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I am an NHS obstetrician hoping to share some thoughts and experiences about my working life. Maybe you enjoy call the midwife, perhaps birth fascinates, or you are simply curious about what exactly an obstetrician is? You might be pregnant and preparing for birth right now. Perhaps you work in maternity care and want to know what makes your obstetric colleagues tick, or you want some fresh ideas and inspiration. Whichever of these is the case TheObsPod is for you. Each episode contains 'the zesty bit' the essence of what I hope you will take away from listening. I do hope you will subscribe and enjoy joining me. Find me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod & explore #MatExp matexp.org.uk to find out more about women and staff working together to improve maternity services. With thanks to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk for my beautiful artwork
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Episode 81 Twins

Episode 81 Twins

2021-11-2743:27

Twins can be fun. In this episode find out about different types of twin pregnancy and what challenges and choices obstetricians and parents face in thinking through pregnancy and birth.Want to know more?https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/finding-out/pregnant-with-twins/https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/pi-multiple-pregnancy.pdfhttps://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng137/chapter/recommendations#delivery-of-antenatal-and-intrapartum-carehttps://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/assets/downloads/mbrrace-uk/reports/perinatal-report-2020-twins/Learning_from_deaths_in_twin_pregnancies.pdfhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQjx4l2mMachttps://twinstrust.org/If you have enjoyed my podcast please do share your thoughts by leaving a review on your podcast provider or get in touch. I love to hear your thoughts and ideas. if you have found my ideas helpful please recommend theobspod to others who may be interested in exploring all things pregnancy and birth. You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.   My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
Episode 80 Climate

Episode 80 Climate

2021-11-2017:12

In the wake of Cop26 I have been thinking about maternity services and climate change. Listen to my exploration of some of the problems but also some possible solutions.Want to know more?https://www.royalcornwall.nhs.uk/recycling-unit-answers-the-covid-mask-mountain-problem/https://www.newcastle-hospitals.nhs.uk/news/newcastle-hospitals-become-first-in-the-uk-to-use-climate-friendly-gas-and-air-during-labour/https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/blogs/combating-climate-change-the-view-from-maternityhttps://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n2539.fullhttps://pmnch.who.int/docs/librariesprovider9/meeting-reports/hcpa-statement-cop26.pdf?sfvrsn=540afefb_5If you have enjoyed my podcast please do share your thoughts by leaving a review on your podcast provider or get in touch. I love to hear your thoughts and ideas. if you have found my ideas helpful please recommend theobspod to others who may be interested in exploring all things pregnancy and birth. You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience. My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
Episode 79 Help!

Episode 79 Help!

2021-11-1322:32

Find out how we know when and where there is an emergency situation in hospital. Why is 2222 is such an important number for healthcare professionals and what does neonatal resus have to do with a G&T.If you have enjoyed my podcast please do share your thoughts by leaving a review on your podcast provider or get in touch. I love to hear your thoughts and ideas. if you have found my ideas helpful please recommend theobspod to others who may be interested in exploring all things pregnancy and birth. You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.  My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
How can we make sure people who do not speak English get equal access to information and good quality care? Here I discuss the challenges and the importance of translation & interpreting services in maternity care.Want to know more?Guidance and statshttps://www.gov.uk/guidance/language-interpretation-migrant-health-guide#main-messageshttps://www.ethnicity-facts-figures.service.gov.uk/uk-population-by-ethnicity/demographics/english-language-skills/latest Happy baby Community reporthttps://static1.squarespace.com/static/5b716e858f51302a7d855889/t/5fabf4ca5ae8b92bcf6bac27/1605104859360/HBC+Birth+Companion+Evaluation_A4_Oct+2020.pdfBL3 initiativehttps://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/going-through-without-speaking-language-20885721Useful pregnancy resources in different languageshttps://myhealth.london.nhs.uk/maternity/useful-tips-and-advice/pregnancy-information-in-different-languages/https://www.mybirthmychoice.co.uk/antenatal-education/information-in-different-languages/https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/screening-tests-for-you-and-your-babyhttps://action-on-pre-eclampsia.org.uk/public-area/pre-eclampsia-information/download-our-leaflets-in-your-language/https://gbss.org.uk/professional-resources/free-resources/gbs-information-in-your-own-language/https://en-gb.padlet.com/charlotteeaston1/Bookmarks?fbclid=IwAR0Ht8K2OLZZrSQHZvQXswVhOiRSQIIWzhaK3ZWtZIEzyPwmrM3nFRyqvtM https://www.cardmedic.com/ If you have enjoyed my podcast please do share your thoughts by leaving a review on your podcast provider or get in touch. I love to hear your thoughts and ideas. if you have found my ideas helpful please recommend theobspod to others who may be interested in exploring all things pregnancy and birth. You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.  My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
Listen to a sparky and stimulating chat with JennytheM a retired midwife who has so much wisdom to offer on many aspects of maternity care from #Skintoskin to Courage Butter.If you want to explore more of jenny's story and her fantastic blogs you can find her herehttps://jennythem.com/ as well as on twitter @JennytheMIf you have enjoyed my podcast please do share your thoughts by leaving a review on your podcast provider or get in touch. I love to hear your thoughts and ideas. if you have found my ideas helpful please recommend theobspod to others who may be interested in exploring all things pregnancy and birth. You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.   My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
This episode celebrates the theme of Black History Month 2021 - Proud to bePlease do also go back and listen to one of my previous episodes Ally and explore the Brown Mama Brown me podcast.Want to know more?https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/1p7r3fkpsWTbQ9shCFh1QXc/betty-campbellhttps://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/article/section/news/proud-to-be-black-history-month-uk-launches-theme-for-black-history-month-2021/ https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/sep/25/bernardine-evaristo-on-a-childhood-shaped-by-racism-i-was-never-going-to-give-upIf you have enjoyed my podcast please do share your thoughts by leaving a review on your podcast provider or get in touch. I love to hear your thoughts and ideas. if you have found my ideas helpful please recommend theobspod to others who may be interested in exploring all things pregnancy and birth. You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.   My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
This episode recorded for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021 discusses the difficulties of baby loss at extremely preterm birth , the challenge of how you classify live birth and still birth & some of the implications for parents.This may be an episode that triggers difficult feelings and memories for many so take care of yourself and make sure now is the right time for you to listen before you start.Want to know more?https://www.sands.org.uk/sites/default/files/Position%20statement%20Birth%20and%20death%20certificates%202014.pdfhttps://timms.le.ac.uk/signs-of-life/guidance.htmlhttps://timms.le.ac.uk/signs-of-life/guidance-visual-summary.htmlhttps://hubble-live-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/bapm/file_asset/file/31/outcome-of-births-infographic-201909111005-colour.pdfhttps://nbcpathway.org.uk/If you have enjoyed my podcast please do share your thoughts by leaving a review on your podcast provider or get in touch. I love to hear your thoughts and ideas. if you have found my ideas helpful please recommend theobspod to others who may be interested in exploring all things pregnancy and birth. You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.   My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
Episode 74 Blue Light

Episode 74 Blue Light

2021-10-0125:14

What role do ambulance services play in maternity care & how can we work with them to improve pre hospital maternity care?Want to know more?https://www.londonambulance.nhs.uk/calling-us/calling-999/advice-if-you-are-due-to-give-birth/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7783920/https://www.mamaacademy.org.uk/professionals-hub/midwifery-resources/ambulance-call-cards/http://www.londonscn.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Enhancing-Safety-through-Communication-Amanda-Mansfield.pdf Follow @pandorabethan & @DawnKerslake consultant midwives in ambulance servicesIf you have enjoyed my podcast please do share your thoughts by leaving a review on your podcast provider or get in touch. I love to hear your thoughts and ideas. if you have found my ideas helpful please recommend theobspod to others who may be interested in exploring all things pregnancy and birth. You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.   My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
How do we care for women with a diagnosis of diabetes when they are pregnant & why is the extra care we give so important? In this episode I  explore existing diabetes and gestational diabetes and the differences  and similarities between them and the impact they have on pregnancy experience and outcome.Want to know more?NICE guidance: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng3https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD012327.pub2/fullGDM & the risk of stillbirth https://obgyn.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1471-0528.15659Help & information for pregnant womenhttps://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/life-with-diabetes/pregnancy/during-pregnancyhttps://abcd.care/dtn-education/diabetes-tech-in-pregnancy https://www.gestationaldiabetes.co.uk/gestational-diabetes-support/https://jdrf.org.uk/news/nhs-access-to-cgm-for-pregnant-women-with-type-1-diabetes-begins-in-england/ If you have enjoyed my podcast please do share your thoughts by leaving a review on your podcast provider or get in touch. I love to hear your thoughts and ideas. if you have found my ideas helpful please recommend theobspod to others who may be interested in exploring all things pregnancy and birth. You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.  My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
Episode 72 Respect

Episode 72 Respect

2021-09-1620:00

Today is World Patient Safety day World Pt safety day , this year focusing on safe and respectful maternity and newborn care.Here are some of my thoughts on how we may provide that without our own opinions and bias getting in the way. Want to know more?World Patient Safety Day 2021 (who.int)Alice Ladur's researchhttps://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-018-1704-6BRAIN decision making tool :https://doulatoothers.com/using-brain-acronym-informed-choices/If you have enjoyed my podcast please do share your thoughts by leaving a review on your podcast provider or get in touch. I love to hear your thoughts and ideas. if you have found my ideas helpful please recommend theobspod to others who may be interested in exploring all things pregnancy and birth. You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.   My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
Episode 71 Gem's Story

Episode 71 Gem's Story

2021-09-1053:13

Gem is an obstetrician and has recently become a new mum with her wife Emma. I was delighted when she offered to share her journey to parenthood the good and the less than ideal so that we can learn how to improve our services to support same sex parents as they become a family.Gem can be contacted on twitter @gem_goodyearWant to know more?https://www.hfea.gov.uk/i-am/fertility-treatment-for-lgbt-people/https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/trying-for-a-baby/having-a-baby-if-you-are-lgbt-plus/https://www.nct.org.uk/pregnancy/same-sex-parents/two-mum-families-sharing-experiences-and-support& Slightly outdated  https://www.stonewall.org.uk/resources/pregnant-pause-guide-lesbians-how-get-pregnantIf you have enjoyed my podcast please do share your thoughts by leaving a review on your podcast provider or get in touch. I love to hear your thoughts and ideas. if you have found my ideas helpful please recommend theobspod to others who may be interested in exploring all things pregnancy and birth. You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.   My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
What is performative parenting ? How can we help new parents discuss how they really feel and talk honestly rather than perpetuating the myth of perfection portrayed on social media?Want to explore more?https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/03/why-be-a-performative-insta-parent-when-your-kids-will-be-happy-in-front-of-the-tvhttps://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/these-comics-are-shockingly-real-about-postpartum-anxietyhttp://matexp.org.uk/matexp-mindnbody-a-holistic-approach-to-perinatal-mental-health/If you have enjoyed my podcast please do share your thoughts by leaving a review on your podcast provider or get in touch. I love to hear your thoughts and ideas. if you have found my ideas helpful please recommend theobspod to others who may be interested in exploring all things pregnancy and birth. You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.    My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
Understand why midwives and doctors worry about itching in pregnancy and what it might mean. Learn a bit about the latest research into treatment and how you might access support if you develop this liver condition in pregnancy.Want to know more?https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/patients/patient-leaflets/obstetric-cholestasis/https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/gtg43/https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)32323-7/fulltexthttps://www.icpsupport.org/index.htmlYou can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.   My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
What are your responsibilities as a doctor in your everyday life? what happens when you stop and help?
Episode 67 Magic Mates

Episode 67 Magic Mates

2021-08-1354:45

Sometimes you meet someone who spurs you on and brings out the best in you, for me this is Gill Phillips aka WhoseShoes. Hear us chat about what makes us #MagicMates & how finding someone you click with can make magic happen!More information about Gill & some of the topics we discuss:https://padlet.com/WhoseShoes/overviewOne blog Flo! https://whoseshoes.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/in-the-shoes-of-florence-wilcock-divisional-director-specialist-services-obstetrician-kingston-hospital-ft/http://matexp.org.uk/You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.    My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
July is Group B Strep awareness monthListen here whilst I chat to Jane Plumb founder & CEO of the charity GBS support about not only all things GBS but also how as a lay person she has led and inspired change.Want to know more:Joint patient information leaflet https://gbss.org.uk/product/free-leaflet-group-b-strep-and-pregnancy/The translated leaflets available for download at https://gbss.org.uk/professional-resources/free-resources/gbs-information-in-your-own-language/ GBS3 Trial link https://www.gbs3trial.ac.uk/home.aspxGBSS Professional Resources page https://gbss.org.uk/professional-resources/Summary RCOG GBS GTG guideline https://gbss.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/3.5.21_Updated_Group_B_Strep_Guidelines-1.pdfYou can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.   My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
Episode 65 Wildcard

Episode 65 Wildcard

2021-07-1623:51

The HSJ published a list of 20 people the the new NHS CEO should speak to when appointed and my great friend Gill Phillips was amongst them. True to form Gill immediately set me the challenge : what would i want the NHS CEO to know about maternity?Challenge accepted - Wildcard is my response!https://www.hsj.co.uk/the-20-wildcards-the-nhss-new-bosses-should-listen-to/7030341.article https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/careers-training/workplace-workforce-issues/roles-responsibilities-consultant-report/https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5802/cmselect/cmhealth/19/1902.htmYou can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.    My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
Episode 64 Vaccination

Episode 64 Vaccination

2021-07-0922:36

What vaccines do we offer in pregnancy & why?What information is there on Covid vaccination that can help you decide if you have it during your pregnancy?Information for women:https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/2021-02-24-combined-info-sheet-and-decision-aid.pdfhttps://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/keeping-well/vaccinations/https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/keeping-well/whooping-cough-vaccination/More detailed info on Covid vaccine & flu vaccines:https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/939960/Inactivated_influenza_vaccine-information_for_healthcare_practitioners_2020_to_2021_v2.pdfhttps://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/coronavirus-covid-19-pregnancy-and-womens-health/covid-19-vaccines-and-pregnancy/covid-19-vaccines-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding/How do vaccines work?https://www.immunology.org/celebrate-vaccines/public-engagement/guide-childhood-vaccinations/how-vaccines-workhttps://www.immunology.org/celebrate-vaccines/public-engagement/infographicsYou can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.  My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
Episode 63 Boundaries

Episode 63 Boundaries

2021-07-0222:15

Here I explore the issues when you are asked to look after friends, family or colleagues? How can we not blur the boundaries and ensure we are giving the best care?https://www.guidelinesinpractice.co.uk/your-practice/weigh-up-the-risks-and-benefits-before-treating-members-of-your-family/305196.articlehttps://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g4281.fullhttps://www.gmc-uk.org/-/media/documents/good-medical-practice---english-20200128_pdf-51527435.pdfhttps://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/code/read-the-code-online/You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.    My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
Episode 62 Pandemic

Episode 62 Pandemic

2021-06-2535:26

Here I reflect on some of the strangeness of working in maternity during a global pandemic.Learn about the campaign #ButNotMaternity trying to get rid of some of the restrictions that still seem to be being placed on pregnant women and families.#ButNotMaternity campaignhttps://pregnantthenscrewed.com/covid-19/The RCOG guidancehttps://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/coronavirus-covid-19-pregnancy-and-womens-health/A blog i wrote in the early days of the pandemichttp://matexp.org.uk/the-matexp-journey/matexp-heart-values-covid19/You can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity & @TheObsPod as well as Instagram @TheObsPod please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.    My beautiful artwork is thank to Anna Geyer www.newpossibilities.co.uk
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