Hi: We recently switched to Kaiser HMO. We have had a limited experience with them b/c (knock on wood) no one has been sick in the past 6 months.
At this point, I have only used them for MW/OB services and have had a couple of appointments. Yes, they have MWs. I see Lynette Allen-Pye at the Cascade Kaiser center and really have liked her so far. She was really pleased with a lot of the things we have done/want, doesn't understand why breeches "have to be" c/s babies, supports doulas, applauded when I said I nursed DS to 2 1/2. I have also seen one of the OBs (b/c I am co-managed for being a VBAC -- whatever), but he also gave a good vibe. Some of the Kaiser centers deliver at Piedmont (Cascade and Lithonia, I think?) and then other intown patients go to Northside. I'm sure some of the centers further OTP go to other hospitals. We picked to go to the Cascade center b/c we delivered at Piedmont before and felt comfortable returning there. In general, my impression is that they are a pretty traditional group of practitioners, but because the practice and insurance is integrated they are somewhat motivated in lowering costs and interventions. A perfect example of this: they are very encouraging of me having a VBAC which is cheaper for them. However, they told me they would schedule me now for a c/s if I preferred. I did some research before switching and did hear some positive stories about deliveries with the mw's.
I did have a crummy visit with a perinatologist recently and am waiting to get a reaction from the OBs to see exactly how flexible they are. (Perinatologist wants to move my due date way up, which I think is perfectly ridiculous and unscientific.)
Otherwise, I will say I have had pretty good customer service from Kaiser, appreciate getting email notices about test results, being able to email my care provider, having an electronic record that follows me around, pharmacy on premises, etc.
I have not used their pediatricians, but I am a bit hesitant. My neighbor goes to the Smyrna peds and it seems her son is always getting tons of abx and that the docs have not always been helpful in answering developmental questions for the mom from what I can tell. I'll probably stick with the Cascade center for that.