98 episodes

 

Helping women have better births and better birth experiences. Our experts share their perspectives on pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. These are raw, honest stories about the experience of labor from the professional's point of view. Listen and get inside your OB/GYN or midwife's head.



Our goal is to share the truth about pregnancy and birth with the listener and to explain our thought process. We see our role as one in which we guide and inform, presenting facts so that the laboring mother can make the best decisions for her.   If there are concerns during pregnancy or issues that need to be addressed before the birth, we present them, opening a dialogue and encouraging conversation; we give the options, but we can not and will not decide for the patient. We leave it up to her and her family. We are here to be as straightforward and transparent as possible and help a birthing woman have the optimal pregnancy, labor and birth experience.



We serve the truth straight up in common English and steer clear of medical jargon. Our goal is to make medicine, obstetrics, and all relevant information as easily digestible as possible for the listener to enjoy, share and learn from.



Each episode covers birth and prenatal topics through the eyes of Dr. Yaakov Abdelhak, a NYC metro area Perinatologist and Maternal Fetal Medicine Doctor, and his trusty side kick, Certified Nurse Midwife Kristin Mallon.

True Birth Dr. Yaakov Abdelhak & Kristin Mallon, RN, CNM

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 79 Ratings

 

Helping women have better births and better birth experiences. Our experts share their perspectives on pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. These are raw, honest stories about the experience of labor from the professional's point of view. Listen and get inside your OB/GYN or midwife's head.



Our goal is to share the truth about pregnancy and birth with the listener and to explain our thought process. We see our role as one in which we guide and inform, presenting facts so that the laboring mother can make the best decisions for her.   If there are concerns during pregnancy or issues that need to be addressed before the birth, we present them, opening a dialogue and encouraging conversation; we give the options, but we can not and will not decide for the patient. We leave it up to her and her family. We are here to be as straightforward and transparent as possible and help a birthing woman have the optimal pregnancy, labor and birth experience.



We serve the truth straight up in common English and steer clear of medical jargon. Our goal is to make medicine, obstetrics, and all relevant information as easily digestible as possible for the listener to enjoy, share and learn from.



Each episode covers birth and prenatal topics through the eyes of Dr. Yaakov Abdelhak, a NYC metro area Perinatologist and Maternal Fetal Medicine Doctor, and his trusty side kick, Certified Nurse Midwife Kristin Mallon.

    Midwives, OB/GYNs, Perinatologists, MFMs: What's the difference? Episode #103

    Midwives, OB/GYNs, Perinatologists, MFMs: What's the difference? Episode #103

    What is the difference between midwives, OB/GYNs, and high risk MFM specilaits? What about douals. and labor coaches?  Is a midwive like an OB/GYN?  Isn't a midwife just a doula? What are the differences between each? 
     
    According the the American College of Midwives the definition of midwifery is:
    "Midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs®) and certified midwives (CMs®) encompasses a full range of primary health care services for women from adolescence beyond menopause. These services include the independent provision of primary care, gynecologic and family planning services, preconception care, care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, care of the normal newborn during the first 28 days of life, and treatment of male partners for sexually transmitted infections. Midwives provide initial and ongoing comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment. They conduct physical examinations; prescribe medications including controlled substances and contraceptive methods; admit, manage and discharge patients; order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests and order the use of medical devices. Midwifery care also includes health promotion, disease prevention, and individualized wellness education and counseling. These services are provided in partnership with women and families in diverse settings such as ambulatory care clinics, private offices, community and public health systems, homes, hospitals and birth centers."
     
    The definition of an OB/GYN from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist is:
    "Ob-gyns are doctors who have special training and education in women’s health care. They are dedicated to the medical and surgical care of women’s health throughout the lifespan.
    Ob-gyns who are members of ACOG are called Fellows or Junior Fellows. ACOG Fellows are ob-gyns who are board certified in obstetrics, gynecology, or both. They are identified by the initials FACOG after their name. ACOG Junior Fellows are ob-gyn residents or recent graduates of an approved residency program and not yet board certified.
    Some ob-gyns have extra training in a focused area of women’s health care. These areas include:
    Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (focused on pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, and pelvic pain)
    Gynecologic oncology (focused on cancers of the cervix, ovaries, uterus, vagina, and vulva)
    Maternal-fetal medicine (focused on high-risk pregnancies)
    Reproductive endocrinology and infertility (focused on the hormones of the reproductive system and helping women who have problems getting pregnant)"
     
    The defintion of a doula or a labor coach from the Doulas of North America is:
    "A [doula] is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informationl support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her ahieve the healtiest, most satifying expericne possible."
     
    An MFM (Maternal Fetal Medicine) specilaist is: 
    "Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physicians are high-risk pregnancy experts, specializing in the un-routine. For moms-to-be with chronic health problems, we work with other specialists in an office or hospital setting to keep mom healthy as her body changes and her baby grows. We also care for moms who face unexpected problems that develop during pregnancy, such as early labor, bleeding, or high blood pressure. We’re the go-to for moms who arrive in the hospital while they are pregnant for any reason, whether after an accident or at the onset of a kidney infection. In other cases, it’s the baby who faces the un-routine. If we find birth defects or growth problems, we can start treatment before birth, providing monitoring, blood transfusions and surgery to support babies with the best possible care until they are ready to arrive in the world.
    Training A maternal-fetal medicine sub-specialist is an obstetrician/gynecologist who has compl

    • 43 min
    Postpartum Hemorrhage: Uterine Atony. Episode #102

    Postpartum Hemorrhage: Uterine Atony. Episode #102

    Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is heavy or excessive bleeding after giving birth.  There are several reasons why PPH may occur following delivery.  In this episode, postpartum hemorrhage as a result of uteirne atony is reviewed.   
    Uterine atony is when the placenta deliveres but the uterus does not cramp down and stop its own bleeding following birth.  After birth, there is a natural mechanism where the uterus itself acts as it's own mechanical block of excessive bleedding.  When the uterus does not cramp down, uterine atony ensures and excessive bleeding can be the result. 
     We'll review identificatoin, treatment, and. prevnetion. 
     
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    • 32 min
    RH Factor in Pregnancy: Episode #101

    RH Factor in Pregnancy: Episode #101

    RH factor in pregnancy and RhD alloimmunization in pregnancy. What happends when a patient has RH negative blood during prengnacy and what happends when alloimmunization takes place.  RhD-negative patients who deliver an RhD-positive newborn or who are otherwise exposed to RhD-positive red blood cells are at risk of developing antibodies which can leadd to alloimmunization.   This primarily affects a subsequent pregnancy if the patient is exposed to RhD positive blood during the pregnancy or labor. 
     
    If the next pregnacy has a RhD-positive fetuses, that pregnancy is at risk for developing hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN), which can be associated with serious fetal anemia and fetal hydrops. 
    This episode reviews the importance of the Rh factor in pregnancy. 
     
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    • 32 min
    Our 100th Episode

    Our 100th Episode

    Today is a big anniversary!  We have been at podcasting for 1 year and have reached out 100th episode. In this week's podcast we review our most downloaded episodes and our own personal favorites. 
    Our practice website can be found at:
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    • 23 min
    Placenta Encapsulation: Episode #99

    Placenta Encapsulation: Episode #99

    Placenta encapsulation is the procedure of taking a placenta and making it into pill form for consumption usually following birth. Placenta encapsulation has gained popularity in the past decade as a remedy to aid and assist with postpartum depresssion, lactation, and overall health and well-being following childbirth.  
    Encapsulation is not the only form of placenta ingestion utlized, but has become the most common.  In this episode, we review the practices that are associated, the rational and the safety. 
     
    Our practice website can be found at:
    Maternal Resources: https://www.maternalresources.org/
    Remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.  Please consider leaving us a review on iTunes
    Our Social Channels are as follows
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/integrativeob
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/maternalresources
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/integrativeobgyn/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IntegrativeOB
    Our practice website can be found at:
    Maternal Resources: https://www.maternalresources.org/
    Remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.  Please consider leaving us a review on iTunes
    Our Social Channels are as follows
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/integrativeob
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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IntegrativeOB
     

    • 10 min
    Birth Plans for Labor Delivery & Pregnancy: Episode #98

    Birth Plans for Labor Delivery & Pregnancy: Episode #98

    Birth plans have increased in popularity in the last several decades and many templates exist online from popular pregnancy and birthing websites, vlogs and blogs. What really needs to be included in a birth plan?
     
    A birth plan is a great way to have a conversation with your OB/GYN or midwife to be on the same page about the expectations surrounding birth. 
     
    This episode covers what are key components to include in your birth plan.
     
    Our practice website can be found at:
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    Remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.  Please consider leaving us a review on iTunes
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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79 Ratings

79 Ratings

StL-OB-RN ,

As an OB nurse educator…

I cannot recommend this podcast enough! I have almost 11 years experience in hospital high risk OB and these episodes are spot on. I’ve enjoyed listening and learning to these two.

Next group of students I have, I’m going to use these podcasts as a fun post-conference activity.

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So good!!

I love this two and the content they put out ❤️❤️such great insights and a common sense approach to birth! Stellar all around

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Excellent

By far the most eye opening and informative podcast on pregnancy. Thoroughly entertaining as well

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