September 1, 2019
A doctor’s revelatory account of pregnancy and the complexity of reproductive life — and everything we lose when we don’t speak honestly about women’s health. A timely and unflinching account by a prominent New York physician working in maternal-fetal medicine — the branch of medicine that concerns high-risk pregnancies. Whether offering insight into the rise in home births, the toll of nausea on expectant mothers, or the challenges each trimester poses, Karkowsky offers an honest but reassuring peek into all that pregnancy, labor, and birth can entail. With historical insight and journalistic verve, Karkowsky unpacks what is involved for women, for a family, and for us as a society; and explores what’s at risk when these aspects of medicine remain clouded in mystery and misinformation.