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Ob Gyn for VBAC
I recently switched to Kaiser after being with Blue Cross
for many years and it's a new system for me. I just found
out that I am pregnant with my second and need an OBGYN
recommendation for a natural birth at Walnut Creek Kaiser
and a pediatrician in Pinole or Richmond for my 3 years
My first was an emergency c-section and I want to try the
VBAC so I am looking for an OBGYN who supports VBAC and
have a lot of experience.
I checked the achieves but the most recent recommendations
are from 2009.
What was your experience delivering at Kaiser Walnut
Creek? Is it possible to get a private room or is it
Thanks so much
Hi, I had a vbac at Walnut Creek Kaiser in Feb of this year and that's also
where I received my prenatal care. I saw Laura Warren, CNM for most of my
care but had preeclampsia toward the end and had to see an MD. For that, I
saw Dr. Steve Zurnacian (sp?). Both were excellent and very supportive of my
vbac. Neither was on shift at the hospital when I had to be induced but the
attending docs were great as were the nurses, and Dr Pratima Shukla ended up
catching my son. Overall I found everyone I encountered there to be very
supportive of my decision to vbac, and I had a private room for recovery, but
that just depends on how busy they are. I think all of the L&D rooms are
singles, and one has a tub for water birth that you can request. Also, I did
the Hypnobabies home study course and hired a doula to help make the vbac
successful. Feel free to contact me if you have other questions about my
experience with WC Kaiser and best wishes for your delivery!
I just did the same about 2 years ago and had my second at kaiser wc. I see
nurse practitioner Sharon Ginsberg. I attempted a vbac as well and she was
very supportive. I found that most of the staff at walnut creek was
supportive (at least those I had contact with). Sharon is amazing though. You
most likely won't see whatever physician you select for labor as it all
depends on whose on call. You can request a midwife or physician when you go
into labor and I highly recommend the midwife. They are even more supportive
of the vbac when you're in labor.
The labor rooms are private and nice. The post partum rooms are small but
nice and there are a number of private rooms. I had a private as my vbac
turned into a second c section. I think they try their best too put you in
your own room unless they are super full.
Anyone know of a good doc, NP or midwife at Walnut Creek
Kaiser for pre-natal care? (not for me--it's for a
friend, I swear!) Thanks for any recommendations!
I heartily recommend the midwives at Kaiser Walnut Creek.
If you see the midwives for prenatal care, you aren't
assigned a specific one -- it's whoever is available. At
first I didn't like the sound of that, but it turned out
great because I got to meet several of them, including the
midwife who happened to be on duty the day of my labor.
They operate as a team, and, honestly, are all pretty
similar to one another.
I will have my first prenatal appointment at Kaiser in Walnut Creek next
week. Do you have any opinions about doctors at this facility? I aim for a
natural birth and I'm happy with my midwife (Laura Warren) and doula
(Felicia Roche) but I am not sure about choosing a doctor. I'm due in May.
Thanks in advance for your advice.
Hi Katy, congratulations!! I recently delivered at Kaiser WC and it was
a really wonderful experience. So, you don't really need to choose a
doctor. You are going to get whoever is there when you go into labor
anyway. I, personally, wanted to deliver with a midwife so I made all
of my prenatal appointments with different midwives. It is nice to
find someone you like (I liked Laura Warren a lot), but they may not be
there when you deliver so if you meet several of them you may end up
having that person for your delivery. I found I liked all of the
midwives I had for prenatal appts. I had a doctor once because I
couldn't get in to see a midwife, and frankly she was a bit cold and
rushed compared to the midwives. Not sure if it was just a personality
thing, but my recommendation is to use a midwife. The doctors are
there in the building, should you end up needing one for your delivery
(hopefully not!), but I found the midwives to be warmer. Obviously up
to you, but that is my two cents. Oh, you will also get more convenient appts if you
can take whoever is available. If you choose a particular doctor it
will be harder to schedule. Good luck!
Re: Gyn. Oncologist rec., Kaiser
I love my NP Seipel in WC!
Happy in WC
ObGyn for Scheduled C-section Walnut Creek
Need urgent recommendation:
I need to schedule a c-section at Kaiser WC (I have Placenta
Previa and Baby is breech). Dr Dale Tucker was highly
recommended on the archives but apparently is no longer doing
deliveries. Some of the Dr's listed on the archives have changed
now so I was wondering if anyone had a recent recommendation of
Dr specializing in c-sections that they can recommend ASAP.
Dr. Jean Kayser at Kaiser Walnut Creek specializes in high-risk
obstetrics. See her homepage:
http://www.permanente.net/homepage/kaiser/doctor/kayser/ - it
may be hard to get in to see her, though, as she's pretty busy.
Dr. Deborah Ansley delivered my two children via c-section at
Kaiser in Walnut Creek. The first surgery was not planned, she
just happened to be the dr who performed the surgery (lucky
me!). For my second baby, I saw her for prenatal appts and
scheduled the surgery according to her days in the OR. I
highly recommend her, but also know that there are plenty of
amazing OBs delivering babies at Kaiser WC.
I've checked the listings and there are some good
recommendations but some of the staff are new and some (like Dr
Tucker) aren't doing deliveries these days. Current
recommendations are welcomed and highly appreciated. I most
likely will have to have a c-section, have placenta previa, baby
is breech at the moment, am an older mom and had a previous
miscarriage. I am in my 6th month and am just transferring to
Walnut Creek since I will be closer there when on maternity
leave. Thank you!!!!!!!
I am an older Mom at 43, and just had my first baby at the Walnut Creek Kaiser. I
chose WC (I live in Oakland) for various reason, primary being the delivery unit is
made up of midwives. I went out there with my doula, and hopes of a vaginal birth,
ended up with a c section, but, the entire WC team was immensely respectful,
professional, and I hightly recommend their facility. My surgeon was Dr. Gras. My
OBGYN is Dr. Bui, also a very good doctor - but, not there for delivery. Good Luck,
and, if you have any more questions, feel free to email me directly.
I highly recommend Dr. Allen Nan who has just transferred from
EB OB/GYN to Kaiser Walnut Creek this summer. He's a wonderful
doctor, and was my OB for the past 12 years (through 3 kids) -
first one breech (in which he successfully helped me turn the
baby). His bedside manner is remarkable, warm, caring, and
funny. I don't think you will be disappointed. I've since
moved from the Bay Area, and know I won't be able to find
someone I like as well...Lucky you!
Loved my OB
Elaine Carlitz was my OB-GYN 15 years ago when I was pregnant
wtih my first son. I really liked her a lot, though she didn't
deliver my baby, a nurse midwife did (in WC).
We use Kaiser Walnut Creek. My OB/GYN is Jean Kayser and I love her (and I am
picky!). The first (and only, for that matter - haven't needed to see her again
yet) time I met her she spent a lot of time with me, looked me right in the eye
while we were talking and really listened to my concerns, and was open to
alternative therapies (I went to discuss menopause). In fact, when I told her I'd
looked into various vitamins to take for hot flashes, she then whipped out
Kaiser's information about such treatments. She was attentive to my concerns and
open to my having done my own research. I felt like she really paid attention to
everything I was saying, and did not feel rushed. I felt very good about the
experience and with her as an OB/GYN. I can highly recommend her. (As for
pediatrics, our daughter's pediatrician is Dr. Dorothy Hassler, whom we also
love, but you didn't mention her.) Good luck!
We've just switched to Kaiser and I am looking for new doctors
for myself and my husband. I would also
appreciate recommendations for a gynecologist. I am especially
interested in any doctors practicing at Park Shadelands.
We switched to Kaiser Walnut Creek in January and have been
extremely pleased. I don't yet have an OB/GYN though--Dr. Elaine Carlitz
came highly recommend and I am on her wait list. (She's
downtown though, not at Shadelands.)
I, too, just recently switched to Kaiser about 7 months ago. I
found out that I was pregnant 6 months ago, so I had to find an
OB quickly to start my prenatal care right away. I have seen
quite few different people at the Park Shadelands office and so
far I've liked Dr. Dennis Randall and I have heard that Sandy
Norman, NP is great too but I haven't met her yet. The nice thing about
Kaiser is that you can make many appointments and shop around
until you find the one you like.
I LOVE Sharyn Ginsberg at Kaiser Walnut Creek. She has seen me
through three pregnancies and all the little stuff in between.
She is a nurse practitioner, but writes prescriptions etc.. she's
I just love Dr. Francis Wright at Kaiser Walnut Creek. I have
seen him for a couple years and through the course of one
pregnancy, and he is just the greatest. Just as an example, he
will respond to and correspond via e-mail in a very prompt way
and after the birth of my son he contacted me several times
just to check in on me. Very kind, compassionate but also at
times brisk and professional. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend
Re: Richmond ObGyn for high-risk pregnancy
I dont' know if it is convenient or possible for you to go to
Walnut Creek Kaiser or not. But... If you are able I must say
that I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Jeffrey Maier. He is
head of the perinatology dept. and handles high risk pregnancies
(high risk for a variety of reasons). I had previously had many
bad experiences with Kaiser and he won me over. He is not only
a compassionate, thorough, & gentle Dr., he has much experience,
expertise and works with a wonderful staff (with the exception
of one of the NST nurses whom everyone complains about). If you
can go to Walnut Creek he is simply the best.
Hi. I recently moved to Walnut Creek and am looking for an
OB/GYN at Kaiser. I have been told that I can choose from the
following doctors: Karen Rice, Susan Schley, Dale Tucker,
Francis Wright, Elaine Carlitz, Donna DiCenzo, and Darlene
Lanka. Please let me know if you have any advice or experience
with any of these doctors. I really appreciate any
recommendations that you may have!
Trying To Conceive
I have been seeing Dr. Francis Wright and have been very happy
with his care and bed-side manner. Of course everyone's tastes
are different but here is what I like about him. He makes good
eye contact and listens to my questions before answering. He
answers my questions in a very straightforward way. He has a good
sense of humor. He is very sensitive without being obsequious.
He is young and seems to be up-to-date on all the newest
theories/natural childbirth/hormone therapies, etc. He is
practical in his suggestions and accomodating to my desires.
I met Dr. Wright just after I had had a miscarriage this
spring. I had been seeing another OB (not among the list you
provided) who was very cold about the whole thing, gave me some
pills to help ''flush'' the fetus, and provided no follow-up plan
for care if the drugs didn't work (which they didn't) before she
left town. Dr. Wright was very warm and comforting before and
after he performed a D&C. He gave me lots of reassurance when I
needed it, but wasn't patronizing. I'm happy to say I am within
a few days of giving birth right now, and have had only excellent
encounters with Dr. Wright throughout my pre-natal care.
Good luck with your decision. Feel free to contact me with
any specific questions you might have.
I had Dr. Lanka and she was great. I had to have a C- section and she did a
great job. All in all my expirience with Kaiser Walnut creek was
exeptional. The Nurses were so wonderful! You are in good hands.
I go to Dale Tucker and like her a lot. I've only been once, but I had a
good experience with her. She had been recommended to me by several people,
as had Donna DiCenzo, but the latter wasn't taking any new patients. Good
Recommendation for Kaiser OBGYN in Walnut Creek.
The team of OBGYN's is fantastic in W.Creek. I use Dr. Lanka
who is really great. She's also a fertility specialist. Tough to
get a new appt with, but if you tell them you're trying to
conceive and want to see her, you might get lucky. Try to get a
referral fro your current Dr (it may help. Be persistant, not
patient with them. Di Cenzo and Tucker are also supposed to be
for the person seeking recommendations on a Kaiser Walnut Creek OB/
I found Dr. Rice to be fabulous; I went to her for infertility issues. She
was friendly, honest, and practical, plus she is (or was at that time) head
of the department, so you know she knows her stuff.
Since that time, I saw Dr. Lanka once. Although she was a very nice
woman, and apparently much sought after as a doc, she routinely runs
an hour behind schedule, or more. I wasted two hours there, and then was
rushed through my appointment, so I'm not going to see her again.
I just wanted to second the vote for Dr. Dale Tucker. I
attempted a VBAC with my second child and she did my c-section.
She is very nice, has nice small hands, and did an excellent
job sewing me up. The scar is nice and soft, indistinguishable
from the surrounding skin by touch. My previous scar was hard
and stood out a little from the surrounding skin. She also
talked to me about my disappointment in my failed VBAC and made
me feel better so I could move on to focusing on my new baby.
I am looking for OB/GYN recommendations for Kaiser Walnut
Creek or Vallejo. I have looked on the web-site and
nothing is mentioned on these two facilities. Also, do you
deliver at these sites or somewhere else?
Dr. Maier(sp?) is an excellent ob/gyn at Kaiser Walnut
Creek. He is actually a perinatologist (deals in high risk
pregnancies) and I found him to be MUCH better then the
perinatologists at Kaiser Oakland.
I delivered all four of my kids at Walnut Creek Kaiser. I
had an nurse midwife for all the deliveries except the
first one (complications mean you get the doctor. I was
very happy with all the deliveries. The labor and delivery
rooms are a couple years old and very nice. And the staff
was so caring. I labored and delivered and bonded all in
one room. The babies were cleaned up, checked. Blood taken
all in my room. They were never taken out of the room away
from me. So nice.
I went to all my prenatal appointments at Martinez and
really liked the nurse practioners there. I felt more
comfortable with them over doctors. They were always very
caring. I saw Laverne Brooks several times. I went to
Kaiser Vallejo for one prenatal class and I wasn't thrilled
with it. I didn't feel that the nurses running the class
were very respectful of the patients. I wrote them a
letter complaing that we were treated like we were Jr. High
girls in detention. about six months later I received a
call from them asking about my complaints. At Walnut Creek
it was much more informative and positive.
I have known moms who did have good experiences at Vallejo
though. If I were to choose between Vallejo and Walnut
Creek, I would definitaley go with Walnut Creek. In my
limited experience at Vallejo with that bad prenatal class
and the way their lab worked, having us give the urine
sample in the bathroom and then walking around with the cup
of pee (no little brown bag to carry it in) to give it back
to the receptionist...just wrong. No dignity.
Best of luck to you for a positive experience wherever you
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