I have been practicing obstetrics in this area for over 16 years. My training in obstetrics took place at the busiest hospital in the country – Los Angeles County / USC Medical Center. Having patients show up to our unit with significant complications and no history of prenatal care was a common occurrence. Thankfully, my life here in the East Bay area seems much more routine compared to my residency days…Nevertheless, having had that kind of intensive training makes me feel calmer when dealing with typical as well as challenging obstetric situations.
When you come to my office for prenatal care, we usually begin with an ultrasound at 7-8 weeks. The purpose of the ultrasound is to make sure that the pregnancy is off to a good start – that the baby (or babies) is alive and well. Additionally, we would like to give you the very first picture for your child’s scrapbook. Following this visit, we will set up a schedule for future visits and give you a Prenatal Handbook specific to my office.
The vast majority of pregnancies are low risk. We will look at your current situation to assess whether you have a low or high-risk pregnancy, and whether or not your care should be co-managed or completely managed by a perinatologist. If deemed appropriate, we will schedule your visits alternately between one of my nurse practitioners (both of whom have extensive Labor & Delivery nursing experience) and me. Physicians routinely utilize Nurse practitioners in obstetrics and find that most patients appreciate the amount of time they have in answering routine questions. I have found them helpful also in situations where I must leave the office to attend to a patient on the labor unit (a fairly common experience in my profession, as babies are usually born according to their own timetable…).
I deliver babies exclusively at John Muir Medical Center because of its unbeatable quality. In addition to compassionate, skilled nursing care, an anesthesiologist, pediatrician, and an obstetrician are located within the hospital 24 hours a day. Additionally, the level 3 neonatal nursery can handle any unexpected problem a newborn may experience. Stated plainly, there is no safer hospital in the area.
Please look through the online version of the Prenatal Handbook to get an idea of my philosophy and practice of obstetrics.