23 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
    • 5.0 • 27 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.

    Sweeping the Membranes. Membrane Stripping

    Sweeping the Membranes. Membrane Stripping

    Sweeping the membranes is a great tool that is often used at the end of the 9th month to help stimulate contractions or labor.  
    It is typically performed during an office visit when and the cervix needs to be partially dilated in order for it to be effective.  The OB will typically insert one finger on a vaginal exam beyond the internal cervical os and then rate the finger circumferentially along the lower uterine portion of the uterus/cervix to pull the uterus away from the fetal membranes.  This helps to simulate the body into labor and is more effective as a woman approaches her due date and beyond. 
    Stripping or sweeping the membranes before labor has begun is associated with better outcomes in birth such as lower c-sections and shorter durations of pregnancy (i.e. less chance of going overdue).  This is a great tool that many OBs will use to help to stimulate labor and assist a woman
     
    We would love to hear from you about your birth experiences or anything you would like us to address about labor, birth pregnancy or postpartum on this podcast. Reach out to us at www.truebirthpodcast.com
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    • 15 min
    Shoulder Dystocia

    Shoulder Dystocia

    Shoulder dystocia is when the shoulders fail to delivery easier after the fetal head. If the shoulders do not deliver easily with a few simple maneuvers it is considered an obstetric emergency. Shoulder dystocia is not always easy to  anticipate and prevent, and often occurs in the absence of risk factors.
    The incidence of shoulder dystocia is 0.2 to 3 percent of births and the calm trained demeanor of an expert birth professional is paramount to navigating these situations with confidence. 
    In this episode, Dr. Abdelhak walks us through how to approach this labor room situation.  
    We would love to hear from you about your birth experiences or anything you would like us to address about labor, birth pregnancy or postpartum on this podcast. Reach out to us at www.truebirthpodcast.com
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    • 41 min
    Q&A With Dr. A

    Q&A With Dr. A

    Dr. Abdelhak answered some weekly questions about pregnancy. 
    If you have any comments or questions you would like us to answer please connect with us!
    We would love to hear from you about your birth experiences or anything you would like us to address about labor, birth pregnancy or postpartum on this podcast. Reach out to us at www.truebirthpodcast.com
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    • 15 min
    VBAC - Who is a Good Candidate?

    VBAC - Who is a Good Candidate?

    Long gone is the thought of once a cesarean always a cesarean. Women who have had a cesarean delivery in the past have the option of undergoing a trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) delivery or planned repeat cesarean delivery (PRCD) in their next pregnancy.  Ideally, a planned TOLAC leads vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) but may end in an unplanned cesarean delivery.
    How to decide if you are a good candidate for a TOLAC, VBAC or PRCD can be a hard choice for women to make. In this episode, we aim to give women some confidence in their choice regarding how they give birth after a cesarean. It is important to take into account personal preferences, as well as medical and pregnancy history
    Other factors that influence a women's decision include the chance that a woman will end up with a VBAC based on various factors as well as a woman's chance of uterine rupture.  
    If you have any comments or questions about VBAC please connect with us!
    We would love to hear from you about your birth experiences or anything you would like us to address about labor, birth pregnancy or postpartum on this podcast. Reach out to us at www.truebirthpodcast.com
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    • 34 min
    Tracking Weight Gain in Pregnancy - What's the Point?

    Tracking Weight Gain in Pregnancy - What's the Point?

    How much weight gain in pregnancy is normal? The answer is it's individual and unique for each woman.  Excessive weight gain can pose problems in pregnancy and is not typically recommended but in general there are several factors that contribute to what is normal and what is an acceptable amount.
    There have been several guidelines outlining the appropriate levels of weight gain in pregnancy and they can vary. 
    Generally physiologically weight gain is as follows 
    Fetus – 7 to 8 lb (3.2 to 3.6 kg) Fat stores – 6 to 8 lb (2.7 to 3.6 kg) Increased blood volume – 3 to 4 lb (1.4 to 1.8 kg) Increased extravascular fluid volume – 2 to 3 lb (0.9 to 1.4 kg) Amniotic fluid – 2 lb (0.9 kg) Breast enlargement – 1 to 3 lb (0.45 to 1.4 kg) Uterine hypertrophy – 2 lb (0.9 kg) Placenta – 1.5 lb (0.7 kg) Weight loss can also happen and can even be considered normal in the beginning of pregnancy.  In this episode, pregnancy (gestational) weight gain is meant to be a personal and individual discussion with a woman an her provider. 
     
    We would love to hear from you about your birth experiences or anything you would like us to address about labor, birth pregnancy or postpartum on this podcast. Reach out to us at www.truebirthpodcast.com
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    • 12 min
    Assisted Vaginal Delivery

    Assisted Vaginal Delivery

    Assisted vaginal delivery (also known as operative vaginal delivery) is when the doctor or midwife assists the woman to delivery using forceps, a vacuum, or other devices to extract the baby from the vagina during the second stage (pushing stage) of labor.  There are several factors that go into the decision of when to use an instrument to aid a woman in the delivery of her baby.  These factors both maternal and fetal are discussed in this episode. In general, this type of assistance is given in lieu of a cesarean birth.
    The prevalence of assisted vaginal delivery with forceps or vacuums is around 3-4.5%.  Forceps are utilized much less commonly and account for approximately 0.5 percent of vaginal births, and vacuum deliveries accounted for 2.6-4 percent of vaginal births. 
    Forceps can be used to delivery the head and or rotate the head to an optimal position for delivery. Different type of forceps can be utilized: outlet forceps, low forceps and mid forceps. 
    Vacuum deliveries do not have a separate classification system and the rotation of the baby's head is not performed with vacuum deliveries.  
    We have included a video link here with some explanations of birth forceps and vacuum. 
    We would love to hear from you about your birth experiences or anything you would like us to address about labor, birth pregnancy or postpartum on this podcast. Reach out to us at www.truebirthpodcast.com
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

dorf-man ,

Entertaining and eye opening

A friend told me about this podcast. It’s so refreshing to hear doctors talk openly. I really enjoy it despite being a guy who’s not in the pregnancy game.

1573? ,

Perfect for first time moms

Quick, easy to understand and digestible. Gives you the DL on what to expect and all the things you wondered about — but were too afraid to ask. Excellent for first timers!!

Gina_Espostein ,

5 stars!

This is the most entertaining and medically accurate series brought to you by people who see and do it all. I am Labor and delivery nurse and having working alongside Dr. Abdelhak and Kristen for many years I can attest to their honesty, skill, knowledge base and most importantly their humor. Dr. Abdelhak is certainly one of a kind and it’s so fun to listen to him share so much of himself to everyone else! Enjoy, because this is what makes life on the labor floor so fun! Can’t wait for more episodes!!!!

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