UCSF v Alta Bates/Sutter v John Muir for childbirth
I delivered my first at Alta Bates. The L&D nurses were overall fantastic, but the facilities were not (nor were the nurses’ jobs as we heard over and over). My OB was at Sutter and I want to get out of the Sutter system for a variety of reasons - always late, practicing cookie cutter medicine, wrong diagnosis from the MFM team causing serious trauma in the third trimester, etc.
We are considering John Muir but have heard they are overall more interventive than Alta Bates. I’m over 40 and it’s an IVF pregnancy and MDs tend to like to intervene in such “geriatric” pregnancies despite that my first was no issues (other than the misdiagnosis).
UCSF seems to get the highest marks from folks who would probably tend to lean towards pure midwife care (like me) but can’t bc of age+IVF - great OBs, a Midwife practice, good facilities, Centering program, etc.
My question to the community who have gone to UCSF - in your experience, is it worth the commute from Richmond not for L&D but for the weekly (maybe daily) appointments at the end?