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Welcome to Maternl.

As a doctor,
my privilege is sacred.

As a poet,
my words are songs.


Maternl© is a neologism (a new word) which best describes as metaphor my career and passion as an obstetrician; a doctor of maternal, fetal and newborn care.


I have chosen Maternl© to represent my life's work as a physician, my concern and interpretation of the human dimensions of healthcare and as my platform to share age-old feelings and lessons through poetry, essays, contemporary personal communications and other writings in an effort to both celebrate the joys of birth and to comfort the sorrows at the most difficult of times. The paradox of our societies to both cure and cause pain is real and evident. Recognizing and addressing the losses that parents experience through miscarriages, stillbirths and neonatal deaths can teach and serves as a paradigm for healing when we cannot cure.

Michael R. Berman, MD, MBI, FACOG
October 03, 2022



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