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Re: Fibroids- Dr Ed Blumenstock or Dr Yvette Gentry?
I have seen both Gentry and Blumenstock (Gentry was my OB and delivered my son), and after winding up with ongoing complications from my delivery (pelvic prolapse, etc.), she actually referred me to Ed Blumenstock, saying that he is who she would send her family members to if they needed gynecologic-related surgery.
His specialty is urogynecology, which I don't believe Gentry is board-certified in(?). I had my appointment with him recently, and found him extremely knowledgeable and straightforward, with a good bedside manner. He also took his time to cover my options, and didn't rush through the exam or office consult.
When I'm ready to have my prolapse repair surgery I'll definitely be going to him (and I've had 4 opinions now, including Dr. Gentry's). She also recommended Dr. Kurt Wharton (who has a website if you google him), but he didn't fall within my insurance so I never followed up with him. Good luck! C
I had a midwife during my first pregnancy who turned out to be sort of a dud. In the meantime, I've gotten great standard GYN care from Nurse Practitioner Kathy Koger at East Bay Women's Health. I've just found out I am pregnant and can be seen prenatally by Kathy with oversight (and ultimately, delivery) by one of the OB's at the practice...does anyone have experience with Dr. Yvette Gentry or Dr. Vanessa Chan. Do they lean 'progressive' or 'conservative' in terms of medical interventions? I will be clear about my own desires and expectations during my first prenatal appointment but wondering if anyone has had direct experience with either of these doctors. Thanks.
That being said, I thought she was great during my (successful) pregnancy and the birth of my son. Anytime I would start to get freaked out about something between prenatal visits (which happened a lot given my history), when I brought it up with her she responded in exactly the way I had hoped. I luckily did not need any interventions or drugs during delivery, but we had discussed when an induction or C-section would be required, and I thought her explanations were very reasonable and realistic. I was confident in her experience and knowledge, and felt I could trust her. She was also perfectly fine with us having a doula in the delivery room -- I've heard some OBs are quite hostile to the idea. I didn't think that I would care so much about who actually delivered my son, but ended up being relieved that she was on call (and actually at the hospital) when I went into labor, and I'm really happy she did the delivery.
I met Dr. Chan once (they want you to see both doctors at some point during your pregnancy, in case the other is on call when you deliver). She seemed nice, but not as experienced as Dr. Gentry.
Hope this helps ... Congrats on your pregnancy! Good luck! anon
Re: Need new ob/gyn in East Bay for OD pregnancy
I can highly recommend Dr. Yvette Gentry as a wonderful OB/Gyn in Oakland. I went through Invitro Fertilization and have had many complications with my pregnancy, after years of infertility. Dr. Gentry has been my OB and has been very informative, compassionate, and supportive throughout. Her office staff is also wonderful. You do not have to wait a long time to see her in her office, and she has been very good at calling me when I have had emergenices and questions. Her office staff is very professional and warm, as well as efficient. She has experience with assisted fertility procedures, and high risk pregnancy and is very supportive and knowledgeable in this area. She was highly recommended by my IVF doctor. I cannot say enough good things about her. She delivers at Alta Bates. Her office number is: 510-653-0846. kristen
Re: Seeking a More Personal ObGyn Practice
I used Dr. Angelyn Thomas and her buisness partner Dr. Gentry. I really liked the office staff and the doctors. On the day I deleivered, Dr. Thomas was ready and available right on time. Her offices were/are located near Summit hospital and I am not sure if they moved offices with the consolidation with Alta Bates. I'm sure you can find them on line or in the yellow pages. They were great! Carrie
Note: Angelyn Thomas is now practicing with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
Dr. Yvette Gentry, OB GYN, in Oakland, was recommended to me by a friend who doesn't have kids. I'm expecting my second baby in December and would love to know if anyone has had any experience with Dr. Gentry - particularly around childbirth. Thank you! Nancy
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