there are identical twins or not.

How does your family use the Internet and what do they use it for?

All of us in my family use the Internet, a lot. We have several computers at home. What's more, my job in the Multifamilias Foundation requires a heavy use of the Internet. My children use it to chat and look for educational material of their school.

What famous person (if any) would you like to have in your family and
why?

I choose Gandhi to belong to my family because he preached with the example, he lived in extreme poverty and rejected political power, before and after the liberation of India. Because he was a non- violence leader, he is an unique case among the revolutionary men of all time.

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