Perinatologists & Prenatal Tests at Kaiser
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Hi. We are having twins and I need to decide between the
perinatologists at Kaiser in Oakland and Walnut Creek. I'd
like to hear people's recent experiences with Dr. Lawrence
Newman, Dr. David Walton, and Dr. Mara Beth Greenberg at
Oakland and Dr. Jeffrey Maier and Dr. Monica Sood at Walnut
Creek. I believe Dr. Greenberg and Dr. Sood are relatively
This is my first pregnancy and my limited experiences with
Dr. Newman so far have been less than reassuring. Ideally,
I am looking for someone who is very competent, doesn't mind
a patient who asks a lot of questions and does a lot of
research, and isn't adverse to natural childbirth (I am
being realistic and understand that it may not be an option,
but I'd at least like a provider who isn't totally adverse
- Looking for a supportive provider
Ask for Dr. Newman's resident, Lisa Ryujin. I'm assigned to Dr.
Walton, who is very, very good but also often unavailable, so I've
seen both Drs. Newman and Ruyjin in his place. Personally, I
don't mind Dr. Newman at all--while he is businesslike and
straightforward, he clearly knows his stuff. However, Dr. Ryujin
(whom I have seen multiple times) is very knowlegeable, but also
highly compassionate, and I have NEVER felt rushed at all with
her. Although I'm having a scheduled c-section due to my medical
condition, I get the impression that Dr. Ryujin would be very open
to natural birth as long as it doesn't pose a risk to the baby or
you. Here's a link to her profile:
...and best wishes for your delivery!!
also high-risk, very happy with Kaiser Oakland docs
I have had a lot of experience with both Dr. Walton and Dr. Newman
at Kaiser Oakland. My first pregnancy got complicated very fast
and I was in the hospital, under both Dr. Walton and Dr. Newman's
care. I found Dr. Newman to have a great bedside manner, and he
was a believer in taking more precautionary measures that made me
feel comfortable. Dr. Walton is very, very smart, but until I got
to know him I didn't know what to make of his personality. He
comes across as a little awkward. However, over time he really
grew on me and I wound up trusting his judgment completely. All
of the nurses in the hospital love him too -- and I think it's
telling of how kind he is that he treats everyone he works with
with respect too. He's read every relevant article and researched
everything to help prevent pre-term birth. In my second
pregnancy, I was automatically considered high risk, and the
moment I got pregnant I emailed Dr. Walton and he saw me and did
an ultrasound right away. Even though nothing in that pregnancy
was abnormal in the least, and I ultimately delivered full term,
he took every precaution, did ultrasounds every couple of weeks,
and addressed all of my concerns immediately. He was not hesitant
about ordering tests that I suggested if they made sense, which I
really appreciated. He also always managed to bend the rules for
me and see me at odd times (like during his lunch). He made me
feel like a VIP, which is hard to do in the Kaiser system, and
gave me the reassurance I needed to feel less stressed about the
2nd pregnancy. So my recommendation would be to go with Dr.
Walton at Kaiser Oakland. You can't get a more skilled and caring
physician than him, even if it takes a while to warm up to him.
Can anyone recommend a perinatologist outside of Kaiser? I'd
particularly like to find one with extensive knowledge of (and
treatment for) pregnancy and lupus anticoagulant antibodies.
I had a very difficult pregnancy with my first child and I was
in the Kaiser system. I think Jeffrey Maier out of Kaiser Walnut
Creek is excellent. He was the first one to accurately diagnose
the problem with my pregnancy and I felt I was in really
competent hands. Lee
Does anyone out there have experience with the perinatologists
at Kaiser-Oakland? My child was born two months premature, and
now that I am pregnant again, Kaiser wants to put me in a
special program it has for women at risk for premature births.
I'd love to hear about people's reactions to the program in
general and to the two perinatologists at Kaiser-oakland -- Dr.
Newman and Dr. Walton. Thanks!
I've had Dr. Walton for both my pregnancies and highly
recommend him. In my first pregnancy I had HELLP
Syndrome (severe preeclempsia) and delivered by
emergency c-section at 31 weeks (baby was IUGR and in
NICU for two months). I was hospitalized three days prior
with my condition undiagnosed and once on duty Dr. Walton
was the one who worked with the doctor monitoring my
condition; he took an aggressive course once it became
clear that immediate delivery was the only option. During
such a scary time he was extremely supportive, patient with
our numerous questions and fully explaining everything, but
at the same time being realistic about the seriousness of
the situation. He was not scheduled to be present at the
surgery but at my request he assisted (and allowed my
spouse to be there as well). Prior to this my only contact with
Dr. Walton had been that he had done my amnio earlier (he
also has a reputation for being a highly skilled technician).
When I was pregnant 2.5 years ago I didn't hesitate to
request Dr. Walton again since I was considered high-risk
(reoccurence of HELLP). I had some anomalies show up in
my blood work and needed follow-up tests every month.
During this time Dr. Walton again was very informative,
patient with questions and answers, and reassuring. He
didn't always have answers to my questions but would
research and get back to me with detailed information. He
also didn't hesitate to make referrals when needed, e.g., he
referred me to hematology for during- and post-pregnancy
followup. Dr. Walton was very accessible via email and
would call me at home in the evenings to discuss my test
results. I was also conflicted about whether I should try for a
VBAC or have a c-section so we would discuss this (along
with my birth plan) at length as well. About week 25, protein
in my urine showed up and I additionally had to be
monitored by the pre-term center in Santa Clara. This meant
that I checked for protein in the urine every morning,
checked my blood pressure twice a day, and spoke to a
nurse daily. Needless to say I ended up carrying to term with
a normal delivery.
In my experiences with Dr. Walton I always found him
extremely competent, professional, knowledgeable, and
funny (he has a dry sense of humor). When I found out I was
pregnant with #2 I was extremely relieved to find out that Dr.
Walton was still at Kaiser-Oak. I highly recommend him.
Feel free to email if you want to discuss anything else.
I went to Dr.
Jeffrey Maier at Kaiser Walnut Creek. While Dr. Maier is fairly business-like, he is extremely
competent, he told me my options and kept his personal views out
of it, he was the first one to identify the problem with the
pregnancy. I would recommend taking the trip to Walnut Creek. By
the way, he is now a gorgeous 3 year old who is pulling on my
arm as I write.
I am a medical professional who has worked with many
perinatologists over the past twenty years and can give the
highest recommendations for Drs. Walton and Newman at Kaiser
Oakland. I saw Dr. Walton for my pregnancy, and in addition to
being incredibly up to date in his knowledge of this field (which
is highly technical and changes at a fast pace), he bent over
backwards to listen to my concerns and do his best to do what was
necessary to reassure me about my growing baby (who turned out to
be perfect, in spite of my worries). Dr. Newman is also one of
the best, and has been doing this for a long time. They are both
committed professionals who care a great deal about their
I've had experiences with both Dr. Newman and Dr. Walton
regarding my two breech babies, born 2 years apart. I had
unsuccesful external versions with both, and still wanted to try
for natural childbirth. With my first, Dr. Newman seemed to think
a vaginal breech delivery was possibly and not unduly risky. He
supported my desire to try, and even arranged for a CAT scan of
my pelvis to see if the baby's head would fit. When the time came
and I was in labor for 72 hours, he did not agree to assist the
vaginal delivery (he was the Dr. on call) and we went ahead and
had a c-section. I never called to find out why - I actually
think it was a good decision, since 3 days of labor had exhausted
all my physical resources and I did not have it in me to push the
I felt like Dr. Newman was experienced and knowledgeable, but
quite short on bedside manner - barely looked you in the eye.
Dr. Walton is much more personable and also more cautious. He
recommended against having a VBAC at my 4 month visit (at that
time I wanted one, not knowing my second baby would also turn out
to be breech!). I definitely was not up for trying the vaginal
breech birth the second time around, so that didn't even come up,
but he did perform an external version on me that was pretty
gentle and ultimately unsuccessful (he didn't want to ''bust my
I don't know if this is relevant information - I hope it helps.
2 breech babies - 2 c-sections
I had a high-risk pregnancy also and was assigned to Drs.
Walton & Newman. Of the two, I preferred Dr. Walton. They do
see each others patients so are a bit ''interchangeable'' in that
way; you'll probably get to know them both. I wouldn't
describe either as having a great bedside manner, though I
would definitely give Dr. Walton higher marks in this regard
than Dr. Newman. I did feel confident in Dr. Walton's
abilility to manage my high-risk pregnancy, though his
communication (both content, and style) could certainly
improve. Basically, I would
just ''accept'' that this is what you have given your high-risk
pregnancy; you do want the specialists. I remember some of the
nurses as being quite helpful and competent. Best of luck,
Mom of a preemie at Kaiser Oakland
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