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I am looking for a female OB who specializes in high risk
pregnancies and delivers at Alta Bates. I had my daughter in SF at
CPMC in 2008, but now need to find someone who can deliver closer
to home. I had numerous complications, low fluid, preterm labor, a
small baby and was monitored by the amazing doctors at SF
perinatal for the months leading up to my preterm delivery. I need
someone who can do a great repeat C section if needed or help me
with a VBAC and be able to refer me to the right specialists for
my likely complications I will have in my next pregnancy.
I would love to hear your experience as a high risk patient with
your recommended OB! I looked in the archives and couldn't find
I would head to Bill Isenberg at Ob Gyn Partners for Health. I had a
very complicated second pregnancy, with isenberg as my main person
and then two other docs for other issues. Wait, make that three when
you throw in my endocrinologist. Care was exceptional. He was pushing
for a vbac until my gestational diabetes could only be controlled by
insulin, at which point the c-section was scheduled. That too was a
great experience. Really cannot say enough good things about him, and
his partners. Great care, great referrals, good book-keeping
insurance and easy parking to boot.
I would highly recommend Kurt Wharton, M.D. He is a fantastic Ob/Gyn
and he delivered my baby 6 months ago. He came highly recommended so
I went with him despite all my years of seeing only female docs. He
has an excellent bedside manner, warm, calming and is wonderful with
C-sections if need be. He's been practicing for years and although I
did not have high risk if I did you bet I'd go with him. Fully trust
his capabilities and knowledge base- he knows what he's doing. His
number is 925-962-0002. His office is in Lafayette but he delivers at
Alta Bates. Trust me, he is worth the drive if that's of any concern.
I wanted to second the recommendation for Dr. Kurt Wharton. He is an
amazing OB. I have recommended many friends to him, all of whom have
had great experiences that run the gamut from a VBAC to a high-risk
c-section delivery. He is so knowledgable and warm, and so
hardworking. My recovery from the c-section he performed for my first
child was very easy; in fact it seemed easier than some of my friends'
recoveries from their vaginal deliveries. The nurses checking up on me
in the hospital said ''Oh you have Dr. Wharton, don't you?'' They
recognized how skilled a surgeon he is. My scar healed so well you can
barely see it at all. Kathleen
I cannot recommend Dr. Lilia Lizano highly enough! She is a very
skilled surgeon. I have been a patient of hers for about seventeen
years. I too delivered my first two daughters at CPMC in 1990 and
1992. My pregnancies were horrendous, I had pre-eclampsia,
gestational diabetes and with my third daughter's pregnancy I had a
cyst on my ovary the size of a cantaloupe. Dr. Lizano operated when I
was sixteen weeks pregnant and was able to skillfully remove the cyst
and ovary without me losing the baby (a high chance). She sat by my
side herself and monitored the baby's heartbeat after the surgery to
make sure the baby was OK. At delivery my daughter was born with the
cord around her neck twice (truly a miracle baby). She has also
performed a hysterectomy on me. I completely trust her judgement.
She is in Hercules.
Girls are now 20, 18 and 15yrs old
Does anyone have a recommendation for an excellent high-risk OB-GYN or perinatalogist
in the Oakland/Berkeley area who is not affiliated with East Bay Perinatal? For our
first child we had planned a homebirth, but due to low amniotic fluid and postdates I
was admitted to Alta Bates to induce labor. I was attended by the on-call doctors at
Alta Bates (the ones overseeing my labor were affiliated with East Bay Perinatal).
Unfortunately, during labor I experienced complications (an abrupted placenta), and
because signs of fetal distress were not acted upon quickly enough, severe oxygen
deprivation resulted in the death of our baby six hours after she was born by
emergency c-section. For any future pregnancies, we are looking for a high-risk OB or
perinatalogist in the East Bay who is well regarded and who is in no way affiliated
with East Bay Perinatal. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
Your story is simply heart breaking. I am so sorry. I know you said
perinatologist, but I think you should go meet and discuss your
situation with Dr Bill Isenberg at OB/gyn partners for Health in
Oakland. He got me through what could easily have been your situation
(due in part to an on-call doctor who is no longer practicing) by doing
an emergency c-section. I reccomend him because he is very, very
compassionate in addition to being an excellent doc. I had several
losses previous to my previous pregnancy and every single time I
worried, he fit me in for a sonogram. Every time. And trust me, that
happened alot. All my perinatology has been done through Dr Goldberg in
SF (minor complications of current pregnancy requiring ultrasound
monitoring), not east bay perinatal. Dr Isenberg has a great
relationship with Goldberg & the whole pratice at SF Perinata. And all
the doctors at OB/gyn partners are great. He also is also open to VBAC,
under the right circumstances.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a high-risk OB-GYN in the Berkeley
Oakland area? I am having complications from my pregnancy and I am not sure that
my regular OB has enough experience with these types of complications (blood not
flowing properly, vein disorder). Thanks!
Goldee Gross Ob Gyn Partners for Health
See also: Perinatalogists
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