Which Facility for Childbirth?
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– Dec 4, 2023(21 replies)
What do people think about living in Oakland but delivering in SF? I have the option to receive care from a practice I'm really excited about with prenatal care locally in Oakland/Berkeley and then delivery at UCSF.
Has anyone else done something similar? Would folks do this?Dec 4, 2023
– Oct 30, 2022(3 replies)
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?Oct 30, 2022
– Jun 15, 2022(9 replies)
I gave birth to my first at CPMC in SF as we were living in the city at the time. We are now in Berkeley and pregnant with our second. I love my OB in the city that delivered my first and I am very tempted to stay with her and just make the trek for visits and deliver at CPMC again. But just wanted to hear what others thought about delivering at Alta Bates Summit? I know my husband would appreciate the switch since it’s basically walking distance from our place.
Is Labor & Delivery section and rooms nice at Alta Bates? Has anyone experienced both hospital L&D? One question- does Alta Bates change your rooms after delivery? That is one thing I did not enjoy about CPMC- a nice big room for L&D and then switch to small tight Recovery room.Jun 15, 2022
– Dec 9, 2021(3 replies)
This is my first question on the group. Do you have any recommendations for good non Kaiser hospitals and Obstetricians near Oakland/Berkeley area? I'm pregnant with my second and while I went all the way to UCSF for my first I would like to be closer home for the second one.
Some names that come up are Alta Bates in Berkeley and Highland Hospital. Did any of you all had your babies there? Did you love it or hate it?
Thanks so so much in advance!Dec 9, 2021
– Nov 15, 2021(6 replies)
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 healt 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?Nov 15, 2021
– Mar 18, 2017(2 replies)
Any recommendations from parents that have toured the LDR/P rooms at the hospitals in Berkeley and Oakland? Which are the most comfortable - Alta Bates, Kaiser, UCSF Oakland Childrens? Thanks in advance!Mar 18, 2017
– Oct 22, 2016(8 replies)
i am 21 weeks pregnant with my first child. i have kaiser coverage but am increasingly unhappy with the kind of care i am getting. for instance, appointments with my doctor never last more than 15 minutes and there is little chance i will have met the doctors or nurses working during my delivery. i am hungry for classes or training in how to prepare for childbirth but kaiser offers only one hour long class on the subject. i would like to have a natural childbirth but the assembly line nature of previous appointments makes me skeptical that can take place at a kaiser hospital. i am looking for a more holistic experience. i wonder, though, if i am too far along (or too late) to find a midwife who can work with me. can anyone recommend a midwife or birthing center they loved and felt like they did a good job preparing the mother for labor? or, can anyone recommend a doula that gives classes or training leading up to delivery? right now i feel like i'm coming to this subject late in the game and there is a lot of information out there on the internet. i'm hoping for a little advice or guidance to narrow my search for the perfect person to help this new mama.Oct 22, 2016