I've just had a few bad experiences with them that leads me to not trust them. One, I had an ingrown toe nail and they made me wait two months for an appointment with a specialist as I would be a new patient to their podiatry department. Ow. Then, I have lots of pain in my leg, shooting pain. It hurts so bad at times especially when I'm trying to sleep and this pregnancy is aggrevating it. When I wasn't pregnant they told me there was nothing they can do, just take Tynelol, "And it would be best for you to never mention it again to us" they said. It's just so scary to me that it's their way or the highway. You can't have it your way so to speak with their HMO. I liked when I could see non-Kaiser doctors on the plan, but now your forced to see their doctors. I haven't had trouble taking my son there there. They give me a speech every time about how I incovenence them with my vaccince schedule and how it's wrong and not necessary, but I can live with that as they ultimately give it to it.
The horrible midwife experience that you say scares me. I didn't like the one women's check that I had with them. What I was afraid of is that any doctor or midwife would probably be on call and I would not get my choice of a person I liked when I went in labor. I'm not really sure how it works there, all I know is I want to run, run, run away from there. That doctor you mentioned was with Kaiser? We use Gwinnett as well.