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If you want access to the Breast Care Center at
UCSF, you need to pick a GYN at Mt. Zion.
I use Mindy Goldman, a GYN in the high risk breast cancer clinic in
the Women's Health Center and I've never, ever had a doctor take
better care of me. She calls with results, asks if I have any
questions, and takes her time with you. I can't say enough about
Re: Looking for an OBGYN in San Fran.
I highly recommend Dr. Robert Domush in SF. He helped me with some
gynecological problems during a very difficult time in my life and I can't
say enough good things about him. I commuted to SF to see him for several
years after I moved to the East Bay because I didn't trust anyone else with
my health (I finally found a great OB/GYN in Berkeley -- Dr. Amy Huibonhoa).
Dr. Domush is a genuinely good person with a very compassionate and
professional manner. I've referred friends to him in the past and everyone
loves him. He does not deliver babies (no OB) but focuses on other
gynecological issues. Here is his info:
Robert Domush, MD
UCSF Women's Health-Mount Zion Campus
2356 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
UCSF Women's Medical Group takes Brown & Toland (I think). Their doctor's
are great, and you have the UCSF network for ''big'' issues.
Re: Blue Shield OB GYN & a General Practitioner in SF
My OBGYN doctor was great and is a part of Brown and Toland. She delivered my
baby in 2005 and it wasn't an easy birth (3 hours of pushing that resulted in a
semi-emergency C-section). But she was fantastic. She is one woman out of a 3
woman practice. They are very down to earth, they are direct, and are not the
holding hand kind of doctors but more direct and to the point, which I preferred.
Her name is Dr. Dorothy Dube and her number is (415) 923-3128. Also, I would
highly recommend having your baby at CPMC - it was the best! Best staff and
I am looking for an ob/gyn or just plain gyn affiliated with
the Brown & Toland medical group at UCSF. I have looked in the
archive and found only doc. recommendations for people with
specific problems/concerns (fertility, complications during
pregnancy, etc.). I just need a smart doc., preferably a woman
(?), to do my well-woman exams and to follow up on a few post-
partum questions. It might be nice not to be thrust into a huge
baby machine, if possible. Thanks.
Just a doc
Any of the ob/gyn staff at UCSF Parnassus are great. I had my
child with Judith Bishop (midwife) who practices there but all
the midwives/NP's and doc's are wonderful.
My ob/gyn is Dr. Amy (Meg) Autry at UCSF Obstetrics &
Gynecology. Tel (415) 885-7788. She is located at the UCSF
Women's Health Center on Sutter Street. I've only seen her once
(I just transferred to Brown & Toland myself), but I really
liked her. She was cheerful and practical and actually took the
time to call me to give me the results of my test even though it
was negative. (Doctors never call me to give me good news, only
the bad.) FWIW.
The doctors in the UCSF Women's Medical Group are terrific. Check out their
website at http://www.ucsf.edu/whrc/index.html
I see Elena Gates (the chief of ob/gyn there); friends also recommend Dr Kamali. All
but one of the dr's in the practice is a woman, and there are also several nurse
practitioners and midwives on staff.
Happy UCSF patient
I had a fantastic experience giving birth at UCSF! I would
highly recommend it to anybody. The night I went into labor UCSF
had delivered more babies the day before than they had in
anybody's recent memory, but I had no idea. They just brought in
the extra people that they needed, I didn't feel rushed or
neglected, and I still had my own delivery and recovery room.
The only reason I knew about the baby boom was because they had
only one person doing the paperwork for the birth certificates
and she was running a bit behind.
I didn't have a single OB/GYN, but a whole bunch of UCSF
faculty. This was fine for me, but I believe you actually can
choose a single doc. All of the doctors and nurse/midwives were
really, really nice. The only complaint I have is that sometimes
they got backed up and I had to wait a really long time for
appointments. A couple of women that stood out for me were
Stephanie Mann (a doctor) and Sharon Wiener (a nurse midwife).
I am five months pregnant and desperately looking for a
recommendation for an OB-GYN who is open minded, flexible,
supportive of natural birth, and delivers most of his/her
client's babies personally. I have had very little luck so far
and feel quite frustrated. I live in San Francisco, so I need to
find someone who practices in the city. I have chosen to give
birth in a hospital in order to have medical care close at hand
in case of an emergency, but would ideally like to have a natural
birth with as few interventions as possible.
I am most grateful for any recommendations!
Per Sandberg and UCSF, or one of the other staff in the UCSF
ob/gyn office. I could give you my whole birth story, but the
short-ish version involves a high-risk pregnancy, a premature
birth, and a doctor and hospital switch midway to find someone
who would honor my desire to have as natural a birth as
possible given the circumstances. A lot of other things lined
up to make my son's birth special (like the two operating rooms
were taken that night by women who were, sadly, giving birth to
children even more premature than mine, which meant my best
friend and her partner, a midwife, could be in the room with
us), but the doctors, nurses, and residents were absolutely in
with the ''natural birth program,'' so to speak. the only issues
were with two older nurses who had different ideas (''i'm in
control here!'' one told me when i took my oppressive heart rate
monitor off so i could labor). Anyway, given all the factors,
the experience could have been so traumatic but i really felt i
was with people who honored the birth experience and weren't
afraid of it.
I am writing of the hospital more than the doctor, because the
hospital staff actually does affect your birth significantly.
We were left to labor by ourselves for a lot of the time. Also,
the nurses are very influential; don't go to a hospital where
you think they might only be giving lip service to natural
birthing. Then pick a doctor affiliated with the hospital you
I had my baby at UCSF and had very good support from my midwife
(Judith Bishop) and the rest of the staff. My labor lasted quite
a long time so i was actually lucky to have Judith at the time
of delivery, but i was very comfortable with the knowledge and
support from the rest of the staff in the ob/gyn group. The
nursing care there was absolutely wonderful. I labored a long
time at home and then went to UC to deliver. That worked best
for me. I would check with UCSF and see whether you are
interested in what they have to offer. They also offer a
library/information center called 'Great Expectations' that has
more information on doulas that work with UCSF deliveries.
Best wishes for a wonderful birth, Liz
Does anyone know of a good GYN in San Francisco. I live in the
East Bay but work in San Francisco and I am trying to find a GYN
in the city so that I can attend appointments more easily. I
have PPO insurance. I have seen a few recommendations for
Kaiser SF gyns, but very few others. I would prefer a female
doc, but gender is less important to be than knowledge, bedside
manners, etc. I am not currently pregnant so I only need to GYN
services rather than the OB for now, but I would like to find
someone who I can continue to use when I do become pregnant. (So
in that sense I would ideally want a doc who is progressive, pro-
midwife, low c-section rate, supportive of natural births,
Doc-less in SF
other rec: Pacific Gynecology and Bay Springs
I'd like to recommend Dr. Alison Jacoby at UCSF. I saw her when
I lived in SF and she was great. I don't know what she's like
with respect to pregnancy and childbirth, but I do think she is
progressive, and she was certainly knowledgeable and had a nice,
We've had very good experiences with UCSF's Women's Health
Center. Patty Robertson delivered our first baby, and was
simply wonderful; Nancy Millikan and Elena Gates also seem very
good. The downside is that it's a large group practice, and it
can be hard to get appointments with your preferred MD or NP, or
even to get through on the phone.
My RN/GYN is Carolyn Muir. She's in SF, on UCSF's Mount Zion
campus (Divis and Sutter). I started seeing her when she was
with the Bay Springs Women's Group, before they became a part of
UCSF. She had been my one and only doc until I got pregnant,
and needed an OB. She's usually available for appointments, and
is very good about giving call-backs when I need advice on any
issue. I've seen her for a variety of problems, not just
getting my annual pap. She's great - I HIGHLY recommend her!
Her office number is: 415-353-2223.
Re: Lesbian-friendly MDs:
If you are in need of an Ob/Gyn at UCSF, I highly recommend Patricia Robertson.
She is knowledgeable in her field, flexible in her approach, respectful of her
patients' autonomy and intelligence, and very attuned to the issues lesbian
women face in getting sensitive, appropriate, health care. (I believe she has
done research on the subject.) She's wonderful for straight women too. She was
very understanding of my reasons for wanting a homebirth with a midwife, and
willing to provide me prenatal care despite my intention ultimately to deliver
at home. When you're in her waiting room, it's fun to see how many of her
patients and their families walk out of her office smiling.
Tekoa King at UCSF Faculty Practice was absolutely fabulous. She made me
feel that no question was inappropriate and that she would take all the
time I needed. She handled my first pregnancy fears really well. I can't
give her enough compliments. Even though she didn't attend the birth, Pat
Robertson did and was quite different in style but we were comfortable
with her as well.
I'm tentatively scheduled to have a CVS at UCSF with Dr. Lynn McLean in
early March and need some information about her. I cannot find anything
on this doctor (in the BPN archives, on UCSF's website or on the
internet) and just want to hear about her from others who have had a CVS
with her. I think she's relatively new at UCSF, but I don't really know
since I cannot find anything about her. Thanks so much.
Older Momma with #2 on the way
I had a CVS at UCSF, with Dr. McLean, 2 days ago. It was a very positive
experience and I would highly recommend Dr. McClean. She was kind and
reassuring and did not do anything without first telling me what and why
she was going to do it. The procedure itself was quick and I felt I was in
very good hands the entire time. I hope you have a similarly good
Another Older Mama
Has anyone had a CVS done recently at UCSF? I'm having mine
done in a few weeks and I'm really nervous. I'll be about 12
1/2 weeks when I have the test. I'm going to be 40 when I
deliver this baby, so I want to do prenatal testing, but I've
heard good and scary things about the procedure. I would love
to hear about people's experiences at UCSF! Thanks!
We had a CVS done at UCSF maybe two years ago. Overall, it was
fine. The worst thing was probably that you have to drink a
whole lot of water before the procedure and you canít go to the
bathroom. It can get a little uncomfortable holding a full
bladder until the test is over. There was a little cramping
afterwards, but nothing out of the ordinary. There are two
ways to get a sample. For us they went through the abdomen.
They use a long needle to get the sample, so hopefully youíre
not too squeamish about that. Oh, and once the needle is in,
they do a little pumping action with the needle, almost like
they are trying to stab the sample with the end of the needle.
That was a little unexpected.
I've had both amnio (once) & cvs twice (both thru abdomen &
cervix). I found the trans-cervical cvs much easier than
amnio. The trans-abdomnial cvs was a bit more painful. I had
mine done with Dr. Goldberg at CPMC but I know women who have
had them at UCSF. I had good experiences at CPMC and would go
I had my CVS at UCSF with Dr. Mary Norton in February 2005. I'm
35, and I was 11 and 1/2 weeks pregnant. It was as positive an
experience as I could have possibly hoped for, and I highly
recommend their office. The office staff was great, the
ultrasound tech called my baby ''photogenic,'' and Dr. Norton was
reassuring and extremely competent. The actual procedure (mine
was transabdominal) was over very quickly with just a few seconds
of minimal cramping, and my recovery was easy. It was just not
that big of a deal; the worrying beforehand was far worse. Also,
the results came faster than I had expected, which was nice, and
they were a-okay, which was even nicer!
I had the CVS at UCSF with Mary Norton in April this year. It
was an altogether excellent medical experience. The staff were
very supportive and put us at ease with their enthusiasm over
the ultrasounds and their full explanations of what would
happen. The procedure itself was much less painful than I
imagined - it was over very quickly and was nowhere near worth
the nervous anticipation I had built up. They were very prompt
too with the follow-up call to let us know everything was OK.
If you want more detail, feel free to contact me direct:
I saw Mary Norton at UCSF in 2003. She performed a CVS for us.
We had had a bad experience in the past with an amnio. and were
SO happy with Dr Norton. She and her staff were totally
attentive to the sensitive nature of what they do. They all went
out of their way to make us feel comfortable, and I must say
that the procedure was not as uncomfortable as the previous one.
She was referred to me by my own OBGYN who also saw her for an
amnio. I would highly recommend her. Feel free to e-mail me
with any questions.
UCSF Medical Group at Mt. Parnassus. They are great, but may
be hard to get to, however the muni (N-Judah line) drops you
off right there, so it is not impossible.
some research, we learned that the top Dr. in the Bay area for CVS ( and
seemingly the top place too) was Dr. Mary Norton UCSF. Supposedly, Dr.
Norton learned from the Dr who brought CVS to teh Bay area. At UCSF, they did
approximately 30 a week (again this was over a year ago). We also learned
that they had a .5 % of problems (this includes miscarriage) compared to a
higher than 1% rate at EBPerinatal. Even though, this was our second baby, I
had miscarried prior to the birth of my first baby--so we were incredible
concerned about not causing a problem by getting a CVS.
Although we didn't get Dr. Mary Norton, we did get
Dr. Thomas Musci and he did a fine job. My husband & I were extremely
stressed out about the whole process but thought it would be better to know
as early as possible and from the place with the most experience . And though
it was more uncomfortable than a Pap smear (i got my CVS w/ a needle through
my stomach cause of how the placenta was lying), nothing can beat the feeling
of knowing 13 weeks in that I was having a perfectly healthy girl. Anyway,
hope this helps. good luck!
I don't have any e-mail for the person requesting info on amniocentesis
experience with the doctorsshe(presumably) listed in SF. But I do have
a very good recommendation to use UCSF for corionic villi sampling,
which is a little more specific and detailed of a test than amniocentesis.
UCSF has an excellent record with performing this test, with very few
miscarriages resulting from this test. Hope this helps.
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