Episode 168 Ramadan, it's ok to ask
The Obs Pod
by Florence
2w ago
Have you ever experienced a moment of cultural awakening, realizing that there's so much more to learn about the traditions of those around us? That's exactly what happened to me, Florence, after reading an enlightening tweet from the outstanding obstetrician Nisha Knot, which set me on a path to discover more about Ramadan and its effects on pregnancy. Join me on the OBSpod as I navigate my own journey of understanding, driven by the realization that many of the Muslim women we support in healthcare are observing this pillar of their faith. This episode is a heartfelt quest for knowledge, as ..read more
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Episode 167 Consent
The Obs Pod
by Florence
1M ago
This week follows directly on from Episode 166 Personalised care this time talking about the issue of consent. In this episode I reflect on the introduction of electronic consent in maternity care, scrutinizing its benefits and the unforeseen complexities it introduces. I discuss the  General Medical Council's 2020 guidance on consent, spotlighting the critical need for inclusive language and the eradication of personal bias.  I consider the need for antenatal education as a bedrock for preparing expectant mothers to navigate the decision-making labyrinth of labour, fostering an envi ..read more
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Episode 166 Personalised Care
The Obs Pod
by Florence
1M ago
As we navigate the intricate journey of childbirth, there is a  balance between a mother's autonomy and stringent clinical guidelines.  Step into the world of Personalised Care in maternity services, where my discussion sheds light on the emotional complexities of honouring the unique birth plans of expectant mothers. This episode is a clarion call for healthcare providers to listen deeply, advocate for informed consent, and partner with pregnant women to create empowering birth experiences that resonate with their individual wishes. Join us for an engaging exploration of the challe ..read more
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Episode 165 Oxytocin Use
The Obs Pod
by Florence
2M ago
Discover  the hormone oxytocin and its role in the birthing process  in the latest ObsPod episode. We unravel the dual nature of this potent hormone, once an unquestioned staple in Active Management of Labour.  Listen as we share an engaging conversation about its physiological impacts, the delicate balancing act required for its use in inducing labor, and the critical examination of its application in natural labor progression. We discuss use of oxytocin over time,  We tackle the tough questions about its contribution to caesarean birth rates and dissect the role that con ..read more
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Episode 163 Overweight
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by Florence
3M ago
Embark on a poignant exploration of a topic that's often cloaked in stigma yet crucial to maternal health: obesity and BMI during pregnancy. Join me, Florence, on the ObsPod, as we unravel the intertwined issues of weight management and prenatal care, delving into the NHS classifications that inform how expectant mothers with a BMI over 30 navigate their unique journey. This episode promises insightful discussions and a deeper understanding of the practical applications and limitations of BMI as a standard of health, particularly during such a life-changing period for women. This candid discu ..read more
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Episode 162 Alcohol and Pregnancy
The Obs Pod
by Florence
3M ago
Embark on a transformative journey through the complexities of alcohol use during pregnancy, as we unravel the myriad risks and the vital necessity of abstinence for expectant mothers. Grappling with the nebulousness of self-reported alcohol intake and the deceptive simplicity of a 'unit' of alcohol, we aim to demystify the misconceptions and bring to light the stark realities of alcohol-exposed pregnancies (AEP) and fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD). With a staggering 400+ conditions linked to FASD, this episode is an essential listen for anyone invested in the future health of our child ..read more
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Episode 161 Blood Transfusion
The Obs Pod
by Florence
4M ago
Are you already familiar with the life-saving role of blood transfusions in obstetrics? If not, get ready for an enlightening journey into this critical aspect of maternity care. This episode is packed with insights about the ins and outs of transfusions, from packed red cells to platelets, plus everything else a woman might need to replace following excessive bleeding during pregnancy or childbirth. We also introduce you to the role of a hematologist and a game-changing device called TEG.  Pregnancy and childbirth can sometimes bring along unforeseen complications. Here, we delve into p ..read more
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Episode 160 ICP & Me
The Obs Pod
by Florence
5M ago
Trigger warning this episode contains discussion of baby loss. What if you found yourself entangled in a challenging and rare pregnancy condition, not once but twice, with a heartbreaking ending? Unravel the personal narrative of Jenny Chambers, the founder and CEO of ICP Support, as she shares her painful journey through Intra-Hepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP). From the agony of stillbirth, the challenges of conceiving again, to her unwavering commitment in raising awareness about this complex condition, Jenny's story shines a light on the importance of support, understanding, and resea ..read more
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Episode 159 Sleep position in Pregnancy
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by Florence
5M ago
Ever felt confused or guilty about your sleep position during pregnancy? Fear not, as I, Florence, an experienced NHS obstetrician, guide you through the maze of advice on this critical topic. Drawing from years of practice, continued learning and the latest research, I shed light on this topic, putting to rest unfounded fears and guilt. Together, we explore the NICE guidelines and dissect multiple research studies that have explored the impact of sleep position on stillbirth and fetal growth. My goal is to provide you with evidence-based knowledge, giving you the confidence and peace of mind ..read more
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Episode 158 Fertility
The Obs Pod
by Florence
6M ago
Today is a much awaited episode having been brewing for over three years since I started the podcast which seems apt given the subject. How does it feel to be pregnant after fertility treatment, what might be the issues maternity staff need to be aware of ? What maternity care do we need to provide to the increasing number of families in our care after assisted conception and a fertility journey. Join me in an episode ready for fertility week (30th Oct -4th Nov) hear my thoughts about pregnancy after fertility. This episode with special  thanks to Katie Eaves an inspirational midwife http ..read more
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