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Join OBGYN resident physicians, Charlotte Thill (she/her) and Alesha Kotian (she/her), as they navigate what it means to be a woman in the medical field and in their own lives. Each episode focuses on topics in medical history, current events, various health professions, female healthcare pioneers, and more! By analyzing different areas of healthcare and history through a feminist lens, From Skirts To Scrubs hopes to create a space to explore what it means to be a woman in medicine while having some fun along the way!

From Skirts To Scrubs Charlotte Thill and Alesha Kotian

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    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

Join OBGYN resident physicians, Charlotte Thill (she/her) and Alesha Kotian (she/her), as they navigate what it means to be a woman in the medical field and in their own lives. Each episode focuses on topics in medical history, current events, various health professions, female healthcare pioneers, and more! By analyzing different areas of healthcare and history through a feminist lens, From Skirts To Scrubs hopes to create a space to explore what it means to be a woman in medicine while having some fun along the way!

    From The Archives: Henrietta Lacks

    From The Archives: Henrietta Lacks

    We are throwing it back this week to one of our OG episodes! This story still blows us away and whether you are die-hard FSTS fan or just joining us, enjoy this episode on Henrietta Lacks and the 'HeLa' cells from our archives!
    'Have you ever had someone take something from you without asking? Bet it was pretty annoying huh? Now, have you ever had anyone take cells from your cervix without your consent? Probably not. But Henrietta Lacks has. In 1951, Henrietta was diagnosed with cervical cancer, and her cells were taken without consent to create the first immortal cell line. From these cells, numerous medical discoveries were made and various unethical practices took place. This episode will discuss the life of Henrietta, the implications of the immortal HeLa cell line, and the importance of informed consent and respecting patients and their families. Additionally, we talk about research practices involving cell lines and minorities in medicine. Through the episode, we hope to open up conversations around ethical research and medical practice while also giving listeners a space to learn about Henrietta and honor both her life and cells.'

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    • 52 min
    Ep. 61: Rollin’ It Back: History of Vaginal Birth After C-section

    Ep. 61: Rollin’ It Back: History of Vaginal Birth After C-section

    In this episode, we explore a decision faced by many pregnant people: choosing between having another C-section or attempting a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). Many opt for another C-section because its more commonly discussed and well-known, but the VBAC offers several benefits like quicker recovery and lower infection risk. The concept of VBAC emerged in the 1920s, and gained more popularity over time. But its history is more than meets the eye! Join us in this episode as we dive more into the fascinating and complex history of the VBAC! 
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    • 33 min
    From the Archives: The Classical Woman

    From the Archives: The Classical Woman

    We thought we'd take a break from some of our ~heavier~ content and bring back one of our favorite (and one of our funniest) episodes. Here's The Classical Woman: Ancient Theories of Female Anatomy!
    In a time when most anatomy theories were based on animals, not humans, it's not surprising that ancient physicians may have gotten a fact or two wrong. But it is truly impressive how a single theory can incorrectly span the entire female anatomy. Gotta respect the hustle I guess. In this episode we are talking about ancient theories of female anatomy from general anatomy, to the breasts, to the uterus, to a mystery vein, and more! We will discuss a number of theories involving female anatomy and ancient medicine, as well as debunk said theories. Then we will talk about how these theories have created an inherent bias in the anatomy curriculum today that can affect future provider practices and patient care. Join us in this episode to have some fun and laughs while learning these ancient theories, then stay along to discuss how to positively approach female anatomy today!
    Feminist Corner Questions!
    Thoughts/if you had to pick one theory, which one would be your favorite?What was your experience learning female anatomy in medical school? Can you describe it for us and how it applies to the story we just heard?Do you see in medicine today any theories that perpetuate ideas that women are inherently ‘lesser’ than men?
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    • 54 min
    Ep. 60 Climate Crisis & Pregnancy: Navigating the Storm

    Ep. 60 Climate Crisis & Pregnancy: Navigating the Storm

    Join us this week to discuss a crucial yet often-overlooked topic: the impact of climate change on pregnant individuals! Delve into the history of climate change awareness, understand its far-reaching effects on our planet, and discover the specific health risks it poses to expectant mothers. We walk through increased risks of heat-related illnesses, infectious diseases, food insecurity, and air pollution, and how these challenges disproportionately affect marginalized communities. We hope this episode raises awareness for what we can do to protect maternal health in the face of a changing climate!!

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    • 36 min
    Ep. 59 Talking Body (and Hair!): Discussing Post-Chemo Alopecia (ft. Madison Novice, Founder of Cap & Conquer)

    Ep. 59 Talking Body (and Hair!): Discussing Post-Chemo Alopecia (ft. Madison Novice, Founder of Cap & Conquer)

    Have you ever heard of Scalp Cooling? In this episode, we sit down with Madison Novice, co-founder of Cap and Conquer, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about Cold Cap Therapy. Maddie joins us to delve into the nuanced topic of body image in the context of cancer treatment. From the diverse impacts of surgeries to common fears about chemotherapy-induced alopecia, we get to hear from someone about her personal and professional experiences with Cold Cap Therapy and what drives her passion for working in this space. Tune in for this insightful conversation that sheds light on the intersection of medicine, beauty, and self-esteem!
    Check out the Cap and Conquer website for more information about their amazing organization: https://capandconquer.org/
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    • 36 min
    Ep. 58 Infertility History: From Fertility Goddesses to IVF Clinics

    Ep. 58 Infertility History: From Fertility Goddesses to IVF Clinics

    Embark on a captivating journey through the history of fertility and infertility! Explore ancient beliefs, goddess worship, and the evolution of medical practices surrounding conception. Discover how societies revered reproduction, from Earth symbolism to worship of goddesses like Bastet and Brigid. Learn how healers like Hippocrates treated infertility with purging and dietary adjustments. Reflect on the laws around modern treatments like IVF and their impact on individuals and couples. Join us this week as we discuss infertility history and the role infertility plays in reproductive justice today!

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

sunnynaps ,

thought provoking!

one of the best analyses of La Llorona I’ve heard since first reading it in high school Spanish class! this show always makes me reflect and think critically & in this episode specifically think critically about how we tell complex stories about women. this episode provoked two thoughts - I love how feminists rewrote the story so that Maria left her cheating husband and took her children with her. The original telling definitely reminds me of traditional patriarchal approaches to child raising in which a single woman (whether that’s from divorce initiated by the husband, etc) was considered unfit to raise children alone bc she would be emotionally unstable. That line of thinking drove divorce law for so long and kept women powerless in the institution of marriage - A bit tangential but it also made me reflect on Toni Morrison’s beloved. In that story we feel that a mother killing her child is an act of mercy because she does so to prevent her child from living the horrors of slavery. For an act that at face value is so, as you said, unforgiving, to be made into an act of mercy positions slavery as one of the most evil acts of humankind (and rightfully so) anyways LOVE love love this podcast!

achitale1 ,

Love it!

Very informative and engaging! Feels like a great mix of personal conversation and professional discussion. I also love the range of topics under the “women in medicine” umbrella! Keep up the great work Alesha and Charlotte

Anirudh Chitale ,

Love it!

Very informative and engaging! Feels like a great mix of personal conversation and professional discussion. I also love the range of topics under the “women in medicine” umbrella! Keep up the great work Alesha and Charlotte

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