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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 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
Find out about the What Matters to you? campaign.This episode focuses on leadership on the labour ward.Although this episode was prepared partly as a talk for the RCOG labour ward leads course, a course held annually for all O&G senior trainees, much of what I talk about is applicable to anyone working in maternity care.If you are not working in maternity I do hope you will still explore the resources  below ,as well as the 4 levels of listening video here:https://www.whatmatterstoyou.scot/resources/https://www.whatmatterstoyou.scot/deep-listening/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 60 Overdue

Episode 60 Overdue

2021-06-1120:33

I am coming back to the topic of induction when you are overdue as there is a new draft of NICE guidance that needs thought.Want to read more of the evidence?https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/nice-recommends-inducing-women-in-labour-earlier-in-new-draft-guidancehttps://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/6/e047040https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/GID-NG10082/documents/evidence-review-3https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/6/e047040Are you being coercive?https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ed8a1b746cc235b44a50be1/t/5f513d55247f1f797a16e3d4/1599159639127/Am+I+being+coercive.pdfInformation for womenhttps://assets.nhs.uk/prod/documents/IOL-leaflet-40plus-weeks_vTDF3v5.pdf A thoughtful blog on the issueshttps://evidencebasedbirth.com/evidence-on-due-dates/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
Who is responsible for pre conception care? How can you optimise the health of a mother and baby if you only meet them at 16 weeks of pregnancy?https://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/assets/downloads/mbrrace-uk/reports/maternal-report-2020/MBRRACE-UK_Maternal_Report_2020_-_Lay_Summary_v10.pdfMedicines and pregnancy & Valproate information:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuBq2M1Me04https://www.medicinesinpregnancy.org/Planning a pregnancy?https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/trying-for-a-baby/planning-your-pregnancy/Pregnancy and being overweighthttps://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/pi-being-overweight-during-pregnancy-and-after-birth-002.pdfhttps://obgyn.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1471-0528.15386You 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
Sometimes in the NHS it can feel like we are going round and round in circles when we are trying to  make a change. Here I talk about some of my experiences and why staff can find it so difficult to embrace new ideas when they feel they have see it all before.How might we share ideas and stop reinventing the wheel?Networkshttps://q.health.org.uk/blog-post/collaborating-for-success-using-evidence-for-quality-improvement/https://fabnhsstuff.net/matexp.org.ukContinuity of carehttps://www.evidentlycochrane.net/midwife-led-continuity-of-care/https://www.england.nhs.uk/ltphimenu/maternity/targeted-and-enhanced-midwifery-led-continuity-of-carer/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 my first ever guest Deepa Santhosh  discuss her Quality improvement project on Upright Birth with inspiration for Lithotomy Challenge - You may wish to listen to Episode 21 if you haven't already. You can find Deepa on Twitter @deepasanthoshYou 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 the challenges facing women with physical disability during pregnancy? Are we set up to meet their needs? How can we improve our knowledge and understanding & improve our care.Lots to explore!RCN resources - you can explore a wide range of conditions form this link including chronic conditions, deafness and blindness. https://www.rcn.org.uk/clinical-topics/womens-health/pregnancy-and-disabilityAble to Parent - Emily & CJ explore what parenthood may mean for them  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000v2t4https://www.francescamartinez.com/ BSL maternity journeyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fIgHt_pOwkYou 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 week 3-9th May is Maternal Mental health awareness  week &  this year the theme is the Journey to Recovery. I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about Birth Trauma and to reflect on my recent attendance at the Make Birth better Birth Trauma summit.There are loads of free resources for maternity professionals women and families on birth trauma, want to explore more?https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/http://www.unfoldyourwings.co.uk/https://www.makebirthbetter.org/pdf-downloads-parentshttps://www.makebirthbetter.org/free-downloads-professionalshttps://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/postnatal-depression-and-perinatal-mental-health/ptsd-and-birth-trauma/ Video : Trauma and the nervous system,  https://www.polyvagalinstitute.org/copy-of-pv-podcasts-videosYou 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.ukYou can find out more about me on Twitter @FWmaternity please check out #MatExp matexp.org.uk for ideas about how to improve maternity experience.  
Episode 54 Environment

Episode 54 Environment

2021-04-2945:19

One of my listeners suggested I read  the book Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite of Passage by Rachel Reed & think about how to humanise institutional birth and especially the birth  environment. So here goes!Want to know more?https://www.babycentre.co.uk/l25025610/16-birthing-positions-for-labour-imageshttps://www.aims.org.uk/journal/item/rebozo-in-an-nhs-settingWant to undertake the 15 steps?https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/15-steps-maternity-toolkit-v9-1.pdfWant to listen to Rachel Reed?https://uk-podcasts.co.uk/podcast/the-midwives-cauldronYou 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 
Today I am talking about perineal tears, episiotomy and the stitches you may need with a vaginal birth as well as how you might prevent a more serious tear.Find out more:Perineal tears during childbirth – Poster (rcog.org.uk)Care of a third- or fourth-degree tear that occurred during childbirth (also known as obstetric anal sphincter injury – OASI) (rcog.org.uk)Perineal Healing | POGP (thepogp.co.uk)Perineal techniques during the second stage of labour for reducing perineal trauma | Cochranehttps://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/labour-and-birth/what-happens/episiotomy-and-perineal-tears/#preventing-a-perineal-tearhttps://www.rcog.org.uk/en/patients/tears/episiotomy/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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