Lesbian/Queer Friendly Ob Gyn
Berkeley Parents Network >
Health & Medical >
Lesbian/Queer Friendly Ob Gyn
My sexually active lesbian teen needs a friendly,
non-critical first gyn appointment. Does anyone have a
Dr. Gabriella Henisheimer, Solano Ave, Albany. Her practice is very
busy, but worth the wait for your daughter.
I think my family doctor, Roxanne Fiscella, would be
fabulous. she may be a lesbian herself, and i like her
and the whole clinic. it is in that building on dwight
way and milvia.
I think my gynecologist Dr. Arzou Ahsan would be fantastic Gyn for
a teenager. Check out her other recommendations on the BPN
website and see what you think!
My partner and I are looking for an OB Gyn - we've been trying to conceive for a while
and want to get some tests done on my hormone levels. We're non-Kaiser insured.
In the short-term, I need someone I can trust that knows about fertility and ideally also
the challenges of using frozen sperm, and can interpret test results in a not-
freaking out kind of way.
Ideally, we could find someone now that could be our long-term OB once I'm definitely
pregnant if we decide to go the OB route. We're looking for someone who will be
respectful of our relationship and both our roles. In an ideal world, we would find
someone who is supportive of home birth with a midwife for low-risk pregnancies, and at a
minimum someone who is willing to keep their interventions in hospital-based labor/birth
at the bare minimum.
Thanks for any information you can provide!
I can't explicitly say he is lesbian friendly as my partner is male, but
my OB when TTC was Dr. Hambrick. He is gay himself so I would guess he
would be supportive of lesbians. He was very helpful while we were TTC
and supportive through the first half of our successful pg (by natural
means) after which I changed medical plans and had to find another doc for
delivery. Anyway, we both really liked him, he remembered us from one
appt to the next and listened to our WHOLE selves as we explored our
procreation attempts. I recommend him to anyone.
mom of two now!
I delivered two daughters at California Pacific Med in SF. My OB/GYN
Katherine Hsiao is an excellent doctor and she is a fertility specialist,
I believe. I have her as my regular OB/GYN and do not see her as much
since my youngest will be 3 this June. I am sure she can talk to you and
your partner. Good luck! Her office number is 415-876-8500
my neighbor is Dr. Arzou D Ahsan, and when i planned a homebirth,
she was one of the few people i knew who didn't blanche at the
very thought! she herself is a mother of twins, with her partner,
so i assume she should be both knowledgable and respectful about
your situation. my good friend sees her as her OB, and has been
very happy with the care she has received. my friend's pregnancy
(which was IVF, through ?pacific fertility in the city) went
late, and Dr. Ahsan did not push for induction ASAP, as some do,
but did monitor the amniotic fluid and recommended induction at
the point where she felt the fluid was too low (?4.something, at
41w5d). my friend had had a previous pregnancy of twins with a
loss of one at 37 weeks (with emergency c/s too late to save the
one twin, but the other ok), so there was some extra caution
indicated, and she was hoping for a VBAC, which Dr. Ahsan was
supportive of; there was no pressure at all to schedule a c/s.
Dr. Arzou D Ahsan
Obstetrics and Gynecology
2915 Telegraph Ave Ste 200
Berkeley, CA 94705 (510) 845-8047 anon
My partner and I are hoping to conceive this fall. Can anyone
recommend a lesbian/queer friendly ob-gyn in the East Bay?
My best friend and I, both queer moms, love our ob-gyns at
Berkeley-Orinda Women's Health. Mine is John Girard. He's
kind of old-school, but I love him. Very relaxed and funny.
I'm a very low-maintenance patient, so I can't say how he would
be with a person who asked a lot of questions, etc., but he was
always very supportive about my fertility stuff. Jill Foley is
my friend's ob-gyn, and she did the insemination that resulted
in the birth of my daughter (now 3). Kurt Wharton (now with a
different practice) delivered my daughter, and he is absolutely
wonderful, too. You can check the archives for reviews of Drs.
Girard, Foley and Wharton . . . I wrote one back in June 2005
as well. Hope this helps!
Grateful for My Great Ob-Gyn
Are you looking for an OB/GYN for fertility evaluation or more
basically insemination? I would recommend At Home Fertility
for insemination (with a caveat that I sometimes work for them
and am biased). They provide inseminations of fresh or frozen
sperm in your home, based on your own decisions regarding
timing. Michelle Edgar, who is also a midwife, is the owner of
this practice. It is the most queer friendly service out
there, as well as being kind, professional, and skilled.
Just a thought
I'm one-half of a lesbian couple. My partner and I are thinking about
trying to get pregnant in about a year, and are trying to decide which
health plan to go with. Our choices through my new job are Blue Cross PPO
and Kaiser. The main questions for us are a) whether either of
these plans (for some miraculous reason) covers some part of donor
insemination and b) what people's experiences have been during pregnancy
and birth at Oakland Kaiser and/or with other Berkeley/Oakland physicians'
groups. We may want to go with a midwife -- any thoughts on Kaiser v. Blue
Cross in that regard? Any thoughts on the two plans in terms of fertility
treatments? (I'm certainly not planning on having fertility problems, but
what with exclusions for pre-existing conditions, etc, I feel like I should
choose the health plan I'll be with for the duration.)
I guess our first question is simply whether to go with Blue Cross or
Kaiser, and our 2nd question is much more detailed -- who have you gone to
for pregnancy and/or birth, and how did you feel about your choice?
Any and all comments are appreciated!
Editor note: see also Kaiser vs. Other HMOs
and Midwives and Kaiser
I, too, am one-half of a lesbian couple, and I used Kaiser through
pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, delivery and now baby care (our daughter is now
one). Overall, we've been very happy with Kaiser.
When I told my regular ob/gyn nurse-practitioner that I was a lesbian
planning to have a baby, she referred me to the fertility department for
exams (ultrasound, hysterio-something) and to meet with a reproductive
endocrinologist, even though I had no reason to believe I would have
fertility problems (though I was almost 35 when I started the process). The one hitch in Kaiser's otherwise wonderful treatment of us was that, contrary to what we initially were told, Kaiser refused to do the insemination (with fresh sperm from our (known/friend) donor). I called a bunch of other places, and the only place willing to do it was Rainbow Flag Health Services (or something like that -- I think their web site is gayspermbank.com). We ended up figuring something out for ourselves (there are legal reasons for using a doctor for the insemination, especially when the donor is not
My partner accompanied me to all my pregnancy check-ups, Kaiser's childbirth classes and, of course, the labor and delivery, and there was never any issue about us being gay. We had a good birth experience at Alta Bates; it was similar to the many discussed recently here. We didn't use a mid-wife or doula, so I can't comment on that.
Finally, I'd STRONGLY recommend considering and addressing, BEFORE you get
pregnant, what kind of legal protections you want to put in place to protect your and your partner's parental relationship with the future baby.
I do not know about Blue Cross PPO but at my work, Kaiser was the only
one of four health plans that covered any fertility costs. My partner
tried for several years to get pregnant, and all visits and medications
were covered at her usual co-pay ($10 each). When I got pregnant, I had
the same coverage. The only cost not covered was the sperm samples.
We live in the East Bay, but found we preferred the services at Kaiser S.F.
They have about a 6 month wait list at S.F. and shorter in Oakland.
You can start at one and switch later if you want.
I understand not everyone with a Kaiser plan receives the same
benefits, but you should be able to ask plan representatives during
open enrollment or while signing up.
For legal reasons, only insemination procedures with samples from
a licensed sperm bank can be done in the doctor's office. The
Kaiser docs were willing to do a work up and instructions for us
if we choose some other type of donor.
We were happy with the care we got at the fertility clinic and
with our doc for pregnancy-- both health wise and as a lesbian
this page was last updated: Oct 26, 2013
BPN is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit and we are transitioning to a new website during
The opinions and statements expressed on this website
are those of parents who subscribe to the
Berkeley Parents Network.
Disclaimer & Usage for
information about using content on this website.
Copyright © 1996-2015 Berkeley Parents Network