Oakland vs WC Kaiser Labor and Delivery
I was planning on delivering at Kaiser Oakland for my first baby this summer. However when recently interviewing a doula, she informed me that if I go to Kaiser Oakland and choose to have a midwife over a physician, that means residents will be part of my care team. I would like to decline any involvement with residents in my delivery and would prefer an experienced midwife. The doula reported that if I select to have a midwife oversee the delivery that residents are learning from the midwives and would provide medical care should it be needed during a midwife supervised labor. I would of course have an OB/Gyn oversee my delivery if I become high risk or if there are complications but I do not want residents to be part of my care team. The doula indicated to me that if you opt to have a physician over a midwife than you can decline residents, but I wasn't aware I could choose having and OB over a midwife if you are low risk. I thought Kaiser would automatically assign me to a midwife if low risk. She also indicated that at labor and delivery at Kaiser Walnut Creek or San Leandro the midwife teams do not include residents. Does anyone have knowledge of this? And what is the best way to refuse any resident care at Kaiser Oakland? Can this be done in the birth plan?