176 episodes

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

The Obs Pod Florence

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 8 Ratings

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

    Episode 171 Noise

    Episode 171 Noise

    Imagine giving birth in a peaceful sanctuary rather than a bustling, noisy ward. Join me, Florence, as newly installed noise-monitoring devices in our maternity ward prompt me to think about noise levels in maternity. Reflecting on my own experiences, including the challenges of keeping my voice down, we’ll navigate through the World Health Organization's guidelines on acceptable noise levels in hospitals. Discover the diverse sources of noise, from technological equipment to emer...

    • 20 min
    Episode 170 Weight Stigma in Pregnancy

    Episode 170 Weight Stigma in Pregnancy

    Have you ever considered the impact of a simple medical term on a person's experience? Midwife Jenny Cunningham and Catriona Forbes of a research collective join us to unravel the complex issue of weight stigma in pregnancy. Jenny shares her path from hands-on midwifery to academic research, while Catriona offers a personal narrative on the stigma she faced as an expectant mother, lending depth to our understanding of these early, often negative categorizations.Language has power, espec...

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 169 Hyperemesis

    Episode 169 Hyperemesis

    I am excited to bring you this episode on hyperemesis gravidarum. Joined by renowned experts Professor Catherine Nelson-Piercy, Dr. Melanie Nana, and Professor Catherine Williamson, we dissect the impact of this condition and the ground breaking RCOG guidelines that are transforming care for pregnant women. These leading figures pull back the curtain on shocking statistics like the 5% termination rate for wanted pregnancies due to severe nausea, emphasizing the urgency for healthcare provider...

    • 59 min
    Episode 168 Ramadan, it's ok to ask

    Episode 168 Ramadan, it's ok to ask

    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 he...

    • 20 min
    Episode 167 Consent

    Episode 167 Consent

    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...

    • 30 min
    Episode 166 Personalised Care

    Episode 166 Personalised Care

    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 exp...

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

katetacos ,

Love you Florence

Oh I just adore this podcast! One of my all time favourites. It is so refreshing to hear a birthing podcast from a doctor’s perspective. Florence not only has the world’s most calming voice but she is so educated (obviously) and aware of her position and influence. She is thoughtful, insightful and generally lovely! Thank you

Linsxan ,

So valuable

So valuable having the opinions and insights of an experienced working Obstetrician out in the public arena, how often does this happen? The topics so important and interesting. Student midwives, practicing midwives and women considering pregnancy should all be listening!

Midge_76 ,

Perfect length and interesting

As a midwife I love these little ‘zesty bits’ to use in my practice and also insight into the work life of obstetricians. Best practice insights is super helpful to share with women and fellow colleagues. Love that your language is so respectful and woman centred!

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