Seeking an ObGyn in the Bay Area

Parent Q&A

Gynecologist skilled in surgery Aug 31, 2021 (6 responses below)
Obgyn in Walnut Creek/ East Bay Area Jul 27, 2021 (3 responses below)
Gynecologist in Walnut Creek area? Jul 18, 2021 (1 responses below)
OB with great bedside manner who delivers at Alta Bates? Feb 2, 2021 (8 responses below)
OB/Gyn Recommendation in Walnut Creek or Lamorinda? Jan 6, 2021 (2 responses below)
Great East Bay obgyn/obstetrician at UCSF or John Muir Oct 27, 2020 (1 responses below)
Seeking gynecologist who deals with Bartholin cysts Nov 8, 2019 (1 responses below)
OB or midwife recommendations for Alta Bates delivery Mar 10, 2019 (12 responses below)
OBGYN recommendation after departure of Dr Kurt Wharton Sep 16, 2018 (2 responses below)
Moving to Berkeley 7 mos pregnant - seeking OB/GYN & Pediatrician Mar 20, 2018 (15 responses below)
Gynecologist Nov 20, 2017 (5 responses below)
Seeking recommendations on caring, competent Ob/gyn doctors Apr 29, 2017 (2 responses below)
Need a OBGYN! Dec 15, 2016 (3 responses below)
Looking for Kind and Compassionate Ob/Gyn MD, NP, or Midwife Nov 24, 2016 (3 responses below)
NEED GYN SURGEON, EAST BAY or UCSF Aug 31, 2016 (0 responses below)
  • Hello, I am looking for a midwife (CNM) or OB that can give prenatal care and do the delivery. Basically, I want to know the person who delivers my baby in advance, but I want to do that through my insurance, Aetna (specifically Stanford Health Care Alliance, but let's say Aetna to keep it simple). I don't really know how the health care system works here, but I understand there are at least some private practice OBs that do that at Alta Bates (I found Dr Liziano through BPN but she is not covered by my insurance). Any recommendations?

    I don't know anyone local OBs that can guarantee that in this area. Have you looked into getting a doula? That way you can guarantee that support person is in the room, no matter who your OB is. 

    I have SHCA and delivered my first baby with Dr. Yvette Gentry from East Bay Women's Health at Alta Bates and will be delivering my second with her as well very soon.  She has a private practice and as I understand it, delivers most of the babies, although does work with a network of doctors if she is unavailable so its definitely not guaranteed.  There was another OB in her practice who is leaving, so I know they might have limited capacity right now.  Feel free to message me if you'd like to discuss more.

    Hi!  I also have Aetna through SHCA and am using the team at Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation on 2500 Milvia in Berkeley (SHCA makes it seem like they will only pay for you to deliver at SHC/LPCH or ValleyCare but it's misleading - they do cover others places, you just have to call the Aetna member number to confirm).  They take the Aetna insurance (10% co-insurance) and cover delivery at Alta Bates Summit Berkeley on Ashby. 

    There are many female docs and a couple CNMs in the practice, with someone always on call for deliveries.  You never reeeealy know who will deliver you unless you schedule a c-section with your primary OB but there are opportunities to meet many people in the practice cuz there are so many appts towards the end.  Or you can develop a relationship with 1-2 docs over the course of your pregnancy so those folks know you really well vs a dozen who know you a bit.  Whatever works for you is best!!

    Hope this helps - Happy to chat further privately!

    ~ Sarah

  • Gynecologist skilled in surgery

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    I have a history of ovarian cysts and need to be evaluated for a possible recurrence, but I'm currently in-between ob/gyns due to a job change. Can anyone recommend a (non-Kaiser) doctor highly skilled in gynecological surgery? Gynecology-only is fine. Thanks so much.

    I like my ob gyn- dr Lilia Lizano. I had a high risk pregnancy and asked around ( other nurses and doctors at Alta Bates) and was told that she is an excellent surgeon. I had a good experience with her with my c section ( although don’t have experience with ovarian cysts). 

    I had an ovarian cyst removed last week by Dr. Lager @ UCSF mission bay. She’s thoughtful, kind, skilled, and put me at ease about going under. Highly recommend. Happy to chat more if helpful 

    Hello! Earlier this year I had a twisted ovary due to cysts and Dr. Nseyo with Sutter (office at 2500 Miliva street) both diagnosed, and did the laparoscopic surgery to fix the problems. Mine was an emergency and I met her in the ER, and then continued care with her after.

    She is communicative, kind, through, and super skilled. I highly recommend her! 

  • Obgyn in Walnut Creek/ East Bay Area

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    I am 5 weeks pregnant and we will be moving NYC to Walnut Creek area in 2 weeks. I am a first time soon to be mom. I am looking for an obgyn in the Walnut Creek/ East Bay Area, any recommendations? Also what is a good hospital for labor and delivery in the area? 

    Thank you! Looking forward to the responses :) 

    Highly recommend working with Golden Oak Midwives. They deliver at Alta Bates in Berkeley. 

    I’m seeing Dr Rose Monardo through John Muir and really like her so far. She has offices in Orinda and maybe also Walnut Creek. 

    Decision may be driven by what insurance provider you have - Kaiser Versus non-Kaiser. We are Kaiser members and had our son at KP Walnut Creek, and had very positive experience with both the MD and midwife teams.

  • Gynecologist in Walnut Creek area?

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    Can anyone suggest a good/great gynecologist in the Walnut Creek area?  I'm 60 years old and would like a more seasoned woman doctor.  My SF doctor retired, and I live in Moraga now.  Thank you for any suggestions.

    I recommend Dr. Rosemary Delgado in Walnut Creek.  I've been going to her for around 15 years.  She is a seasoned doctor with a sweet bedside manner and works well with aging women such as myself. 

  • Hi, I'm looking for an OB. Preferably in Berkeley or Oakland or nearby who delivers at Alta Bates, but if you have someone who delivers in Oakland (non-kaiser) or at UCSF who is amazing for what I need, I'd be interested in their names too.

    I have a history of medical trauma, (primarily my consent being disregarded), and have a disability around social communication and sometimes with verbal speech in stressful situations.

    I'm looking for an OB with experience with gestational diabetes who prioritizes true informed consent, and will frame conversations in a way that prioritizes my agency as well as health. I need someone who will take the time to make sure I understand them and they understand me, even when I'm struggling with communication. Someone with experience with neurodivergent pregnant people is a plus.

    Not what you asked for, so please feel free to disregard, but I had a great experience with my CNMs Aimee Tom and Jasmine Swinson in 2019/2020. I really didn't like my OB so went looking elsewhere, too. I really didn't want a non-medically credentialed midwife, and both women are nurses with a long history of nursing practice. I really appreciated the length of my appointments, email communication, etc. When I developed complications they were great and said they had a lot of experience co-managing things like pre-e (like me), gestational diabetes, and others.

    Most OBs in the area do not work on an "on-call" basis but rather in a group/rotational schedule so it's unlikely the OB you see through most of your pregnancy will be at the actual delivery. For that reason I would highly recommend a doula who can act as the person to help you frame these conversations with the OB who is at your delivery. In general though I found most OBs at Sutter (on Milvia) to be good with communication and the delivery nurses at Alta Bates to be great as well.

    Dr Nseyo is amazing and she’s at Alta Bates. My kid was delivered by c section and I’m planning on using her, if we have another kid. Absolutely love her!

  • Hello! I am looking for recommendations for doctors who deliver at John Muir in Walnut Creek (available BPN recommendations are fairly old). We live in Oakland, and had our daughter at CPMC where we had a fantastic experience, but I'm too afraid to tempt the bridge-crossing fates a second time. I am looking for a doctor that practices evidence-based medicine, but is also warm and very approachable. My prior doctor kept our appointments extremely short and always made me feel sort of silly when expressing my fears. Hoping to avoid that this go-round. Thank you so much; this community has been such an incredible resource to my family.

    I recommend RSVP (Rose, Senior, Vemuapalli Physicians) in Walnut Creek. They are a great team and also have 4 lovely NPs who work with them (2 of whom rotate being on-call for deliveries at John Muir along with the MDs). I met all the MDs and NPs during my pregnancy last year and felt they were all very approachable, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I would have felt comfortable with any of them delivering my baby, and the NP who did was fantastic! They are right across the street from the hospital.

    I love my practice - John Muir OBGYN - it's 4 women that are all lovely! Rosie Monardo and Melissa Owens have been my primary OBs, but the others are great as well. They deliver at John Muir in Walnut Creek. They have an office in Berkeley and Orinda for visits. 510 985-5200

    We delivered #1 at CPMC and it was phenomenal...John Muir for #2 and it was fine, but CPMC was a better experience on a lot of fronts (nursery, rooms/amenities, food, etc) - but got good care at both, so back to John Muir for #3 (given bridge crossing :) )

  • Hi there. I am newly pregnant with my 2nd and currently looking for doctors in the east bay that deliver at UCSF or possibly John Muir. We delivered at Marin General last time and it was the most awful experience. I would be a high risk pregnancy and having a C-section. Any names or practices would be greatly appreciated. Thanks  so much.


    I found Rose Monardo to be a great partner.  I was 46 and developed pre-eclampsia and had a C-section. I delivered at Alta Bates and the nursing staff was amazing.

  • Been dealing with vaginal cysts and am interested in finding a Dr/clinicians who know how to deal with them and treat them. 

    Any of the Ob/Gyns at Golden Gate Ob/Gyn in San Francisco will be more than capable of helping with Bartholin cysts - I'd personally recommend Dr. Karen Callen, Dr. Donna Wiggins, Dr. Fung Lam, or Dr. Jane Fang, though in general the practice is excellent. They are worth the drive into the city. Best of Luck! 

  • Hi there,

    I’m switching OBs to the East Bay since we’ve moved. I’m 23 weeks pregnant and looking for a new OB or midwife who delivers at Alta Bates in Berkeley. Does anybody have any recommendations?


    I just delivered a VBAC at Alta Bates with Dr. Kier Van Remoortere at the Berkeley campus of the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. I was very happy with her throughout the pregnancy, and then I was lucky in that she was on-call during my delivery as well and I had a great experience with her then too. I had a few complications during pregnancy, and I found that the Sutter system was well-integrated with respects to referrals, sharing information, etc. Since it's a big practice, there's no guarantee that you'll have your doctor of choice for the actual delivery, but I was pretty happy with each of the 4 OBs I saw during my pregnancy (out of 14).

    I cannot recommend my midwives Ellie Griffinger and Gwen Haynes enough (private practice partners at Golden Oak Midwives). They spend ample time on appointments to address any and all concerns, and really take the time to build a trusting relationship with clients. They also have a beautiful space where they hold visits, and offer a number of extra resources through people in their community (workshops on lactation, acupuncture in pregnancy, choosing a doula, pelvic floor health, support groups for breastfeeding, etc). They also have practitioners working in their space who offer massage and pelvic floor physical therapy. I have not had my baby yet so I do not know what it will be like to work with them at Alta Bates, but they have a lot of reviews on their website and on Yelp that you can read.

    We are LOVING Dr. Pavithra Venkat at Sutter (delivers at Alta Bates). We did the "Sutter doctor bingo" approach w/our first child 3 years ago and while everything turned out fine, we did end up feeling a little disjointed w/continuity of care during the pregnancy and like we didn't really care which doctor delivered the baby (we ended up w/a longer L&D stay and so were interacting w/several doctors we'd not met and didn't care AT ALL). Dr. Venkat never makes you feel rushed, is very responsive to questions and seems really committed to trying to help clients have the experience they want. A friend who had a really traumatic first birth experience also delivered w/her (scheduled C-section) for Baby #2 and gives her nothing but the highest praise.

  • Hi, 

    I am looking for a new OBGYN recommendation after Dr Kurt Wharton left for an amazing professional opportunity in a different state. 

    I had a great first-time-mom experience during my pregnancy/delivery at Alta Bates with him and I am hoping to find someone else soon.

    I have Aetna insurance. I live in Oakland and I can drive for someone like Wharton (he was based in Lafayette).

    Many thanks,

    Dr. Arzou Ahsan at Sutter Health is wonderful. I had surgery done by her and she was with me through my pregnancy also. Doctors and nurses always sang her praises when they knew that was who my OB was. I've heard two things consistently, "Isn't she the best?" And, "If I were getting surgery done, I'd want her to do it." Hearing these comments always made me feel more confident that I was in the right hands.

    I love seeing Dr Jane Fang at Golden Gate Obs. She's in the city, but that worked for me because although I live in Oakland, I work in the FiDi in the city so could pop over for appointments. 

  • Hey everyone, I am completely new here. My husband and I will be moving to Berkeley from Austin, Texas while I am 7.5 months pregnant (baby is due mid August). My top priority right now is to find a good OB/practice that can deliver my baby, and also find a pediatrician. I have good insurance that covers a number of practices, so if anyone can recommend their OB and pediatrician, that would be really helpful! Thank you so much!

    We're with Kaiser, and I love my OB (Dr. Sarah Wilson), and we had a great experience having our baby at Kaiser Oakland. 

    Congratulations! I heartily recommend the very experienced and compassionate Kurt Wharton, M.D., and the great doctors at East Bay Pediatrics.

    Dr Duffy is my ob, she's great. A saw a couple other people from her office (the ones who happened to be on call during my labor and delivery) and they were great as well. Dr. Emmanuel was there for the actual delivery, and I liked her a lot. 

  • Gynecologist

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    I am new to the East Bay. I am looking for a gynecologist and I am in my 40s so need to have a mammogram. Can you recommend someone you had a great experience with? I have PPO health insurance so I can't go to a Kaiser or Brown and Toland doctor but most others should work. Thank you!

    RE: Gynecologist ()

    I really like Dr. Lilia Lizano, Women's Group for Health, 2999 Regent St, #201, Berkeley (510) 204-0965.  She took over the practice after my previous OB/GYN moved to Kaiser.  She is kind, understated and thorough.  Part of her standard of care in an annual check up is to palpitate the neck.  She found a lump in my neck and ordered an ultrasound.  Turns out it was thyroid cancer.  Had it not been for her, it could have been years before it was detected. (I don't have a good PCP.)  So I am forever grateful to her.  I am happy to speak to you about her, if you'd like. 

    RE: Gynecologist ()

    I've only seen her a couple of times, but I like Pantea Pahlavan in Berkeley. She's with Sutter.

    RE: Gynecologist ()

    Hello, for me there's only John T Armstrong...He uses an ultra sound for high-up pelvic exams.  As I have fibroids, this is a god-send.  No more pain.  Also he uses the ultra sound for breasts after palpating manually (or rather wo-manly)  Easy to talk with, allows plenty of time for each patient.  Dr. Armstrong is an important reason I don't want to leave this area & go back to Texas-- where he's from too :))

       Now-- it is an hour drive to get to him-- in Napa.  But plenty of parking; office is right off the freeway.  You could stop and have some wine before or after.

    oops, looks like I can't paste his web page so please google him in Napa.

  • I am currently trying to conceive (been trying for 4 months as of the date of this post) and am looking for recommendations on caring ob/gyn doctors. I am looking for a ob/gyn who has good bedside manner and is warm, patient, and experienced. Specialty in fertility and endometriosis is a plus, as I have endometriosis and had an ovarian cyst removed laparoscopically in January 2016. I have had a number of negative experiences with several ob/gyn docs and I'd like to find someone caring and competent soon. Thank you!

    Cheruba Prabakar.  BEST bedside manner I've ever had and an excellent doctor.

    It's a bit of a drive, but I can't recommend Dr. Brian DeMuth in Greenbrae highly enough (Marin County, so he works out of Marin General)!

    He is kind, competent, caring, professional, smart.

    I ended up with a C-section after 23 hours in labor and he came back to the hospital on his one night off in a week to be with me in the OR with the OB/GYN who was on call for him (also another great Doc, Gerry Wilner). 

    Dr. Demuth's nurse practitioner, Marlene, is also a gem.

    Not sure where you live, but thought I'd jump in with that recommendation.

    Good luck!

  • Need a OBGYN!

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    the recommendations listed seem a little dated so I thought I would repost another request for recommendations!


    RE: Need a OBGYN! ()


    I have a GYN that is actually a NP and she is FABULOUS!!!!!!!

    Her name is Alice Cannon and located in Berkeley!

    RE: Need a OBGYN! ()

    Dr Kurt Wharton in Lafayette (he delivers in Alta Bates) was a name I found on this site and am SO appreciative I found him.  I had a high risk pregnancy and he was incredibly attentive and knows his trade inside out.  He saw me on a Sunday two times during my pregnancy to check out what was thankfully nonissues but he urged me to always reach out no matter what.  During the delivery, he was by my bedside practically the whole time and was told by the nurses this is his style (the nurses adored him and loved working with him, which is saying a lot).  He has a great, funny demeanor and clearly loves his profession.  I highly recommend him and felt so calm during my pregnancy because I was in his care.

    RE: Need a OBGYN! ()

    I'm due with my first baby in Feb and have been seeing Dr. Cindy Zhang at Sutter East Bay. I really like Dr. Zhang and the practice. It was highly recommended to me in the first place. So far I've had appointments with another doctor and the nurse practitioner as well and all have been great. Highly recommend! 

  • Hello,

    I recently switched from Kaiser to Anthem Blue Cross and am looking for an Ob/gyn located somewhere between Pinole and Berkeley. I am a very sensitive person (which can be both a strength and a challenge) who doesn't like going to the doctor/traditional medical facilities and I have some anxiety related to that. Does anyone know of any particularly kind, compassionate, supportive and understanding ob/gyns in a more relaxing setting nearby to work with during pregnancy and childbirth? Open to an MD, NP or midwife. Thank you in advance!

    I recommend the midwives at Pacifica Family Maternity Center ( Such a beautiful and calming place and I don't think you can get better prenatal, birth, and postpartum care than what they provide.

    I'd recommend Michelle Borok She is an incredible midwife we used in the birth of our kid. She also works with a biller that might get you a reimbursement from Anthem. Best of luck! 

    Dr Tracy White takes Blue Cross Anthem. She's fantastic!


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    Looking for an excellent (and kind) surgeon at UCSF or in East Bay to perform needed surgery on an endometrial polyp. Most referrals for surgeons pertain to obstetrics, but the patient here is post-menopausal.