Seeking an ObGyn for Miscarriages

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Secondary Recurrent Pregnancy Loss -- Best doctors? Nov 5, 2020 (14 responses below)
Great OB especially for fertility? (CW: miscarriage) Feb 16, 2018 (2 responses below)
  • Unfortunately, I've had two miscarriages back-to-back this year. In 2019, I had my first child (a boy) with no complications -- super easy pregnancy. I'm 30 years old, and seem to be having some trouble staying pregnant. With Kaiser, there have been extremely long waits to move forward with any testing. My rheumatologist has indicated that I may have very quiet, very early lupus (no symptoms), but that's the only clue so far as to the consecutive losses. Before we try for a third time, I'm wondering if anyone has been through something similar and had success with a particular OBor reproductive endocrinologist, line of testing, or treatment plan. My gut is telling me that the losses are autoimmune-related. I've looked up Dr. Zouves, who seems to focus on immunology and fertility, but don't think it makes sense for us to pursue IVF since conception doesn't seem to be the problem. Thank you in advance for any and all advice! This is such a lonely and frustrating experience :(

    Hi highly recommend Spring Fertility, Dr. Minjarez in Oakland. They are a fertility clinic and specialize in everything- not just IVF. She is kind, compassionate, and extremely knowledgeable. It’s possible that your insurance doesn’t cover it. But my only regret is not switching my fertility care from Kaiser to Spring sooner. It would have saved time and heartache. 

    I don't have any dr recommendations really but I do know I made a lot of assumptions about what fertility drs do and there is a whole range of things other than IVF. You're having a fertility issue, so I think a fertility dr is a great person to see. It took us several months to get into a dr early this year, so I'd def recommend reaching and scheduling something. We went to UCSF Mission Bay Center for Reproductive Health and saw Dr Noel. Everyone there is amazing. Good luck and I'm so sorry for your losses. 

    I’m so sorry for your losses. I had 3 early miscarriages (at 9 and 11 weeks), no previous live births- I went to UCLA high risk OB chief who prescribed natural progesterone suppositories until 11th week as soon as I became pregnant. I went on to have 4 normal pregnancies, each with the supplement to be on safe side and had no additional miscarriages. I suggest consulting a high risk OB at UCSF. Good luck! 

  • I'm 40 seeking to conceive child #2 and just had an early miscarriage. In the process, I came to feel that my OB's office was not a good fit for me. Because of the impersonal approach of the practice group, I hardly ever talked to the same person twice, and efforts to get help during the miscarriage were met with slow replies or non-responsiveness. Unfortunately, as my insurance doesn't cover fertility, I can't go directly to an RE. Can you recommend an OB who is great on fertility issues? And / or can you recommend an OB who is available when you need them (my OB at this practice group was booked up for the next three months solid!) and in a well-run practice that allows you to build human connections? (I hope my desires don't sound unrealistic. I actually had a good experience at Kaiser because I always saw the same OB, and when I got pregnant last time they efficiently ordered a small suite of labs to make sure everything was going well. But now we're with Blue Cross Blue Shield.) Thank you!

    Sorry to hear about your miscarriage. She’s not an ob but CNM Lindy Johnson may fit your needs. She delivers at Alta bates. I had the same issues with my ob office, which is why I switched. Her care is definitely different-more midwife style-than an on but imo is better and she is always availabe by phone. She doesn’t see you until you are already pregnant so you’d need to find a separate doc for fertility.

    I had a great OB/Fertility doctor, however it is in San Francisco, UCSF, Heather Huddleston (

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April 2004

Hi, I have experienced a miscarraige 8 months ago. I know first time m/c is fairly common, but why can't you take an active role in prevention as to having to wait for the third one? I was upset by the casual way my current OB/G just shrugged it off saying it was probably chromosomal difficulties (which might be the case, but I felt like I was hanged out to dry) Does anyone have information on, or experience with a caring and understainding OB/G that is more supportive and involved after a first time miscarraige. And which shows an interest in prevention, natural and non interventional aproach to pregnancy. Someone that does perhaps strike me as such a person is Dr. Albertine Omani and the East Bay Perinatal Medical Associates. Any recent recommendations and/or experiences with Dr. Omani and the group? Many thanks Anon

Hi, I had an experience with Dr Albertine Omani (which I think relates somewhat to your situation) I'd like to share with you. If you'd like to email me about it please feel free. Linda

I offer you support and sorry to hear of your loss. After two miscarriages, I had to push myself to finally talk about it with other women. I learned so much and wished I hadn't kept silent for so long. I learned there are tests that can be done to make sure everything is working as it should to support subsequent pregnancies (HCG & progesterone levels for example).

I, too, was frustrated with the rule of three most doctors follow before investigating more aggressively into the cause for miscarriage. After my second m/c, I told my doctor I didn't have time to wait for a third (I am 41). As he reached for his pad to write out a Rx for Clomid, I told him I obviously didn't have trouble conceiving and didn't think that was the answer. With his fingers laced on top of his desk, he asked, ''Then what do you want from me?'' I asked about progesterone which he didn't seem to support. After I left this consultation, I knew I would not be returning.

I switched to a doctor who immediately ran lab work to check my hormone levels (results all were normal). I also made an appointment with Dr. Katz in SF. His office seemed in favor of uncovering causes (auto immune factors, uterine factors, bacteria factors). As fate would have it, I took a home pregnancy test three days before my appointment with Dr. Katz and cancelled my appointment. My new OB put me on progesterone as a ''can't hurt might help'' measure.

Please contact me if you have any specific questions. I wish you all the best. mg

August 2001

I've checked the website several times, and all the advice is very old. I formerly used Dr. Heather Irwin, and really loved her, but she retired last fall. I've heard really mixed feedback about Dr. Chin, who is taking Dr. Irwin's patients: many have said he's very arrogant and they really didn't like him, but that he was good at what he did. I know that I don't do well with arrogance, so I've been looking around. All the women ob/gyn's that I've called are not accepting new patients, and I think I'd prefer a woman, though I also realize my husband is probably more comfortable with men (and his comfort is also important). I've seen Dr. Streitfeld, and sometimes I like him (obviously very smart, and he does seem to care, and I can usually get him on the phone if needed, and his nurse is great), but sometimes I feel like he's just too disorganized for my comfort (always late for appointments, sometimes forgetting what we've already looked into). I've lost two pregnancies in the last four months, and I'd just like to talk to some other Drs. to find out how they'd approach the problem. I lost them both at 6 weeks, and I don't want to go through this several more times without more information or trying to find out what the problem is (other than just bad luck, which I realize is a possibility). Does anybody know of other ob/gyn Dr. that they love? I'm pretty analytical, and do best w/ a Dr. who's willing to tell me exactly what they are doing and why, and what my other options are. I'm also happy to do more research if pointed in the right direction (e.g., reading books to figure out what other factors can be going in to the problem). Or are my frustrations just kind of the way it is with any dr.? I'm also considered an older mom, so waiting around for the next 5 years is not an option. Also, do others out there have experience w/ multiple miscarriage, and do they have advice or recommendations about that? Books? Experience? Thanks.

Please consider giving Dr. Streitfeld another chance. It's in the nature of OB/Gyn's to be late... (see Hank Streitfeld recommendations ). Fran

From everything you wrote, it sounds like you'd love Dr. Susan Willman ....

Just wanted to let you know that I am currently seeing Dr. Heather Irwin , she is back in practice ....

I highly recommend Dr. Amy Huibonhua at Omni OBGYN ... One other thing.....since you have had a few miscarriages right at 6 weeks, maybe a visit to a fertility specialist is appropriate (even before seeing an OBGYN) could be that there is something going on that a fertility specialist could diagnose and as you said that you are older why not go directly to a specialist??? Just a thought!! Ruth

I'm so sorry to hear of your losses. We have personal experience with infertility and wanted to recommend the website especially the section on miscarriages which describes the immune issues which might be involved in multiple losses. There is a doctor on the bulletin board who answers questions as well. This page has the bulletin board/forum for miscarriage and immune issues: This has helpful fact sheets which describe the basic issues pertaining to miscarriage I am new to the area so do not have any doctor recommendations, but my own experience has been that Reproductive Endocrinoligists (as opposed to regular OB/GYN's) were very knowledgeable and compassionate about reproductive concerns. Jen

I'd like to recommend Dr. Mickie Adams at Alta Bates Perinatal Group... Heidi

I was sorry to read about your miscarriages...that's so hard. It happened to me too. I found it very helpful to go to a compassionate fertility doctor to discuss possible causes and strategies for getting pregnant again and having it actually work. The doctor I chose was Louis Weckstein of San Ramon. I recommend him without reserve. Also I found it very helpful to join Resolve, an infertility support group. (They're probably online and I think that they're also in the phone book.) Marina Resolve of Northern California:

I am currently in my last month of pregnancy at the practice where Dr. Heather Irwin and Dr. Chin are ... Linda

I just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last month after three early miscarriages in a row, and I am sure I have Dr. Streitfeld to thank for it! ... Marguerite

If you can switch insurance to be able to use the high-risk ob team at Alta Bates, I highly recommend them. Dr. Marinoff was my doctor who I went to in parallel with my excellent ob. I did not suffer from pre-term labor, but was a high-risk patient. Kathy

I have the perfect OB/GYN for you. Her name is Kimberley Fillmore ...

As far as advice about multiple miscarriage, all I can say is they suck and do what you can to avoid them. I've had three miscarriages and one pregnancy that ended in disaster, so that is one area where I'm very experienced. I am constantly anemic because I lost so much blood during the miscarriages that it's taking forever to get my iron reserves back to normal, not to mention I think I had/have some form of post-traumatic stress disorder. The emotional demands are enormous. Good luck, Julie

I am so sorry to hear of your losses. The book Motherhood After Miscarriage, was very helpful to me. I believe I found it at Amazon. We love or OB/GYN practice, OB/GYN Partners for Health in Oakland ...

You might want to skip the OB/GYN route and go straight to an infertility specialist about miscarriages just to be safe. I saw Dr. Robert Taylor at UCSF ....

The INCIID website contains a wealth of information (but try not to let it scare you) on infertility, miscarriage, conceiving. Contacting RESOLVE is also a good place to start. The book 'Take Charge of Your Fertility' can help get you started observing your cycle to see if everything is OK there.

As far as OB/GYNs are concerned I've found Katarina Lanner-Cusin to be compassionate, careful and conservative in dealing with miscarriage....

With several recommendations, I began seeing Dr. Amy Huibonhoa ...

You need to see a reproductive endocrinologist, not just an Ob-Gyn, although many of them won't tell you that. Most will give you a referral, however. If not, switch to one that will refer you right away. You could have an immunological problem such as anti-phospholipid antibodies or natural killer cells. Check Dr. Beer's work on the web. Even if the tests (which only a few labs, including one called something like Reproductive Immunology Associates, can do) come up negative, it never hurts to take one baby aspirin a day. Also check for celiac disease -- test for antiendomysial, antigliadin and antireticulin antibodies. A search on the internet, including medline, for recurrent miscarriage, will turn up a wealth of information. Good luck.

I really like Dr. Betsy Matlock at OBGYN medical group. (She may well be one of the many women OBGYNs who is not taking new patients.) I saw every doctor in that practice at one point or another when I spent 3 months in the hospital with preterm labor (which FINALLY resulted in a healthy child). Some didn't seem to take the issues seriously, but others were knowledgable and sympathetic. When my own doctor retired from the group, I switched to Matlock. Also, there used to be a support group at Alta Bates Hospital called SAND, standing for Support After Neonatal Death. I found this group EXTREMELY helpful after losing one child through premature birth and then experiencing subsequent infertility and a miscarriage. It was a great place to get info on different doctors and their approaches.

I agree with all the people who suggested you see a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) and investigate possible immunological problems. In the short term, you might want to talk with your OB-GYN about taking one baby aspirin a day and continuing it through week 13 of your pregnancy (it's available from your pharmacist without a prescription). Infertility-related newsgroups provide a place to share information with other patients about the latest treatments and the best REs. I'm not sure how you subscribe to newsgroups-- though on AOL it was as easy as clicking a button. In any case, a key word search for the name of my favorite newsgroup, alt.inferility, led me to this source: It lists all the infertility newsgroups and provides a lot of useful information. Another avenue you may want to try is acupuncture. My RE actually used acupuncture as part of his protocol, and you'll find many great acupuncturists in the Bay Area. My final piece of advice is to keep trying to find a doctor who helps you. If your gut feeling is that it's time to move on, then do it. My total time in treatment was 5 years, but it wasn't until I found RE#3 (through the recommendation of other patients on alt.infertility) that we got results. My beautiful miracle baby is now 2 years old. Maria

In the previous newsletter, two people recommended Dr. Katerina Lanner-Cusin ...

I want to add my voice to the accolades for Hank Streitfeld . ...