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I am two monthes pregnant and am searching for a midwife. I want to
give birth in a
hospital in San Francisco. I visited St. Lukes and loved the
attitude there. I have heard
that UCSF and CPMC are so short on midwives, that you aren't
guarenteed to have one
present for delivery. Is this true? Does anyone have
recommendations for an
independent midwifery group that would be able to deliver at UCSF
or CPMC? Anyone
with an experience at St. Lukes to share?
I saw the post regarding delivery experience at St. Luke's. My experience was
definitely mixed. I delivered my son there in June of 2004. My Dr., whom I'd seen
for the entire pregnancy was supposed to be on call that time, and even though we
called ahead to give them notice we were coming out, she did not show up. She
didn't come by to check on us once during the entire week we were in the
hospital. My son had some respiatory issues which required us to be there the
entire week. The other negative issue was that because I was strep B +, I needed
to have an IV for at least 4 hours before the birth. My labor went quickly, but
there was at least 5 hrs to get the IV working. They couldn't get the right
antibiotic in L & D several hours and I only had it for about 45 min. The
hosptial had plenty of notice that we needed it as it was written all over my
chart. We will never know if that was why my son had the respiatory problems or
not. That being said, the Dr. who delivered my son was an on call dr. from UCSF,
Dr. Koi. He was excellent and allowed us a lot of freedom- he checked in 2x to
meet me, see how things were going, and then came in at the end for the actual
delivery. Because my husband was at the foot of the table, he didn't make us move
and manuevered over my husband to catch the baby. The staff, although initially
reactive to my doula, warmed up to her pretty quickly. They also stopped pushing
the sedatives when they realized I didn't want them and the labor was proceeding
quickly. They left us pretty much on our own except for checkin in and at the
very end during the delivery. The other nice thing was that although they were
packed with other new moms, and my insurance only covered 2 days of rooming, they
allowed me to stay in the hospital with my son for the entire week, without
billing us for the stay. They did cut off meals after day two, but that was not a
big deal. So, my advice is that if you have a fairly uncomplicated pregnancy, and
you are not choosy about who delivers your baby, this might be the place for you.
Having your own doula or advocate is also a major plus. I am now 8.5 mos.
pregnant with number 2, and am going to deliver at Alta Bates this time.
Different OB too. We are using the same doula. Good luck! St. Luke's the 1st
Time, not the 2d!
My daughter was born at St Lukes and the midwives there were incredible. I was
supposed to have a home birth but developed preeclampsia at 35 weeks and had to
be induced. So, I had not expected to have my baby at St. Lukes, had never been
to the L&D there (my back up hospital was somewhere else), knew no one. Every
midwife and nurse treated me with the utmost respect, were warm, informative, and
attentive. My attending midwife was Laura Pioletti, although I would recommend
anyone. One of my homebirth midwives became my labor doula in the hospital and
the staff gave her a lot of respect and latitude as well. My postpartum
experience was not as good, but that was largely related to some shifts they were
making in postnatal care at the time,and a pediatrician who was condescending
toward us because of our desire to have a homebirth. Dr. Michael Treece is a
pediatrician there who I can recommend if anything goes wrong after the birth (my
daughter developed jaundice and had to stay extra days).
I'm having a home birth but my midwife mentioned that if we
need to transfer to a hospital, St. Luke's is the best place
for a midwife friendly hospital. One thing that stands out
there is that while at UCSF you'll have a team of doctors and
residents (and hopefully a staff midwife) at the delivery, at
St Luke's it is a much more ''intimate'' setting. You won't be
on display with a large group of medical staff coming and
going. Though I don't have a midwife there to recommend, the
hospital is well-regarded by one of the most experienced home
birth midwives in SF.
Warm, knowledgeable, comforting, experienced, loving,
dedicated, amazing…just a few of the words that come to mind
when I think about my experience with Homestyle Midwifery.
Thanks to the wonderful women at Homestyle the birth of my
daughter Isabel is one of the most wonderful experiences of my
life. Homestyle helped me experience my pregnancy, my
daughter’s birth, and my post-partum period in a very deep,
natural, and spiritual way that I do not believe I could have
come close to achieving without them. From the very start they
took the time to learn who I was and to know my ''story''... They
helped educate me throughout my pregnancy and they were an
active part of the process for the months leading up to my
daughter's birth. I believe one of the most important things in
having a happy & healthy birth experience is being comfortable
with those around you and having trust & faith in your body,
your baby, and your caregivers - Homestyle helped me achieve
all of that. With their help and some smiles from the heaven
above my daughter was born in a little under 6 hours with no
medication and one tiny tear. No sooner was Isabel born than
she was on my chest learning to breast feed with the
encouragement of us all. The hospital staff was friendly and
efficient and I felt great. I can not say enough wonderful
things about Homestyle. They are all truly amazing and I feel
blessed to have found them.
When I first started thinking about where we’d have our baby, I had a few
strong requirements: I wanted to labor at home for as long as possible; I
birthing place to be comfortable; I wanted my pregnancy and birth to be
the natural event it was and not like an illness; and I wanted to know the
who would be catching our baby.
All of these wishes were met when we joined Homestyle Midwifery at St.
husband and I were elated with and grateful for the professional and
prenatal care we received. We found the group meetings supportive and warm,
which helped the anxiety we felt as expectant parents. And most important,
midwife created a medically safe, yet nurturing and non-clinical environment,
finally greet our baby. She was our guide and our advocate, and helped give
strength required do the work of giving birth.
We feel incredibly lucky to have found Homestyle Midwifery. And the highest
compliment we can give is – we’d love for them to deliver our next baby!
I recently gave birth with a midwifery practice at St. Luke's --
Homestyle Midwifery. They are a separate practice backed up by
OBs at the Women's Health Center there. Homestyle Midwifery is
really a unique and amazing practice. They provide wonderful
emotional and physical support (long prenatal visits, a 36 week
team meeting with all the midwives, your partner and doula,
prenatal group meetings, a postpartum home visit, labor tub,
birthing stool, and more). They will also not use unnecessary
interventions which are routine in so many practices.
I was at UCSF for a while, and the midwives seemed really good,
but I found the practice too big and impersonal. I researched
CPMC, and the gist of what I heard is that they are a pretty
high-intervention practice wirh a high cesarean rate, so I did
not follow up with them.
Homestyle Midwifery: (415) 643-3378, email@example.com,
After a long search and comparisons of different hospitals, I'm thinking of delivering
my first child at St. Luke's hospital in San Francisco with a midwife, Yeshi Neumann
-- especially since I'd like to have an intervention-free birth, with no drugs, if at all
Does anyone have experience at this hospital or with this midwife? Any and all
thoughts and comments would be much appreciated!
i just gave birth at st. luke's in december. it was wonderful!
i had planned a home birth, but had to transfer (meconium in my
waters). liz steinfield was the midwife i had. she was great.
but, i've heard good things about yeshi. i had an
intervention-free, drug-free birth, except for the fetal monitor.
my home midwives always go to st. luke's when possible if
needed. we left 7 hours after our baby was born! they were
awesome!!! you can call for more info. 510.625.1687
My partner and I live in Alameda, but had our first (and only) child at St. Luke's in Sf
because our doctor, Dr. Laura Norell, is based there. She is AMAZINg, and St. Luke's
was wonderful. Dr. Norell happened to be on call when my partner went into labor
and helped deliver the baby even though the midwives at St. Luke's primarily deliver
the babies. We had a birth doula as well 9separate from St. luke's). Very supportive
team, great midwives, nurses, and doctors! they are not very invasive, and use the
minimum of intervention if you do opt for drugs, etc. Very communicative. We had a
wonderful experience. They also letr you have the baby right away, and the baby can
stay with you or go in the nursery. Some hospitals take the baby and make them
stay in the nursery! Feef free to contact us for more info.
My wife and I had a great experience at St. Lukes, using Yeshi
Neuman's midwifery services. Our goal was for natural
childbirth. That goal was respected by the hospital staff. We
are convinced that the hiring of Yeshi (her backup Nancy Myrick
actually delivered our son) and under the additional care of Dr.
Norrell, the midwives, and nurses at St. Luke's my wife avoided
a c-section (a long story). No pain meds were used and the
complement of Yeshi's practice and the OB/GYN's at St. Luke's
was outstanding in our case. I can not speak highly enough
about Yeshi, Nancy, and Dr. Laura Norrell. We plan to have our
second child at St. Luke's. Please feel free to email us if you
would like a more detailed recommendation.
I delivered at St. Luke's in 6/03. My OBs were excellent and they treated my
doula well even though they didn't know her. I was with St. Luke's Women's center,
Dr. Bourgault and Dr. Nichols. I had a natural birth, with no drugs, despite having
had pre eclampsia. From 25-39 weeks I had to take non-stress tests 2-3x week and
see them every week in addition to the testing. While I was pregnant the OB's were
always prompt, encouraging and happy to see me. They also helped me to stay
intervention/ drug free during the pregnancy by keeping track of my lab results.
During the labor (6 hrs.) it was mainly me, my husband and our doula with an RN
peeking in and looking at the heart rate monitor every once and a while. The Dr.
who delivered my son was on call. I had never met him before, but he was
awesome. His name was Dr. Kai, a specialist OB from UCSF.
We looked around before we decided to deliver at St. Luke's and finally decided
on St. Luke's because the hospital is small and we felt like we wouldn't get lost
there. We had to stay an extra week while my son was in the NICU, and the hospital
found us a single room until discharge. They made sure that we got to stay near our
baby even though the insurance only paid for my son's stay. I also thought that the
NICU staff did a great job. I got to see them work on a 24 hr. basis for 7 days and
they seemed to pay a lot of attention to and take care of the children and parents
coming through there.
Hope this helps a little bit.
A Happy St. Luke's Mommy & Baby
I have heard that this midwife is wonderful at St. Luke's.
But one year ago after a delayed
post partum hemhorrage in the ER - the ER doc did not call the
ob for 3 & 1/2 while I hemmhorraged away - NO INTERVENTIONS
were attempted until the ob finally got to me 5 hours later -
long story short, I almost died and now am unable to have any
They also told me that the way I was treated
was standard of care (!!!!!)
I attended a birth with Yeshi at St. Luke's last year. I was
totally and completely impressed with the way she and the
birthing Mom were treated by the staff there -- basically they
shut the door and left us completely alone! We set up a
birthing tub in the room, brought in our food and music, and
basically had a home birth in the hospital. The only time we
saw anyone from the hospital was when there was some meconium in
the water, so we had to call the pediatrician to come in to
watch the baby during and after the delivery. But they were
completely hands off and unobtrusive the entire time they were
there. I trained as a homebirth midwife, and my friend who was
birthing practiced as a homebirth midwife for mamy years in
another state. Having a homebirth was not an option for her for
several reasons (one of which was she was due on Christmas, so
several midwives wouldn't take her as a client!), and working
with Yeshi turned out to be an amazing and perfect situation.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
This is mention wonderful experience my wife and I recently had at St
Luke's Hospital with the birth of our baby daughter on March 14th. We
were so very impressed and comforted by the birthing facilities at St.
Luke's, and by the calming presence of all the nurses and
their experienced midwife, Yeshi Neumann.
We originally intended to deliver at UCSF hospital, and were well into
the second trimester of prenatal visits before deciding to switch to St.
Luke's. What prompted us to change was the prospect of having a
lhome stylen birth within a hospital setting. My wife felt she would do
better if she had a more personalized birthing team working with her
than what UCSF could offer. And that's exactly what we got: personal,
in-depth, comprehensive involvement, coupled with the security of state-
of-the-art medical resources on hand should the need arise. Unlike
UCSF, we knew who would be attending our birth. UCSF couldn't offer
this certainty. Plus, we didn't have to worry about a crowd of students
and residents in attendance. What St. Luke's also gave us was the
comforting, personal touch of Ms. Neumann, who - from our first prenatal
visit with her -- was never too busy to see us or return our calls. This
amazing woman impressed us more than any of the doctors we saw
prior to switching to St Luke's. Aside from her vast knowledge and great
skill, she hasn't lost site of the fact that truly effective healthcare is about
addressing the entire individual, not just the medical issue at hand. She
got to know us on a personal level, catering our birth plan to our
particular needs and wishes. The same goes for all the nurses on their
labor and delivery staff. They were very skilled, with amazing bedside
manner. We forgot we were in a hospital! If only all health care could be
the same! (Didn't it use to be?)
My wife and I are so very convinced that it is because of this personal
touch that the birth of our baby went so well. It allowed my wife to feel
safe and comfortable. The end result was a problem-free pregnancy
and record-time birth. We will recommend St. Luke's to everyone we
know planning to have a child in the future.
I live very close to St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco. Can
anyone recommend a pediatrician there? Any other comments, good
or bad, about St. Luke's Hospital? Thank you.
I recently met a pediatrician who works at St. Lukes who seems
like a really sharp guy, really open to alternatives and making
them available in the hospital (which impressed me), and
generally into providing really quality, thoughful care for his
patients. This doctors name is Michael Treece. I've also heard
good things from some of his patients. Also, most of the
doctors that I've met who work at St. Lukes are really happy
working there, which I also take as a good sign.
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