In the abortion debate, there's a word that comes up a lot: viability. This neonatal doctor is asking lawmakers to learn about its complexities.
May 23, 2022
February 18, 2022
'The hardest part of the surge has been separating parents from babies after a parent tests positive for the coronavirus, Fleishman told me. She has seen parents who were essential workers separated from their infants, aching for their caramel smell and velvety skin, and mothers who risked losing their milk supply and pumped with such dedication that their nipples bled, asking her: “When will I get my baby back?” “That separation is really heart-wrenching for us as physicians; it’s very challenging for families, for the nurses as well.”'
March 8, 2021
"Dr. Fleishman has launched a Narrative Medicine program designed to help doctors, nurses and staff become more empathetic and compassionate through exposure to individual stories that evoke strong emotions. The program also provides a nonjudgmental place to share their reactions."
December 19, 2020
"The winning essay is “Dreams Deferred” by Rachel Fleishman, an attending neonatologist at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA, USA, who serves as Einstein's Director of Narrative Medicine. Her essay reflects on the agonising experience of the separation of newborn babies from their mothers as a means of infection prevention during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, before clinical guidelines were changed to stop this practice."
“European women, and a select group of privileged women in the United States, are shielded from some of the most pernicious stressors during the pandemic,” Fleishman wrote in an Op-Ed for the Inquirer. “Just as more Black and Latinx women contract COVID while pregnant, the pandemic compounds and creates stressors for women already at high risk of preterm birth.”
August 12, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer