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Website for Ob Gyn Partners for Health: www.obgynpartners.com
Ob Gyn Partners for Health
365 Hawthorne Ave, Oakland CA 510 893 1700
911 Morage Rd Lafayette 925 284 3040
Doctors reviewed on this page:
Ed Blumenstock, Hon Fong, Goldee Gross, Lee Hambrick, William Isenberg,
Nicole Jeffrey-Starr, Christine Lee, Elisabeth Schleuning, Jennifer Yarger
Re: Current OBGYN recommendations?
You asked to respond if we LOVE and Adore our OBGYN. Well I Do! Dr. T. Lee
He has a couple different offices depending on the day of the week. Summitt
Pill Hill and across from Alta Bates
Dr. Hambrick is just the nicest person as well as a wonderful, knowledgeable
Dr. He tells you the truth about the sistutaion and talks about all the
options and what needs to be done and why. Tell him JM sent you. I honestly
do not know if he is accepting new patients but call and tell him your
situation and what you are looking for. Good luck and congratulations on your
soon to be new infant. Love my OBGYN
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!
Re: OB GYN Rec in Oakland/Berkeley Area - Alta Bates
I too did a lot of research after moving to the Bay Area on hospitals
and OB-GYN groups. I wanted to avoid a second C-section. You are
right on track with Alta Bates as the L&D group there really wants you
to have the birth you are trying for. I got a lot of recommendations
for OB docs and ended up going with OB-GYN Partners for Health in
Oakland. I saw Lonnie Lin, but Christine Lee delivered my baby and
she was fantastic. I have also heard Goldee Gross is good. I used a
doula which I believe really helped me achieve the birth I wanted
(VBAC, with low drug intervention). The L&D nurse at Alta Bates was
very supportive in this as well.
One thing that helps if you want less intervention is to start labor
out of the hospital and stay out until you feel your contractions are
getting to the point you need to go in. That may not be easy to
figure out if it is your first, but a doula can help. You are smart
to do your research! Best of luck to you.
- Happy Mom
Re: High risk OB delivers at Alta Bates - C section
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.
Re: need a new ObGyn
Please go see Dr. T. Lee Hambrick on Pill Hill in Oakland. He is the
most caring and concerned OBGyn. I have seen 1st hand how he cares for
each patient as if they were family. He and my husband were watching the
World Series together over my contractions... still makes me laugh just
thinking about it. :))
I Love Dr. Lee JM
I am looking for recent input about Dr. Gross. I have seen her a
couple of times & I have heard good things about her but just want to make
sure ... Does she
deliver most of her own babies? Is she precise in her diagnosis &
I love OB GYNs partners for health as a practice. Goldee Gross would not be my frist pick, but I have friends who love her for both OB and GYN. You will almost always have to wait for her - and an hour wait is not unusual. I could not handle that. I highly reccomend Bill Isenberg but not sure if he does OB anymore. I also highly reccomned Pat Flores, their NP - and if you meet with her she can tell you about all the OB's. Yes, they do try to deliver their own patients - both my kids were delivered by Isenberg. Its a great practice.
I'm not a patient of Goldee Gross, but I have been a patient
in her practice since 2008, where I have gone through a
successful pregnancy/birth and two miscarriages. For the
birth, I had Dr. Bill Isenberg as my doctor, and after he
stopped seeing OB patients I switched to Dr. Jennifer
Yarger. Re: your question about whether she delivers her
patients' babies, I think the answer to that is most likely
no. When I had my daughter in mid-2009, that practice
consisted of 6-7 doctors, and they shared call with doctors
from another practice (I can't remember how many), so your
chances of getting your own OB to deliver your baby were
exceedingly small. Some doctors will say that they ''try'' to
be there - and maybe Dr. Gross is one of those - but there
are no guarantees. To be fair, when I was looking for an OB,
I found that situation to be the norm. Insurance companies
have put a cap on how much they'll pay for labor & delivery,
so doctors have had to take on more patients, and they just
can't be available to them all the way doctors used to. If
you really, really care about having your caregiver present
at the birth, I'd suggest looking into hiring a midwife. Or
you could do what we did: stick with your OB for prenatal
care, hire a doula you love (we went with the wonderful and
very experienced Linda Jones-Mixon) and then hope for a
smooth birth that doesn't even really require the doctor to
I think in general for GYN/prenatal care, you are looking at
individual doctors. For OB/labor & delivery care, you're
looking at whole practices. I'm not sure if this will be
relevant to you, but we chose our OB (Bill Isenberg, who no
longer sees OB patients, alas) because we were VERY
interested in natural childbirth, and he had a great record
of supporting low-intervention birth. I (naively) assumed
that the other members of his practice would share those
values. Wow, was I wrong. The members of that practice are
all across the spectrum in terms of genuinely supporting
natural childbirth and whether or not they view the patient
as a partner or whether they think it's the doctor's show
and the mom is just a witness to the action. So if you are
primarily concerned with who is actually going to be there
on the day your baby is born, look at the whole practice,
not just one doctor.
Best of luck! oakland mom
Not sure if this is recent as I delivered in June 2009. After two
deliveries at Kaiser WC, Dr. Gross was my OB thru my whole
pregnancy. I really liked her on my
first visit as I thought she was friendly and interested. After
that I felt like I was just another nameless patient. I had a way
better overall experience at Kaiser WC w/my np and then the
midwives who delivered me. She was fine and seemed competent, but
I always had to wait at least a half hour and felt rushed during
my appts. Only at the end, when I was having some minor
complications (blood pressure rising) and my husband was ill, did
she seem more warm and attentive. The icing on the cake was when
I ran into her at Trader Joe's recently and she looked at me like,
''Uh, do I know you?'' The good news was that her partner Dr. T.
Lee Hambrick delivered me and he was WONDERFUL! Dr. Hambrick was
in and out of the room the whole time I was in labor - 9:30pm to
12:30am delivery (3 hrs.). And he really got me thru the worst
when her enormous head and shoulders were coming out. And the
next day, he came in and checked on me and I didn't feel like just
another nameless face he didn't remember. If I were having
another bb at Alta Bates I would switch to him in a second, even
though his office is a bit of a trek from Lafayette. His office
is on Hawthorne Ave. in Oakland. I always thought I'd feel weird
about having a guy OB, but he was great. I can't recommend him
I love Goldee Gross - she is amazing and warm. And yes, a few
years ago, she did deliver both my babies, who were born in the
early morning hours...But, yes, I did have to put up with some
long waits - sometimes an hour even but it was worth it.
Sorry to chime in so late! Goldee Gross was my OB for two of my three
pregnancies. Here is my take:
Positives: She is nice, mellow, non-judgemental, easy to talk to,
friendly, knowledgable, does not over-react (but does react
appropriately), and very well established and respected in the
Negatives: Her office is very busy, and indeed, there were often long
waits. Also, as she is on-call for the hospital, there were sometimes
situations where she had to respond to something in the hospital while
patients were waiting. Besides this, I cannot think of anything I did
not like about her.
Best of luck. Remember, she was voted one of the top OBGYN's in the area
several years ago, out of hundreds of condidates.
Mom the three
Re: OBGYN with sincere kind comforting bedside manner
I am so sorry about your loss and am happy to hear that
you and your husband are ready to try again. I can relate
as I had a late miscarriage after years of fertility
treatments. Dr. Bill Isenberg 510-893-1700 is the most
caring, kind and intelligent physician I know. I credit
him with helping me find the courage to make it through my
second (high risk) pregnancy.
Best of luck to you.
Re: OB GYN open to interviews
I have two OB's to recommend, Bill Isenberg and Kurt
Wharton, not in the same practice. Both are very
experienced and kind doctors who try to deliver their own
patients, rather than doing a big group rotation. I'm sure
they would be happy to sit down with you before you pick a
doctor, that's pretty common. Of the two, I prefer Dr.
Wharton, and his office staff are fabulous as well, which I
can't always say about Dr. Isenberg's office. They both
are supportive of natural childbirth and working with a
doula, if that's something you want. Both also came highly
recommended by the independent midwives I know.
Re: Pregnant and seeking OB GYN
I highly recommend Elisabeth Schleuning at OB/Gyn Partners for
Health. They are in Oakland and also have an office across the
street from Alta Bates so there is always a doctor at the ready.
I had a long induced labor with my first child and saw almost
every doctor in the practice during my time at the hospital. They
were all great, I can honestly say. And Dr. Schleuning stuck it
out, well past her shift, and delivered our baby herself, which I
really appreciated. She is a great listener, all around great
doc. She was also my gyn for about 10 years.
Hi, looking for new ob/gyn close to Piedmont who is good at surgeries.
I have had two C-sections (first baby was breech) so would be looking
at a third IF I have another baby! Do not need the dr to be my best
friend, just medically solid, reliable, and punctual!
Dr. William Isenberg is great! Excellent bedside manner, very
knowledgeable, he handled my 3rd. c-section very professionally. He's with
Ob/Gyn Partners for Health in Oakland. Generally, he does not run late,
but he might cancel appointments because of emergencies (he delivers
babies!). Check his website: www.obgynpartners.com
I second the reccomendation for Dr Isenberg at OB GYN partners for
health. First c-section with him was emergency (general anesthesia),
second scheduled. But here is the thing with him - he was totally
pushing me for a VBAC (which I was not even sure I wanted) until I
developed other complications making that not possible with my second.
So he is great if you've had one c-section and are not sure if you are
going to need another, and he is great if you know you'll need one.
Can't say enough good things about him. No complications from either
Re: East Bay OB Excellent surgeon
Dr. Elisabeth Schleuning in Oakland is great. Her number is
510-893-1700. She is my doctor and did a routine surgery on me with
assistance from her male partner in the practice. I can't remember his
name but he was great too. Dr. S has a very calm manner and is very
personable. She takes the time to listen to your concerns and you don't
get the feeling that you're being rushed. The front office staff is
also excellent. They are very efficient & the Oakland office is very
busy, but it's run very well. Check out their website at
Re: Ob Gyn who is GREAT at C-sections
Bill Isenberg, OB GYN Parnters for health - office at summitt and
some days of the week in Berekley. Two c-sections virtually no
scar, no complications what so ever from either (first emergency
with general anesthesia, second scheduled). Had two other surgeries
with him previous to c-sections. A highly skilled surgeon and great
doctor all around. If you, like me, really thought you'd end up
with a woman doc and did not want a man - still consider him. I
can't say enough good things about his bedside manor, skill,
competence, empathy. Have known him for 6 yrs.
Re: Alta Bates-affiliated OB-GYN
Hi there. I highly recommend OBGYN partners in health on Hawthorne
accross from Summit. I too am expecting my second, and have my
first appointment with them next week. Last time I was followed by
Dr. Nicole Jeffrey-Starr, who unfortunately is taking time off to
be with her own kiddos. She was actually at a conference when my
baby was born, so the delivery was with Dr. Christine Lee who was
also great and who I will see this time. Oh, and Dr. Jeffrey-Starr
called me the evening he was born just to congratulate me and
check in! Love that. Everyone I dealt with there, from the office
staff to the NPs to the multiple MDs I saw at one point or another
were responsive and helpful. I had a high risk pregnancy, so I
especially appreciated how accessible they were. She was also very
sensitive and helpful when I suffered from post-partum depression.
It's just ridiculous that it's taken you so long just to make an
appointment. I hope you find someone you're comfortable with soon.
Re: ObGyn for High-risk pregnancy
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.
I noticed that someone had recommended Dr. Isenberg as an OB/GYN, and
wanted to register another opinion. He is absolutely an intelligent,
kind, compassionate physician, and I felt as though I received great
prenatal care. Dr. Isenberg was out of town, however, for my delivery,
and I ended up passed around between the attending at Alta Bates and Dr.
Hambrick, one of Dr. Isenberg's associates because my labor was so quick.
Because I had two physicians at the birth who didn't communicate well, I
ended up with amniotic sac left inside that had to be removed by yet
ANOTHER physician a week later. Dr. Isenberg called to follow up after
the birth, but not after the removal of the retained amniotic sac. I
wrote a letter to Dr. Isenberg expressing my disappointment and met with
him to discuss my experience, but his response was to be angry with me
and to suggest that my expressing my opinion was related to postpartum
depression (which was not the case).
You may have a much different, stellar experience with him (as many do, I
think), and he certainly has many ties with physicians at UCSF. I would
urge caution, however.
Re: Looking for a great East Bay OB GYN
I was very happy with Dr Hambrick. great bedside manner, remembered us between visits,
compassionate with loss, excited with success.
mom of 2
Re: Looking for Lesbian-Friendly OB Gyn (TTC)
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!
Re: East Bay Ob Gyn that answers their phone?
No, you're not the only one - that was on the top of my list when I picked an OB: they must
answer the phones; no phone trees. I was a patient with OB/GYN Partners for Health, and
they have real live people answer their phones during regular office hours (or did through
2005). There are many wonderful doctors there. I saw Bill Isenberg through my pregnancies,
and he attended the deliveries of both of my girls (that's another great thing about many of
the doctors there -- they attend deliveries instead of sharing call). Of course, when you
call, you do still often end up leaving a message, because it's not like the doctors answer
the phones (but you knew that), but at least you're talking to a person. And my messages
were always returned promptly, typically by one of the nurses.
A fan of human contact
We are joyfully expecting twins in July 2007 and are new to the east bay and have
heard good things about Dr. Lee. We are in desperate need of a few OB GYN
recommdations. Also, any Doula recommedations Lisa
Christine Lee is my Ob/Gyn and I think that she's great. I
started going to her when I became pregnant with my daughter who
is now 2. Dr. Lee has two kids of her own, one of which is just
a few months old at this point, so she knows what you're going
through. She's very responsive to questions, always returns my
phone calls, and is generally just a nice doctor.
She always gave me good, practical advice during my pregnancy. She's sympathetic and is willing
to listen to you. I never felt
like I couldn't ask her something. My OB appointments since
delivery have been routine, but she remembers who I am even
though I don't see her but once a year now.
Another bonus with Dr. Lee, if you're lucky, is that you'll get
to work with her nurse (I don't know her exact title) Harriet. You couldn't ask for a kinder,
more understanding person to be
involved with your pregnancy. The rest of the people in the
office are really great too.
One note of caution: Dr. Lee is so good with her patients that
she often runs late. If you call the office ahead of time, they
will give you a heads up so you don't get there too early.
Good luck to you and congratulations on your twins!
Dr. Lee was not my OBGYN or even in my group but for some odd reason she ended up doing my
emergency C-section. I was really freaked out and she put me at ease. She did a great job
delivering my son, who was HUGE by the way. It was a complicated birth and she did a great
job. My incision was was tiny and I still wonder how in the world she got my 10lb son out of
that little incision. I can only hope that I have as capable doctor for my next child. Dr. Lee
Re: Ob gyn with Hills Physicians
Dr. William Isenberg is awesome! Not only has he great bedside manners, but he is also
highly knowledgeable. Check his profile at
Hi, I am five months pregnant with my first and am
seeing Dr. Nicole Jeffrey at OB/GYN Partners for Health.
Dr. Jeffrey is relatively new in this practice, and young in
the profession. I wanted to know if anyone has had any experience
with her delivering their baby? I am ok with an epidural, if it
becomes necessary, but also want a competent, caring and personal
doctor who will be open to working with me and not just ''catching''
the baby. Also, anyone who ended up getting a C section from her? How did that
go? I am hoping to avoid this, but I am concerned that Dr. Jeffrey's lack years of
experience may influence a C section delivery in some way. Is there anyone out
there who knows ofher and could offer me some information???
-Nervous and excited mom to be
I just had a hysterectomy performed by Dr. Jeffreys. I've got to
tell you, she was fantastic. Firstly, she gave me lots of
information about my treatment choices without pressuring me. Also , she was very
respectful about my body and not rushing to
cut a big C-section cut. She was able to remove an orange sized
fibroid through a tiny hole in my abdoman and I appreciated her
care for taking the extra time and skill to remove it that way. Although I will not
have the opportunity to have her deliver any
babies for me, I think that she is a skilled, caring and
respectful ob/gyn and I can only guess that you are in very good
hands. Don't let her youth fool you, she's a good doc.
I recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy and was relieved to have Dr. Jeffrey as my OB.
Throughout my pregancy she respected and supported our choice to have a natural childbirth
and was very confident of me having one. During the pregnancy, we had many questions and
she never rushed us during any of our appts. I ended up having to have a c-section, because
baby was unable to descend and I could not have been more at ease with having her in the OR.
She did not push me into having a c-
section - just laid out what my options were before the operation. We decided to go with
the c-section, because it was apparent that my baby was too happy in the womb, even after
induction. I only dilated to 1 cm, and never felt the contractions the pitocin was
producing. I had a doula massaging my back the entire time, but I don't think this was the
reason why I wasn't feeling the contractions - baby simply would not descend! Dr. Jeffrey
was competent in the OR and based on comments from other doctors and nurses who checked my
incision afterward, it was the ''neatest incision they had ever seen''. Dr. Jeffrey knows
her stuff - I'm glad to have her as my OB.
Does any one have any pregnancy/child birth experience with
Dr.Nicole Jeffrey of OB & Gyn Partners for Health in Oakland? I
am a new patient there and had a reference to go to another
doctor (Dr.Lee). Since she was not available, I was switched to
Dr. Jeffrey by them. My experience during my first office visit
with her was positive. She is young and cheerful and posseses
great bedside manners. The wait was bad though. I am in my late
30s and planning for a second child now. I would like to hear
about any pregnancy and/or child birth related experience with
I was fortunate enough to be assigned to Dr. Jeffrey 2 years ago
when my original doctor was unavailable as well. She was my OB
during my second pregnancy and she was without a doubt, the only
reason I made it through the pregnancy successfully. She is a
top-notch physician and is incredibly compassionate and
understanding. You will find her a sheer delight. By the way,
she too, just became a new mother about a year ago. I believe
she had a boy. Should you see or speak to her, tell her that
Kimberly said ''hello, and thank you for everything.'' Let
me know if you have any other questions regarding her.
My ob is Dr. Jeffrey and your first experience with her sounds
like how all my appts have gone - positive. I am pregnant with
our first child and her enthusiasm and thoughtful answers to my
many worries and questions have helped me through the
experience. she is a new mother herself and has fresh
experience of motherhood, which is good for me. There was a
one time when the wait was long. I told her that I was unhappy
about this and if she was running late the next time, to have
the front office should have informed us so we could either re-
schedule or wait. Apparently, the front office was supposed to
let us know, but they did not. so, this is not a mark off her,
just the vagueness of the front office staff. After this
incident, my appointment wait have not been more than 10-15
minutes. Hope this feedback helps.
For my last pregnancy, I briefly saw Dr. Goldee Gross (893-1700)
and also really liked her. I have no information about what she
is like with respect to VBACs and doulas, but she seemed to
really know what she was doing and made me feel calm in a
I checked the posts, but the only reviews on Dr. Blumenstock
are from 1998. I am 8 months pregnant and my OB is one week
ahead of me so chances are she won't be able to deliver me.
For my next appointment she wants me to see Dr. Blumenstock but
wanted to get other people's opinion on him or possibly another
recommendation for someone else in the OB/GYN Partners for
Health practice. I don't have any expectations as far as
having a natural birth or anything like that, would just like a
good outcome for me and my baby!
Don't know Dr. Blumentstock, but I would confidently recommend
Dr. Bill Isenberg in that practice. I know many woman switch
from OB to midwife, but I actually went from a poor experience
with a midwife (Baby #1) to a totally satisfied experience with
Dr. Bill on Baby #2. He's got a great personality and ''bedside
manner,'' is highly competent, and really believes that birth is
a normal process that does not necessarily need to be
Think Dr. Bill is great!
I have seen Dr. Hambrick at that practice for years. He
delivered my first two children, but unfortunately missed my
third because I delivered early and he was out of town. Dr.
Blumenstock delivered my third via c-section (first two were
sections as well). I was highly concerned about bad outcomes
and both were reassuring and skilled. I work in the medical
profession and felt they respected my concerns and wishes.Both
Drs. Blumenstock and Hambrick (both male)are wonderful as is Dr.
Gross (female). Good luck with your delivery!
Re: Smart Obgyn (June 2005)
Dr William Isenberg, located on Pill Hill in Oakland, is
fantastic, will spend time with you, take all questions
seriously, and never make you feel silly for asking something.
Not sure if he takes Healthnet or not. Office number is (510) 893
Everybody told me to go with Dr Goldee Gross but the wait is
too long for new patient almost 6 months!
I need somebody well experienced for a 40'ish pregnancy
Does Anybody know dr Christine Lee, ob gyn partner for health
in lafayette ?
Dr. Lee is my ob-gyn, and has delivered both of my babies. I
can't speak to her regarding 40ish pregnancies specifically,
but I am very happy with her care. She is professional, but
also very personable. A word of caution about the whole
office, though...they are REALLY busy, and be ready to wait for
appts. They try to deliver their own babies as much as
possible, so you might have to see someone else on an appt day
if they are unexpectadly at the hospital, or get re-scheduled
altogether. This is the case with the whole practice, not just
Chris. A great practice, though, and I think you will be happy
with your care there.
Christine Lee is my Ob/Gyn, although I see her in the Oakland
office. I didn't need an Ob until I got pregnant last year, and
I was given her name by my doctor. I really like her, and here's
She's young-ish, I'd say mid 30's. She just had a child herself
(my guess is that her kid is around 2 although I've never asked)
so I felt like she had some recent experience with what I was
about to go through. She's very knowledgable, she could answer
any question that I asked. If she didn't have information at her
fingertips, she'd get it for me. And I never felt like I was
taking up too much of her time by asking questions. She's
friendly and efficient too. She returns your phone calls. Best
of all, I think, she's very down to earth and practical.
All this being said, I think you should know a couple of other
things. Again, my experience is in the Oakland office, so
Layfette may be different. She tends to run behind, so that your
office visits never really happen on time. Also, while she'll
answer any question, I often felt like I needed to know what to
ask. If you go in armed with information, less will fall through
the cracks, but I was late in scheduling some routine
pregnancy-related tests because I simply didn't know to do it.
If you simply started asking, ''what do I need to do in the next
month?'' I think you'd cover your bases there.
Overall she's great and I'm going to miss her when my insurance
plan changes soon!
Christine Lee is a fantastic ObGyn.I work with her at Alta
Bates. She has great skills and is just a nice person. I am sure
you would be very happy with her as your doctor.
I had the same issue with Dr Goldee Gross. Heard great things
about her but so had every other woman in the Bay Area and the
wait list was/is too long! So I saw Dr Schleuning (nee
Groginsky). I ended up switching to
Jeri Zukoski (midwife) at the end of my pregnancy. She was
constantly late for prenatal appts even though I was her the
first appt at 9am.
On the other hand, since I left Dr Gross' practice, I've heard
great things about Dr Lee. 2 women I spoke to were very happy to
be her patient!
I would like to respond (although I'm a little late) about the
OBGYN practice in Lafayette and Dr. Schleuning. Dr. Schleuning
is my dr right now and I'm 31 weeks pregnant. I have found her
to be absolutely wonderful in regards to taking as much time as
necessary to answer questions or perform any tests she (and I)
feel necessary. She is late for appointments (I too go first
thing in the morning) but she's late because something held her
up at the hospital so it doesn't bother me. Everytime I've
called the office with a serious problem/question she has been
the one to call me back! The only thing that would prevent me
from recommending her for you is she is due with her first baby
in July and I'm not sure how long she will be on maternity
As far as the Lafayette office, it is much more relaxed and
less hectic as the Oakland office. It's a little further for
me, but less stressful than trying to get to Oakland during
Re: Seeking a More Personal ObGyn Practice
You don't name the practice you are with but I am a big fan of
OB/GYN partners for health in Oakland. Large practice but my
doc is excellent & does a pretty good job of ''remembering''.
Staff (nurses, front office, surgery scheduling) are all very
helpful & friendly. I think in the current healthcare situation
in this country most docs are overworked - perhaps part of the
reason why they don't remember patients.
Does anyone have any experiences/information regarding Dr. Hon
Fong at OB/GYN Partners For Health in Oakland?
I don't see Dr. Fong but have been a patient of OB GYN partners
for health for about two years and highly reccomend the
practice. They are efficent, very good with difficult
situations and good at letting you know when there is going to
be a wait. Dr. Isenberg is my doc & is excellent.
Re: ObGyn for High-risk pregnancy
I have a bleeding disorder which posed some possible
complications during my deliveries. Dr. Goldee Gross
(Oakland/Lafayette office) was amazing both during my pregnacies
and during the delivery of my 1st child. She was sooo thorough
and prepared for everything. My husband is a ''worrier'' and
after the birth he told how Goldee keep him informed about
concerns throughout the labor. She is always late for office
visits but once you have her in the room she is completely
attentive and focused on you and your baby. She was out of town
for my 2nd child's birth and Dr. Esinberg? (spelling?) from her
practice stepped in. He was great as well.
Hi, Dr. Elisabeth Groginsky at OBGYN Partners for Health has changed her last name to Schleuning.
Re: Hill Physicians Woman OB/GYN
I highly reccomend OB/GYN partners for health. there are a
couple of women OB's there & two midwives. I actually love my
doc there but he's the wrong gender.
Dr. Lee Hambrick is the best! He specializes in high risk preg.
and can assist you and spouse with proceedures and
recommendations in getting pregnant... worked for us! Besides
his bedside manner is warm and generous as is he. And he made my
delivery exactly what I wanted.
Goldee Gross is part of Hill Physicians. Her office is in
Oakland She has been my ob/gyn for years and delivered my last
two kids. Goldee is smart and caring and speaks truthfully and
clearly about various risks/options cocerning any condition you
may have. I am not sure what you mean by progressive, but she
was open to and has respected my wishes during child birth. Her
office is on Hawthorne, just off of Broadway. The number of her
office is 893-1700.
I have an incredible OB - Dr. Bill Isenberg. Have not gotten
to delivery yet but he has been wonderful in dealing with
complicated, emotional issues and tricky procedures that not
too many docs do. I cannot reccomend him highly enough.
Dr. Groginsky was my OB/GYN when I had my daughter
about a year ago. My prenatal and labor/delivery
experiences were very positive, and I know that had a lot to
do with the care we received from Dr. Groginsky. It was
evident to me throughout that she loves what she does and I
appreciated how she took time to listen well and answer my
questions. Our baby was born on a Sunday, and when she
came in to the hospital to deliver our daughter (she was
NOT on call), she said, ''I can't imagine anything else I'd
rather be doing on a Sunday afternoon.'' She was warm,
encouraging, and competent throughout the delivery, and
after it was all said and done, my husband and I felt
tremendously grateful for her care and support. We were so
sad to say goodbye to her when we had to change
insurance providers once I stopped working. We would
definitely choose her again if we had the choice. Best of
luck to you!
Dr. Groginsky has been my doctor for 2 ''high-risk'' pregnancies
and I simply adore her. In my first pregnancy she very early on
noticed that my cervix was not completely closed and made a note
of it to check at the 20 week ultrasound (all this unbeknownst to
me at the time). At the ultrasound we found out I was already 1
cm dilated and needed to immediately get home and be on bedrest
until I hit week 28-30. I was devastated (as I'm extremely
active) and the remainder of my pregnancy was very trying, as I
was frustrated, scared out of my mind I'd lose my baby and angry.
She did a cerclage and I eventually got more freedom and did
not deliver until three days before my due date. Dr. Groginsky
was cautious, but not overly paranoid and very supportive. If it
had not been for her foresight, I may have had a premature
delivery, which is how most women find out they have an
incompetent cervix. Dr. Groginsky responded to my phone calls
personally, is always level-headed and despite her tender age is,
I think, an excellent doctor of the highest caliber.
When I was pregnant with my second child, she did a preventative
cerclage. At first I got more freedom, but at 20 weeks, even
with the cerclage I was ''funneling.'' The perinatologist
recommended strict (flat on my back) bedrest, which with a
toddler was extremely daunting. Dr. Groginsky--knowing my
history--told me I could do modified bedrest and the rest of my
pregnancy (despite weekly ultrasounds) proceeded without
problems. I delivered 3 weeks early, but after my cerclage was
I have never had a better doctor than Elisabeth Groginsky. We
are not planning any more children, but I will miss my close
contact with Dr. Groginsky. I compare all my other doctors with
her and they all come up wanting. Not every doctor can catch
everything every time and since your baby is fine, I would urge
you to give her another chance.
Loyal Patient of Dr. Groginsky's
I'm considering having Dr. Goldee Gross for our OB/GYN (first
baby). I've read the posts on the website but am wondering if
anyone has feedback on experiences with her? We're considering
her or a Certified Nurse Midwife.
Dr. Gross delivered both of my children, and I thought she was
terrific. I definately felt a part of all the decisions that
were made during pregnancy and labor, and my deliveries were not
that easy. I would highly recommend her.
Mom of 2
Goldee Gross was my doctor for my second and third pregnancies,
and I absolutely love her! She is very attentive, interested in
you as a person, spends a lot of time talking and discussing
things with you, and really knows her stuff. I had a few glitches
with each pregnancy, and she not only figured out what was going
on, she dealt with each issue in a very calm and respectful way.
She is very smart, up on current research, and overall an absolute
wonderwoman. I only have one suggestion: Since she does spend a
lot of time with each person, make your appointments in the
morning, because as the day goes on, she does tend to run behind
schedule. I adore her, and recommend her 100%. If she accepting
new patients, I would snatch her up in a second!
Goldee delivered my 2nd son in 2001 and I love her! She is
really great; attentive, compassionate and patient. The
downside is a lot of people agree with me so she is really
busy. I found that I needed to set aside at least an hour for
every appt (although I usually had mine at the end of the day so
that could've been part of it). I trust her completely and
despite being so busy, she's never made me feel rushed. Another
downside is she never called me back when I had questions,
always a nurse (and not always on the same day). Goldee is a
remarkable person, but since it is your first baby you may want
to go with a midwife who may be more available to you. I liked
Laura Hooper, a midwife in Goldee's office.
Goldee is wonderful! She's a patient, thoughtful, and
considerate doctor who never hesitates to spend as much as time
as needed to solve a problem or answer a question. The downside
is, of course, that she's always late as a result, and always
much in demand. I have been a devoted patient of a colleague of
her for nearly 20 years; when he's not available, Goldee's the
only one for me.
I saw Dr. Gross a few times for a pregnancy that ended early.
Yes, she is friendly & personable & thorough. On the downside,
she tends to run late (very) and I am not even sure she is
accepting patients. I needed to be flexible to schedule my
appointments with her. Laura Hooper is very nice (one of the
midwives) and runs on time. I felt like she might be too
casual for me (first pregnancy) but did like her -- all new OB
patients meet with her first. Overall I would reccomend the
practice and plan to return once I get pregnant again. I
really liked the combo of OB's and Midwives (there are two but
I only met one).
Goldee Gross is wonderful - I adore her. She was the lead OB for
my very scary c-section a few months ago and I am very happy to
have her as my doctor. HOWEVER -- because Goldee is such a
caring, diligent, and topnotch doctor, it is very difficult to
get in to see her.
The front staff chronically over-schedule her - one time I was in
with five other people waiting to see her. Over the last year
(~20 visits) I averaged over an hour wait per visit even though I
called to see how late she was running. The upside is that she
takes time with each person.
In short, Goldee's smart, capable, warm, and overbooked.
Dr. Goldee Gross delivered my first son and will be delivering
my second child. I can't say enough about how wonderful she
is. She always gives you as much time as you need at each
appointment. Answering any questions you have without making
you feel hurried or silly.
She was great in the delivery room. Dr. Gross was not on call
the night I was in labor but came in a 5 in the morning to
personally deliver my son. She was great at helping me direct
my pushing which made it almost easy.
At one point my son's heartrate dropped a bit but she calmly had
me try different positions while pushing which was all that was
I highly recommend her.
Goldie is currently my GYN and she was my OB until I switched to
a certified nurse midwife and delivered at the Birth Home with
Beah Haber. I think Goldie is a good doctor but I was very
unhappy with her and her office for prenatal care. She is always
in a hurry, she is quite conventional in her attitudes toward
alternative medicine, she cautioned me not to put together a
birth plan because she thought it would turn off the hospital
nurses, and in general, I think our philosophies about birth
were really different. Her midwife, Laura Hooper was not much
better. I was invited to attend a meeting where I would meet the
other 5 or so doctors in her practice because any one of them
could be the doctor that delivered my baby if Goldie wasn't
available. I didn't like the feel of that. The worst thing that
happened was that I noticed a growth in my abdomen (that was not
the baby itself), and rather than physically examining me, she
told me that it was just my large intestine and that there must
be feces filling that part of the intestine. I later discovered
during my ultrasound I had a huge uterine tumor.
Now, I'm not sure that my complaints about Goldie are
necessarily specific to her or would be something that you would
encounter with any traditional OB working in a hospital setting,
so take my comments with grain of salt. It turned out that a
hospital setting was NOT the right place for me to give birth.
Ironically, I still have her as my GYN. I don't think my needs
for a GYN are as high as for my pregnancy. Pregnancy, especially
a woman's first pregnancy, is a very different circumstance, I
think. By the way, Goldie's patients really love her, at least
from what I could tell by talking with people in the waiting
I have a friend who went to Goldee for extreme endometriosis. She
*adores* her and highly recommends her for any OB/Gyn needs.
I'm looking for recommendations / comments / feedback on Dr.
Elisabeth Groginsky, at Ob Gyn Partners for Health Med. Grp. I
looked at the website, and would like more recent comments /
recommendations. In particular, if anyone who has used her has
had fertility challenges, I would like to hear about it - and
also, if any lesbians and/or single moms have seen her or others
in her practice and have comments about the ''gay-friendliess''
and ''single mom-friendliness'' of the practice. Thank you!
I am a lesbian mom and used Kristienne McFarland as my midwife
at this practice. She was great, although on maternity leave
for another month. Dr. Groginsky delivered our baby bec. it was
a C-Section. She was very competent although not very warm.
best of luck.
I cannot speak to Dr. Groginsky's friendliness to lesbians or
single moms since I am married, however I can highly recommend
her as a ob/gyn. She delivered my daughter and I had a very
difficult labor. It was 12 hours, I had back labor and
ultimately had to have a C-section. She was great during the
whole process. She came in and out often to check on me and was
there during most of the pushing phase. Another thing I
appreciated about her was that my first pregnancy ended in a
miscarriage and during my second pregancy she knew I was
worried and told me I could come in any time if I wanted to
hear the baby's heartbeat.
I am interested in any current opinions of Dr. Hambrick as an
Dr. Hambrick delivered my son who is now 2 1/2 years old, and I
am currently seeing him for the birth of my 2nd due in May. I
think he is great. He has a really freindly and easygoing
manner. He did a great job with my birth. He totally respected
my birth plan and reminded me (with a look in the eye and smile)
when he showed up in the hospital that I had requested no drugs
and minimal intervention if possible, so he wasn't going to
offer unless I asked, or medically necessary, which I thought
was good. It worked too! He did a great job with massaging my
cervix so to dialate faster and minimize tearing. I also had a
doula, who he welcomed and respected. He also managed to call
ahead to Summit and reserve the primo labor room with the
jacuzzi, which supposedely is very hard to get! My doula even
recommends him to clients now because of our expereince with
him. I hope it goes as well the 2nd time around!
I see gyno Dr. Elizabeth Groginsky, who is part of Hill
Physician's, and I like her a lot too, for about the same
reasons as Dr. Dalton (amiable,
professional and caring.)
I am searching for a new OB/GYN in Oakland. My former Doctor,
Dr. Kashkin, is now only working one day a week. I read the
recommendations on the website about OB/GYN Partners for Health
but am specifically interested in any feedback on Dr. Isenburg.
I too am a former patient of Dr. Kashkin's (she was my doc for 20
years!) and was really disppointed when she went to one day a
week and I found out I was pregnant! I know you are looking for
feedback on Dr. Isenburg, and I'm not using him, but having been
in the same position as you, wanted to tell you about the other
doctor in her group I am using. She recommended that I see Dr.
Lee Hambrick. I had some reservations about having a male OB/GYN
but have been very happy with him. He ended up caring for me
through my second pregnancy and delivered my daughter, and I will
continue to use him as my OB/GYN. I found Dr. Hambrick to be very
personable, always running on time (which was the opposite of
what I experienced with Dr. Kashkin) and never in a hurry. He
always had time to talk (again, with Dr. Kashkin I always felt
she was in a hurry). He did push me to be induced when my
daughter was a week late (she ended up coming out on her own
time!) but it was done gently and not in patronizing manner at
all. And he was very patient with my 3 year old daughter who
came to just about every appointment!
I've also heard good things about Dr. Isenburg, and I'm sure
you'll be in good hands with anyone in that office. But there is
my two cents about Dr. Hambrick!
I see Dr. Goldee Gross who is a partner of Dr. Isenburg's.
However, I did see Dr. Isenburg when I started bleeding at
about 10 or 11 weeks pregnant. He was wonderful. Of course I
was terrified and he was kind, patient and explained everything
thoroughly. I was fortuate enough to have Goldee deliver my
baby, but if it had not been her, I really wanted it to be Dr.
I was referred to Dr Isenberg (think that is the spelling) for
infertility. He was very friendly and reassuring at first.
However I had a bad reaction to the treatment he tried
(clomid) and I felt he did not monitor me carefully enough.
When I had follow up questions I had to make an
appointment and he was not very sympathetic to my
situation. Instead he seemed to feel that there was not a big
problem, kind of a ''just relax'' attitude which I did not find
very helpful. In the end I went to see Dr. Susan Willman (RE,
who specializes in infertility) who was the opposite in terms
of monitoring and excellent communication. Of course Dr
Isenberg might be great as an ob/gyn but for infertility I
would not recommend him.
Dr. william Isenberg is my ob/gyn for my current pregnancy. I
switched to him when i was 4 months pregnant, and I wish i have
done that earlier. He is close to a midwife in the way he
practices obstetrics. He is gentle and caring, always on time,
and delivers his patients himself. always patient, understanding
and takes the time to answer each question you have. His
assistant Dianne is wonderful and pleasant. she will make you
feel comfortable and will encourage you to call if you want ot
be seen even if you dont have a scheduled appointment.
If you have any doubts, you can go for a consultation, talk to
him about your expectations, and see if you can work together.
best of luck.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about that man. He is
impressively current medically, willing to listen to and able to
meet the individual needs of his patients, and genuinely very
warm and caring. He always made time to answer all of my
(gazillion) questions, and he personally returned nearly all of
my calls. Dr. Isenberg rightfully takes pride in having delivered
nearly 100% of his patient's babies himself-- a record I can't
imagine anyone in the Bay Area could match.
Dr. Isenberg supported my desire for a home delivery with a
midwife to the bitter end by performing my complicated delivery
which ultimately involved a hospital transfer late in labor. At
that stressful time, my midwives were extremely impressed by his
respectfulness towards them, his continued focus on my desire for
natural childbirth, and his successful efforts at enabling me to
deliver my baby naturally and without a stitch or tear. My
midwives (and he) agreed that most doctors would have done a
C-section on me the minute I walked in the door.
I feel blessed to have found Dr. Isenberg to guide me through my
pregnancy, delivery, and my ongoing gynecological needs. He is
the East Bay's secret treasure; meet with him and you will see
that you cannot do better than to have Dr. Isenberg as your
When my first child was born 2 years ago, we ended up at
Summit with the Dr. on call, Dr. Isenberg. As we had
planned to have a home birth, we were disappointed to be
at the hospital. However, we ended up having a very good
experience with him in this situation. I had hoped to deliver
with no interventions, and was able to do so with the
exception of one monitoring dictated by hospital policy . I
am now working with him on my second pregnancy (even
though he knows I am planning another home birth.) He's a
nice guy and a progressive doctor. He isn't hung up on
doing every test if they are not warranted. His practice also
has 2 midwives whom patients can utilize, and I've heard
good things about one of them, Laura Hooper (the other
midwife is newer, and I haven't met her.) As far as my
experience with their office, they seem to be organized and
courteous, and I have usually been seen without an
excessive wait (and I get end-of-day appointments, when
things are more likely to be backed up.) I can't say that I'm
ever thrilled to visit my Ob/Gyn, but I will be sticking with Bill
Isenberg for my care in the future.
I cannot speak highly enough about Dr. Isenburg in Oakland. He
is an incredible doctor. He is head of the birthing unit at
Summit Hospital. We were actually using a midwife throughout
our pregnancy and hoping to do a home birth, but because of
complications, we ended up in the hospital for our birth. Our
midwife was there, and her energy was impatient, scolding, and
even rude at times. We were so disappointed in her. Dr.
Isenburg appeared and rubbed my back for a long time, giving me
soothing visualizations that helped my fears and pain in labor
enormously. I was able to deliver naturally, which was important
to us. He actually had real tears in his eyes when our baby girl
came out! He is full of heart as well as his extensive
knowledge about medicine. He was consistently on time for
appointments, and always patient with my zillions of new mother
questions. We regard him so highly, and I feel that his
patients are truly lucky to have such a wonderful human being
inside of a wonderful doctor.
I recommend Dr. Bill Isenberg 150%!! I have been a doula for over 12 years and
he is my favorite ob. I have attended several births with him and find him to be
very compassionate, understanding, and respecting of what the birthing
woman/couple want as far as their birth is concerned. I have heard nurses
describe him as ''midwife like'', and they are absolutely correct. (I even had one
couple I was working with switch from a midwife to him) He attends most of his
births, so you have a good chance of having him there and not an oncall doctor. He
is the head of ob/gyn at Summit and is very knowledgeable. If you are looking for
him as a gynecologist - I also give my endorsement. He is my own personal
gynecologist that I chose several years ago when my doctor retired from
practice. In my opinion, he is the best!.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me
There are recommendations for a lot of the doctors at OB/GYN
Partners for Health, but none for Dr. Elisabeth Groginsky. Can you
give me some recommendations for her, good or bad?
I have seen Dr. G. two times, for the ''yearly''. So, while I
cannot recommend her as an OB, as I have not had that experience
with her, I can recommend her as a caring, informed gyno. Both
times I saw her she spent time with me, willing to talk about
anything I wanted to. I've never felt rushed and feel she's
really there for me. I would also recommend seeing her at the
Lafayette office over the Oakland one if possible; the Oakland
office is much more busy (chaotic) than her Lafayette office.
Hope it helps, thx
I don't know if you can say this is a ''recommendation'' for Dr.
Groginsky. Dr. Hambrick with OB/GYN Partners for health was my
OB during my pregnacy (my daughter is 2 now), but when I went
into labor, he was unavailable so Dr. Groginsky delivered. This
was my first time giving birth so I don't have anything to
compare to, but I didn't have any problem with her. Actually, I
guess I could say that she helped me avoid a C-section when my
baby's heart rate dropped due to lack of oxygen. She and the
nurse were also very helpful when it came time to push by
describing ''how'' to do it. So I don't know what she's like
throughout a pregnancy, but she seemed fine in the delivery
room. I would DEFINITELY highly recommend Dr. Hambrick. His
sublte, southern manner took a little getting used to for me,
but he was great.
Hope this helps.
Dr. Groginsky was not my O.B., but she was on call when I went
into labor, and she ended up delivering my baby. She was very
nice, easy going, and seemed very professional. All of the
doctor's in that group seem great.
When I was looking for a female OB/GYN all the ones that were
recommended to me were not taking new patients. I thought I was
having a miscarriage so I needed to see someone immediately.
Well Dr. Groginsky was taking new patients so I went to see
her and had a very bad experience with her. She had me take a
pregnancy test to determine whether I really was pregnant. The
nurse knocked, she opened the door, the nurse showed her the
test result, she looked at it and she closed the door. She then
just kept talking and didn't tell me what the result was. So I
had to stop and ask her and she confirmed that it was positive.
So at this point I'm hysterical because I was heavily bleeding
so I was sure I was having a miscarriage. She said she would
check me to see exactly what was going on. So she leaves the
room. She was gone for a very long time and I was just getting
more hysterical. When she finally returned she tells me that
the test was actually negative. She then immediately proceeded
to blame this completely on the nurse and then later insisted
that I was never pregnant to begin with.
After this experience I've been getting my OB/GYN medical needs
met via midwifery care. Including the birth of my baby at home.
Try Dr. Bill Isenberg. In addition to being an OB/GYN, he
is head of Obstetrics at Summit Hospital in Oakland. My
wife has been very happy with him and we were both very
happy with the way he handled the birth of our daughter 20
months ago. His approach to birthing is much more like a
midwife than one would expect from an OB / GYN. He's just a
fantastic Dr. and a really good guy. You can reach his Oak
office at: (510) 893-1700.
Try Goldee Gross at OB/GYN Partners for Health. Might be a
bit out of your way. Her office is located next to Summit
Hospital. She is great, absolutely worth the drive.
Understanding, practical, friendly. The office staff are
also wonderful. There are seven doctors total, although
not all of them are women (about half and half). She
delivered both of my children (and I mean Goldee). Goldee
went to great efforts to make sure she was the one
delivering my children.
regarding recurrent miscarriages ...
We love or OB/GYN practice, OB/GYN Partners for Health in Oakland, and Lafayette, too. I had one miscarriage and spotting with my next pregnancy. I felt very well informed and cared for by all there, including the front desk staff! They are all reproductive endroconologists so many of their pregnancies are "high risk." We needed assistance concieveing and felt in control of the process, while being guided by highly informed doctors.
We started with Dr. Blumenstock, a man, who I believe is currently on sabbatical. Then we switched to Dr. Isenburg, also a man. When my pregnancy was out of the "danger zone." We chose to work with nurse-midwife Laura Hooper who delivered our baby at Summit.
Many people rave of Goldie Grosse, M.D., but she was not accepting new patients when we started there. I could not speak more highly of this practice. They are located across the street from Summit in Oakland. Their number is 510-893-1700. The woman running the front desk is named Beth and she would happily match you up with the most appropriate
doctor if you explain what you are looking for. Best of Luck,
I would like to recommend Lee Hambrick of OB/GYN Partners for Health. He
is in the same practice as Ed Blumenstock. I started going to him 3 years
ago, long before my husband and I started thinking about kids. When we got
pregnant in December and heard that Alta Bates might be a better place to
deliver than Summit, we made an appointment with Amy Huibonhoa. I would
join others in saying she seemed great. However, when we approached Dr.
Hambrick to tell him we were switching so we could delvier at Alta Bates he
immediately agreed to remain my OB/GYN and deliver at Alta Bates. We had
been very happy with him up until then and were thrilled that he would do
that. He also told us in our first meeting that he personally delivers 75
percent of his patients.
I should add I had experienced some early signs of miscarriage and that Dr
Hambrick responded to that crisis very well. He was not an alarmist, but
made sure we came in every week and then every two weeks for the first
trimester for ultrasounds. He answered our questions honestly, and made
both me and my husband feel comfortable. His assistant Diane is amazaingly
warm as well. I'll never forget her squeezing my hand and expression of
delight when, after another bout of spotting, the ultrasound still showed a
viable fetus. Finally, in our childbirth prepapration classes, we heard
other parents lamenting that their visits always went so quickly that they
always forgot their questions. Dr. Hambrick always comes into the room and
sits down and chats with us before doing anything. We always feel like we
could take an hour if we needed it and we never feel like he is rushing to
see the next patient no matter what time of day we are there. I cannot yet
comment on the delivery, as I am due tomorrow, but I have been very happy
these past 3 years and especially these past nine months.
I highly recommend Dr. Ed Blumenstock (365 Hawthorne Avenue,
Oakland, 510-893-1700) for pregnancy-problem matters.
While "individual results may vary," were it not for Dr.
Blumenstock's sensitivity, humility and skill, my husband and I would not
know the joy that today is our 2.5 yr. old daughter (literally).
Because of his gentle, inclusive manner, we decided to take one
final step on the painful road of infertility treatments, and that was the
one that worked. Glory Hallelujah!
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