True Birth

True Birth

True Birth is all about raw honest truths when it comes to labor, delivery, pregnancy and the postpartum period helping women have better births and better birth experiences.

The whole essence of this podcast is we are telling you the way pregnancy and birth really is. We are not sugar coating it and we are not just reading from the book. We are two practicers in the trenches on the labor floor everyday telling you the truth about birth.

We are going to give you the truths as we see them that are not diluted or even mitigated by what the convention of today is. We are giving the truth as the way forward and the way to start thinking about birth.  We'll share stories from the labor room from the professional's perspective. We provide an all-about pregnancy and birth through the eyes of Dr. Yaakov Abdelhak, a NYC metro area Perinatologist, Maternal Fetal Medicine Doctor and his trusty side kick Certified Nurse Midwife Kristin Mallon.

Recent Episodes

Natural Childbirth: Unmedicated Birth Episode #128

Natural Childbirth: Unmedicated Birth Episode #128

May 30, 2023

Childbirth is a miraculous and transformative experience, marking the beginning of a new chapter in a woman's life. While many women choose to opt for pain relief measures like epidurals during labor, there is a growing move…

Placenta Variations. Different types of Placentas in Pregnancy

Placenta Variations. Different types of Placentas in Pregnancy

May 22, 2023

The placenta, a remarkable organ facilitating the vital exchange of nutrients and waste between mother and fetus, exhibits incredible diversity in its structure and composition. Beyond the conventional placental configuratio…

How to Advocate for Yourself in Healthcare: Episode #127

How to Advocate for Yourself in Healthcare: Episode #127

May 15, 2023

Navigating the complex world of healthcare can be overwhelming, especially when you're faced with the task of advocating for your own needs. However, being an active participant in your healthcare decisions is essential for …

Roadside Delivery: When the Baby Can't Wait for the Hospital: Episode #126

Roadside Delivery: When the Baby Can't Wait for the Hospital: Episode #126

April 17, 2023

Extramural delivery is a term used to describe a situation in which a woman gives birth outside of a hospital or birth center setting. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as a fast labor, lack of transportation, o…

Gender Revelation during Pregnancy. Episode: #125

Gender Revelation during Pregnancy. Episode: #125

April 10, 2023

Modern Ways of Finding Out Your Baby's Gender: A Sneak Peek into the Womb Discovering the gender of your baby is an exciting milestone for expectant parents. With advances in technology, there are now several ways to determi…

The Umbilical Cord. Episode #124

The Umbilical Cord. Episode #124

April 3, 2023

The umbilical cord is a vital part of pregnancy, connecting the fetus to the placenta and providing essential nutrients and oxygen to support its growth and development. This cord is formed early in pregnancy and typically m…

About the Hosts

Yaakov Abdelhak, MD, FACOGProfile Photo

Yaakov Abdelhak, MD, FACOG

High-Risk Perinatologist and MFM Specialist

Dr. Yaakov Abdelhak is a board-certified OB/GYN who also completed an additional fellowship in perinatology (high-risk obstetrics) and has been a Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) doctor since 2002. He is a firm supporter in natural and vaginal birth whenever safe for the mother and baby.

Yaakov Abdelhak, MD, FACOG attended SUNY Downstate Medical School and OB/GYN residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. He completed a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at New York University. Dr. Abdelhak started his private practice in 2002 and delivers out of Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ.

He supports vaginal breech, vaginal twins, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) and vaginal birth after two cesareans (VBAC2). His expertise in high-risk obstetrics ranges from the management of diabetes, high blood pressure, severe hyperemesis, amniocentesis, CVS, cerclage placement, external cephalic versions, multiple gestational, pregnancy after 40, previous loss, recurrent miscarriages, and complications in pregnancy.

Kristin Mallon, CNM, MS, RNC-OBProfile Photo

Kristin Mallon, CNM, MS, RNC-OB

Certified Nurse Midwife

Kristin Mallon, CNM, MS, RNC-OB is a board certified nurse midwife, breast health expert, published author and a mother of four. She grew up in Newport Beach, California and fell in love with and then married an adventurous, fun native New Yorker. Now settled in North Jersey, her expertise lies in pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum year.

Kristin graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Psychology and completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. In Marilyand, she began working as a D.O.N.A. trained doula and the life-long love of working with women began.

While completing her Master’s degree in Science & Midwifery, at New York University (NYU), she was Editor in Chief of the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect. Never leaving her love of psychology, physics and the brain behind, she worked at the Hatch Center for MRI Research at Columbia University in New York. Her work focused on biosignals, biophysics and how molecules, tissues and signals form images and quantitative data. Upon matriculation, she began practicing as a board certified nurse midwife in private practice Brooklyn, NY.

Kristin taught Bachelor’s and Master’s level nursing courses at NYU and Monmouth University and wrote for various medical textbooks and nursing test prep courses.

In 2017, Kristin teamed up with Inna Toplier Mooney, CNS to co-found Vibrant Beginning a pregnaceutical company. The vision of Vibrant Beginning is to create holistic supplements that are also effective, whereas most products in the pregnancy category are one or the other.

Is many respects, Kristin is an anthropologist and loves people, traveling, reading & exploring almost anything. She’ll jump into almost anything if waves or snow are involved. She’s chocolate over vanilla, coffee over tea, dogs over cats, thrillers over horror, Marvel over DC comics, definitely spicy over mild, and wine before beer. She’s a morning person. Her favorite way to eat eggs is over easy or Benedict with an ocean view. Her favorite question other than “Why? is “How can it be done?”

Kristin’s philosophy about pregnancy, birth and motherhood is that each woman deserves a respected, gentle, supported personalized experience.