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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 nur ...
 
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After healing from her harrowing surgeries, Esther was finally healthy enough to fulfill her desire of growing her family. The necessity for future gynecological surgeries shortened her timeframe and made the stakes much higher this time. Her fertility treatment plans were derailed by the pandemic and she sequentially experienced a pregnancy loss. …
 
After overcoming infertility hurdles to have her children, Esther came across some difficult information that presented the possibility she would not live long enough to raise them. Testing positive for the BRCA gene mutation meant that she had to make some very difficulty decisions and her ultimate choices weren’t always well received by those aro…
 
Why is it important to take an active role in decisions about your medical care? How does the process of shared decision making work? To what extent does the responsibility of making decisions rest on you? What is informed consent? What if you don’t want to know about all the scary things that can happen and would rather the medical team decide eve…
 
Why would someone decide to decline pain medication in labor? What tools and resources are helpful to achieve this? How can their doctors and nurses affect their decision? What happens when you end up requiring medical interventions? Can you really give birth without pain meds if you have an induction? These are all questions and obstacles that Bas…
 
Choosing a doctor or midwife is one of the most important decisions that you will have to make during your pregnancy. What qualities should you look for in an obstetrician to determine whether they are both competent and the right fit for you? To what extent does their “bedside manner” matter in the quality of care that they provide? What are the p…
 
Shira is a social media creative and Mo is at the cusp of finishing his 10 year journey to becoming a neonatologist. They retell the birth stories of their 3 children, highlighting the stark differences between having their first 2 babies 10 years ago as newlyweds and their 3rd baby who was born a few months ago. Shira faced quite a few obstacles d…
 
What does it mean to have “infertility”? Why is pregnancy after infertility challenging? How can you support someone close to you who finds themselves in this situation? What is the roller coaster of emotions that those who struggled to become pregnant commonly feel when they finally see those 2 pink lines (or get a positive beta test)? What are wa…
 
What are the qualities that you should look for when hiring a doula? What is and is not within a doula’s scope of practice? Is a doula supposed to speak up for you in the hospital? Should a doula argue with the staff in the hospital? What happens if your doctor is recommending something against your wishes? What’s the difference between consent and…
 
Fewer deaths doesn’t make it ok to fire rockets at civilians. It’s time to tell the truth about what’s going on in Israel and the far-reaching effects that Hamas’s missile attacks have on their targets. Hear about what it’s like to give birth when your country is under attack. Sarah Amar, an American emigre to Israel, tells us about her experience …
 
Get ready to laugh until you cry in this second part of Rachel’s birth story. She shares her funny take on labor, being sent away by the hospital when she came for her induction, how she managed when her epidural didn’t work and how to put a medical student to good use. She gives moms who are scared of labor encouragement and strength. The most imp…
 
As an adoptee, Rachel Safer tells us how that influenced her feelings around pregnancy. Her story sharing style is hilarious as she bemoaned all of the discomforts of her pregnancy. Rachel tells us about her hospitalization when she got Covid in her 9th month, how sharing her pregnancy with the public brought on lots of unsolicited feedback and tea…
 
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, …
 
My sister-in-law Rivka Raizel had her wedding and her first baby during the Covid pandemic. Because of the unexpected circumstances, she and her husband (my baby brother!) had to put their plans of moving in Israel on hold. They finally gained entry only to find themselves back in the States to have their first baby near family. As a foreigner, RR …
 
Dr. Elissa Hellman is an experienced, board certified OB/GYN who has been in practice in midwest for the past ten years. She is also the physician at The Confident Kallah, a telemedicine gynecology practice focused on the needs of Jewish women who observe Taharat HaMishpacha (Jewish family purity laws). She consults on a range of women's health iss…
 
My husband, Tovyah, joins me once again as we retell our second and third birth stories, and how much better they were. I also share what decisions I would have made differently given my knowledge now as an L&D nurse. To learn even more about these topics, check out the Yoledet Academy Instagram community. Check out the Yoledet Picks Amazon Storefr…
 
My first birth experience was really terrible. It was what planted the seeds in me to become a labor and delivery nurse, and still informs me today on how to practice as one. My husband, Tovyah, joins me and talks about his own perspective of what happened. To learn even more about these topics, check out the Yoledet Academy Instagram community. Ch…
 
There are so many awesome sources of information about pregnancy and birth - be they through podcasts, courses, blogs, or social media - so why do I feel like I need to be another one? We often choose to get our information from those that we connect to most, whose philosophy and beliefs align with ours. I'm sharing mine here because I want you to …
 
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