Lenox Hill episode 3 recap – what happened in “Birth”?

By Daniel Hart
Published: June 10, 2020 (Last updated: February 7, 2024)
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Netflix documentary series Lenox Hill episode 3 - Birth


Lenox Hill episode 3, “Birth” is an insightful third chapter in this docuseries, which discusses resources, trials and presents personal lives.

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How does Lenox Hill episode 3, “Birth” open?

Episode 3 begins with David working out in the gym. He’s taken an ‘open way’ to manage a department — David expresses his desire to get away from “I’m doing this case for me”. David holds a meeting about expanding the staff but there’s a little resistance as they believe getting staff from different zip codes will be met with resistance. Lenox Hill episode 3, “Birth”, demonstrates how even in a hospital people take their own career opportunities and finance over others.

David meets the Jill Kalman, the executive director, and raises how they are doing 175% more surgeries with the same resources and the staff and equipment are scattered — it’s a critical time. David feels like they’ve earned the capacity and resources. Episode 3 also documents the time when it’s his birthday and there is a buzz in his office. We then get a window into his loving family. Lenox Hill episode 3, “Birth” carries on this documented persona/private life theme.

The results are in

Amanda Little-Richardson has gotten her results for her expectant child — they have Noonan Syndrome; she was devastated. Amanda and Kevin have decided to continue with the pregnancy. In work, Amanda is determined to raise awareness and provide value in births by African-American women as she can relate.

Continuing Mitzie’s treatment

David discusses Mitzie’s surgery after her stroke and states how a clot blocked one of the arteries. He visits her and mentions that it’s a small stroke and she will better but that the team will hold off on her next surgery. You can still feel how personal it is to David as he keeps the family informed as much as possible.

The trials show progress

Patient Chris is responding well to the clinical trials — he initially had 9 months to live. John is really campaigning on the bacteria treatment and states he is on a mission. He visits Chris to check how his orientation is.


Mirtha Macri is in the later phases of her pregnancy. There are some dips in the contractions and the doctor recommends a c-section. It goes well. Lenox Hill episode 3, “Birth” shows that beautiful moment when a baby is pulled out and screams for the first time.

Close to home

David visits Mitchell Levine, MD — he has neck cancer. John says it is incredibly humbling to see a close colleague and friend get a diagnosis like that — “close to home”. The message is again that these doctors are human too. Lenox Hill episode 3, “Birth” is an insightful third chapter in this docuseries, which discusses resources, trials and presents personal lives.


Mirtha Macri, DO — Emergency Medicine

Amanda Little-Richardson, MD — Chief Resident, Obstetrics and Gynecology

David Langer, MD — Chair, Neurosurgery

John Boockvar, MD — Vice Chair, Neurosurgery

Rafael Ortiz, MD — Chief of Neuroendovascular Neurosurgery

Sherese Fralin, NP — Director of Advanced Practice Nursing

Eran Bornstein, MD — Vice Chair of Obstetrics

Mitchell Levine, MD — Director of Spine Surgery

Jill Kalman, MD — Executive Director, Lenox Hill Hospital

Nancy Lipsitz, MD — Anesthesiology

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