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Unpopular opinion: A healthy mom and healthy baby are NOT enough. Why don't we pay attention to a mother's experience and perceptions of her birth enough? I'm an L&D nurse revealing insider secrets that you won't learn in your standard childbirth ed class. We explore every facet (from opposite extremes) of not just birth, but the experience of womanhood and childbearing. Along with women sharing their experiences vulnerably, a slew of experts gift us with knowledge we never thought we needed ...
 
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This is the first of a 3-part series on Health At Every Size, especially during the perinatal phase of life. Rachel Tuchman joins us for the first 2 parts to break down what HAES is and isn't, why weight isn't a good tracker of health, why dieting and trying to lose weight is harmful, and how we need to change our mindset about food. Rachel Tuchman…
 
Leah Golfiz faced some difficult news at the beginning of her first pregnancy, which eventually resulted in a painful loss. She shares how she coped with the difficulties of her pregnancy and how she elevated her experience with prayer and connection to G-d. Find Leah on Instagram: @modestywithlove Subscribe to the email list on my new website: htt…
 
Sleeeeep - new parents are constantly chasing this highly sought-after commodity when you have a young baby. Riki Taubenblat, a pediatric sleep consultant, discusses what you can do to get more of it, even with a newborn. Riki is a Pediatric Sleep Consultant who works with mothers of babies 0-24 months to help them be their best selves- for both ba…
 
Hospitals with Baby-Friendly designation are touted to be extremely supportive of breastfeeding, but they are notorious for not having a nursery. Many mothers feel unsupported without a nursery in the hospital. I break down what a Baby-Friendly hospital is and my thoughts on hospitals that closed their nurseries. Baby-Friendly designation guideline…
 
Growing up, everyone around Dobby marvelled at her remarkable health. Therefore she was unprepared for the string of unrelated medical complications and challenges that began with her first pregnancy, which continued into her second and beyond. Throughout, Dobby managed to cope exceptionally well, and these experiences helped her discover new parts…
 
Tamari had much better feeding journeys with her next 2 babies. She talks about what she did differently, how she incorporates that into her professional guidance, and gives great advice on what all mothers - breastfeeding AND pumping - can do to have the most pleasant and successful experience. You can reach Tamari on Instagram @onewiththepump as …
 
Exclusive pumping was not the way that Tamari envisioned feeding her baby. After many frustrating weeks of struggling to breastfeed her first baby, she had no choice but to resort to it if she wanted to provide him with breastmilk. She was lost and struggled immensely, having no idea what a wild ride it would be. She took that experience to self ac…
 
Last week, we were "on the other side of the bed" so to speak. I had an encounter in the hospital with my daughter's medical care that left me frustrated and angry. It led me to put the self-advocacy skills that I teach to so many into practice for myself. Were my strong reactions a result of my experience working in a hospital or because I was lik…
 
Sheina Schochet is a relationship coach and therapist who specializes in helping couples keep their connection after having kids. Find out why some couples are just as connected before and after having kids and why some get divorced. Sheina gives loads of relationship and marriage advice specifically as it relates to the challenges that a couple fa…
 
Simcha's birth unfolded in a way that challenged many of her beliefs about birth. She used this perspective shift as a source of growth and an opportunity for connection with G-d. Despite lots of curveballs thrown her way, Simcha emerged from her birth with feelings of empowerment and being cared for. Postpartum, however, triggered some dormant anx…
 
What is egg freezing? How is it changing the landscape of shidduchim? Who should be doing it and when? What are the challenges and ethical concerns that it presents for Jewish Orthodox families? What exactly is the BRCA mutation, why is it imperative to test early for it? Are there solutions for those who test positive to enable them to have health…
 
Lifestyle blogger Cami of @themommydictionary not only tells us about what it was like for her to give birth to twins, but courageosuly opens up about her infertility struggles and PCOS, how she copes with the toll that motherhood has taken on her mental health and how her perspective on the challenges of pregnancy and birth has shifted. This fierc…
 
What training is required to become a doctor? What is the difference between med students, residents, fellows and attending doctors? What are the pros and cons of giving birth in a teaching hospital? How can you minimize unnecessary interventions in birth, even if you have pregnancy complications? What are the extra responsibilities of doctors that…
 
Everyone gets nervous about fasting. Being pregnant, freshly postpartum or nursing gives you an extra reason to be. I take the most common questions from pregnant and nursing moms on my Instagram account and answer them here. You'll get a good sense of when it's safe to fast and when it's not, red flags to look out for during the fast, what you sho…
 
Yocheved Davidowitz hosts "A Deeper Conversation" - a podcast that delves into the topic of Tefillah (prayer) and connecting to Hashem (G-d). Yocheved is a teacher and therapist, and she joined me to talk about prayer as a means of connecting with the month of Elul and the Yamim Noraim (high holidays), which ultimately brings us to a closer relatio…
 
Avigail Hasson aka @themodestbohemian was born in the Phillipines and came to the US as a young child. Due to various life circumstances, she found herself questioning the meaning of her existence as a young adult, which set on the path to discovery of HaShem and Judaism. Today she is a proud Orthodox Jewish Woman, wife, and mom, who focuses on bea…
 
Shevi Samet and I get real about how observing Taharas Hamishpacha (Jewish Family Purity laws), is challenging for many. Being niddah in labor, birth and the postpartum period can present additional struggles, especially considering the large amount of support many new mothers need. Shevi is ever empathic toward those who experience these challenge…
 
What do the "days of awe" mean to you? As children we are taught a rudimentary version of these important Jewish concepts, and as we mature, so does the depth of our understanding of these ideas. Esti Marcus, LCSW and trauma therapist, joins me to discuss the Torah and psychological perspective on the teshuva process, and how it can be applied to a…
 
Becoming a mother changes all the parts of you - including your body. Yaelle is a registered dietician who focuses her nutrition practice on helping moms get healthy. Many clients come to her with the intention of losing weight because they're struggling to accept their new body, but is dieting really the answer to this problem? Promo codes for thi…
 
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…
 
Jezliah grew up as the daughter of a pastor in a Sabbath-observing Christian church in Texas. When she was a teenager, her mom made some discoveries that literally turned their lives around. Jezliah's singing and dancing have always been a major part of her life, and her talents have helped her find her place in the Jewish community which she now c…
 
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…
 
One year ago I spoke with Ilana Ybgi, Yaffy Newman, and Batyah Delmoor about their expriences being frum Women of Color. For this episode, Ilana and Yaffy joined me again (Batyah was unable to join due to other obligations), this time to talk about what the past year has been like with racism in the spotlight, along with their experiences with anti…
 
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…
 
These past couple of years, following the news has felt like a roller coaster. Between COVID, the US presidential elections, and most recently the Israel-Gaza conflict, there has been a lot to follow, but the biased coverage and spin that most news outlets engage in can be confusing and frustrating. Bracha Halperin saw the need for unbiased, non-in…
 
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 …
 
Chanie Fingerer is a Labor and Delivery nurse and Legal Nurse consultant, who is on a mission to educate women about pregnancy, birth, and the post-partum phase, so that they can be their own best advocates as they go through these experiences.By kolisha
 
Rhonda Malkin grew up in Southern California and started training as a dancer at four years old, leading to her professional dance career, where she danced at the highest levels in the industry, including the Rockettes. Along the way, she discovered her Jewish roots and became religious. Today, she uses her talents to train professional dancers and…
 
Yael Braun is a Toeness and "Divorce Planner" who helps people in the frum community navigate through the complexities of Beis Din, court cases, and arbitration. She is the only known woman in this role, and she sees herself as a strong advocate for women in going through divorces, going so far as to argue in front of dayanim on behalf of her clien…
 
Project Proactive was founded in order to break down stigma surrounding mental health issues in the Jewish community. Shoshana Mehler and Rebecca Shapiro are the two dedicated ladies behind this fantastic and forward-thinking organization, focused on proactive measures to improve mental health.By kolisha
 
Is racism an issue in the frum community? I invited three guests to talk about this hot topic. Batyah Delmoor, Yaffy Newman, and Ilana Ygbi all share something in common - they are all frum women of color, but each also has a unique background and perspective. I am so honored that they agreed to join me to share their experiences and opinions.…
 
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