6. The Humanness of High Risk


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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, www.chavikar.com.

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