I googled Dr. Kalish to get her phone number to give to a friend, came across these reviews, and felt compelled to write. Dr. Kalish handled all three of my pregnancies (the first ended in miscarriage). I learned that the first fetus had died during a sonogram, and Dr. Kalish called me at home that evening to discuss options (D&C or wait a few days for the fetus to expel naturally). She was compassionate and kind. I had to return to her office the next day (by which point the miscarriage had actually started) for a shot (due to possible incompatible blood types with the fetus). I had to wait an hour, but when the nurse brought me in, she apologized profusely for the wait, saying she was so sorry I had to "sit out there with all those pregnant women." The nurse then told me of her own miscarriage and reassured me with a few typical platitudes- which felt genuinely compassionate. During the next two pregnancies, I found Dr. Kalish to be efficient, competent, and reassuring. She is definitely not "warm and fuzzy"- in fact, one of the other doctors in her practice, Dr. Silvestre, is much warmer- I had to see him during a bleeding scare in my third pregnancy.
She is also definitely overextended- there are times when I had to wait hours for my scheduled appointment- so I recommend bringing reading material or work to appointments. However, she handled my high-risk situation extremely well, made key referrals to other specialists, and delivered both my babies beautifully. She was supportive of our delivery choices (hypnobirthing) and our delivery nurse for the first pregnancy turned out to also be a midwife, which was a wonderful bonus. Moreover, during my first delivery, after 20 hours of labor and 2 hours of pushing, Dr. Kalish still didn't push a C-section- although I had been warned this would happen in New York City especially, where the C-section rate is particularly high. She explained my options and told me it was completely my decision. We ultimately did have a C-section for that pregnancy, and when it was time to deliver my second child just 18 months later, Dr. Kalish still did not push a C-section (though many doctors will do this after a first C-section). She discussed the risks of natural birth after C-section and the risks of C-section, and then let us decide, and checked back in with us a few times during the pregnancy to see if that was still the way we wanted to go. Finally, I also appreciated that she advised us against doing an amnio, even though I was 35 during the second pregnancy. She relied on the nuchal translucency results to point out that the risk of miscarriage from an amnio was much higher than the risk of any problems with the baby, and so advised against the amnio.
I trust her completely, continue to recommend her to friends, and if we go for a third baby, would definitely go back. It's definitely worth the hassle of longer waits and a slightly rushed/gruff bedside manner to have a doctor who is incredibly competent.