The Happy Birthway Podcast

6. The Humanness of High Risk

av The Happy Birthway Podcast | Publicerades 5/2/2021

Despite Dr. Karkowsky's extraordinary knowledge and expertise in the highly specialized and complex area of high risk obstetrics, she infuses her care with a high level of compassion and empathy, remaining cognizant of the complexity of her patients' lives outside of the medical sphere. These patients are often unexpectedly thrust into this world, having to learn a new language and sometimes needing to make very difficult decisions, neither choice being ideal. She is a master storywriter and captivating story teller. We talk about the barriers of a complicated healthcare system, the pitfalls of having too much compassion, her experiences of working as a doctor in Israel and how Rabbinical and medical authorities can clash and merge when it comes to the extraordinary lifecycle event of reproduction.   Dr. Karkowsky completed medical school at Mount Sinai, her residency at Harvard University Hospitals, followed by a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM). She now works as a high risk obstetrics specialist in New York City.     Chavi also lived in Tel Aviv with her family for several years, and worked at an ultra-Orthodox hospital in Northern Israel, experiences she loves to talk about.    Chavi has written for the Atlantic, Slate, the Washington Post, and other publications. "High Risk: Stories of Pregnancy, Birth, and the Unexpected" (Liveright/Norton 2020) is her first book, and is available everywhere that books are sold.    Chavi lives in NYC with her wonderful partner, Josh, and their four stir-crazy kids. She can be reached via her website,   To continue the conversation, and learn more about similar topics, check out the Yoledet Academy Instagram community.   Check out the Yoledet Picks Amazon Storefront to find any of the products mentioned in this episode, and discover Chanie’s other favorites.   If you like what you hear and want to help more people discover this show, here's what you can do to help us grow: 1. Rate and review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. 2. Subscribe to this show on whichever podcast app you listen. Ex: hit the button "follow" right under the cover art on Spotify. Plus - you'll never miss another episode. 3. Be a good friend and spread the wealth of knowledge! You never know how this will improve someone's life.  Did you know that you can listen on your web browser too? Just hit this link and share it with your friends - no special apps needed.

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Are you a first time pregnant mom and scared out of your mind? Having your second and don't want to go through the same birth trauma as your first? Doubting the quality of your maternity care? Trying to sort between real and fake pregnancy advice? Want to know how you can get hospital staff on board with your birth plan, even if it doesn't fit in with hospital policy? Feeling lost and wishing you knew more about pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, & how to take care newborns? I'm an L&D nurse who reveals insider secrets that you won't learn in your standard childbirth education course. A healthy mom and healthy baby just don't cut it - we also need a happy mom. I interview experts and listen to birth stories. Being an Orthodox Jew, I also talk about the influence of Judaism on the reproductive experience. This show spans way beyond pregnancy and birth. We talk about sex, birth control, birth trauma, perinatal mental health, postpartum realities, breastfeeding, sleep training, diet culture, infertility, realities of our healthcare system, Jewish law, and so much more. The information here is not intended to give you medical advice or replace the care of a qualified healthcare provider.