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I hated my first ob and loved my 2nd and now I need a new one because my 2nd ob doesn't take my lowly Blue Cross HMO option.

Does anyone have an ob around here that they love? I need that first prenatal appt ASAP.

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Mark Dwight at Good Sam. I think he takes Blue Cross, but check. Had two natural, doula-assisted births with him.
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If you are open to other options besides an OB, the CNMs at UCLA are great. I'm back with them a second time. I think they probably take Blue Cross, since that's the insurance the Alumni Association provides. You should be able to find out on that mylifepath.com site or whatever (haven't had Blue Cross in a couple of years).
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Ronald Wu at Glendale Adventist is great... I'm having a homebirth w/ a midwife, but he's my backup OB and is really great. And he takes BC HMO.

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Do not go to Gene Parks in marina del rey.

I had the same insurance as you do and he was 'in-network". I had a terrible birth experience and I blame him 100%. I should have listened to my gut (but I thought it was just the hormones telling me he was a jerk).

Allison Leong is supposed to be pretty good. Very mainstream though.
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My DD had BC HMO and she gave birth with Rebecca Perlow. You will LOVE her! Three of my daughters have birthed with her (I was at all three births, plus many, many prenatals) and she is a lovely person, an amazing compassionate doctor and a great choice if you are looking to be supported in the type of birth that YOU want. I highly recommend her. Check her out at www.drperlow.com
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Ronald Wu at Glendale Adventist is great... I'm having a homebirth w/ a midwife, but he's my backup OB and is really great. And he takes BC HMO.

Good luck!
Heh, I just talked to a homebirth midwife today (Shaunie, who works with Shelly Girard... probably the same one ;-) and she referred me to Dr. Wu to basically get "cleared" for backup OB care before we go further. Glad to know you're liking him!

I wonder if there's something cultural about Asian OBs? The "supervising" OB for the hospital CNM practice I'm seeing now is a Dr. Liu.
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If you are open to other options besides an OB, the CNMs at UCLA are great. I'm back with them a second time. I think they probably take Blue Cross, since that's the insurance the Alumni Association provides. You should be able to find out on that mylifepath.com site or whatever (haven't had Blue Cross in a couple of years).
I'm not really sure what a CNM could do for me. Can you give me a little more info on what that's like? I am high risk with diabetes and a previous preemie...

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Thank you all so much! This is really helpful. I am going to look into which of these are available through my insurance. I have a preference for a female doctor (don't know why, just do), but mostly I need someone who will help me do this as independently as possible. I have had complications with both other births. Number two was pitocin induced preemie because I had no amniotic fluid left. My doc supported me on not taking any other stuff and after 36 hours labor, he came as naturally as can be with pitocin. However, both times I tore very badly and the second time it was challenging for them to stop the bleeding, so I want someone who's going to be able to sew me up right, if that should happen again!

Anyway, I really appreciate everyone's suggestions and I'll be making some calls!

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Thank you all so much! This is really helpful. I am going to look into which of these are available through my insurance. I have a preference for a female doctor (don't know why, just do), but mostly I need someone who will help me do this as independently as possible. I have had complications with both other births. Number two was pitocin induced preemie because I had no amniotic fluid left. My doc supported me on not taking any other stuff and after 36 hours labor, he came as naturally as can be with pitocin. However, both times I tore very badly and the second time it was challenging for them to stop the bleeding, so I want someone who's going to be able to sew me up right, if that should happen again!

Anyway, I really appreciate everyone's suggestions and I'll be making some calls!

Thanks,
Erika

After hearing what you say here I really think that you should give Dr. Perlow a call, she sounds like just the type of caregiver you are looking for. As to the tearing.. she actually does perineal massage through out the delivery and
that helps. Also, she uses some type of "glue" to get everything back into the proper place. (I'm not sure really how to say that right ) Like I said I cannot recommend her highly enough. Did you check out her webstie?
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I'm not really sure what a CNM could do for me. Can you give me a little more info on what that's like? I am high risk with diabetes and a previous preemie...
Well, you might not be able to use them then... I know they don't take "high risk" pregnancies. I don't know what makes a pregnancy too "high risk" for them, though.

In general, it's a normal OB office, but they also have a CNM on duty seeing patients. You make your appointment "with the midwives" instead of with a doctor. There are four of them, and you get whoever's on call when you go into labor, as with most shared OB practices. They have a supervising OB whose name goes on any tests or prescriptions or whatever that you might need (he works in the office with them and sees patients, too).

The advantage is that midwifery tends to see pregnancy as a normal, natural event, rather than a medical one. They have a 12% c-section rate in their practice, and a 95% VBAC success rate. Of course, since they deliver at a full-fledged hospital (and a darned good one), you have access to whatever medical technology you might need or want during labor and delivery.

Hope that answers your question.
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Monica,
Thank you for the explanation. I would definitely go for that if I weren't high risk. I also really prefer to have one provider than to see whoever is on call, but that does seem common these days.

Nannysbaby,
Thanks for the rec. I checked Dr. Perlow's site and it seems great, but I think she's in Tarzana. We are in Inglewood near LAX, so I think if I were in the midst of labor, especially if it fell at rush hour (anytime in daylight here), I'd never make it and have a baby on the Sepulveda pass! lol--some kind of 'natural'

However, if I can get a list of providers in our area, I might call them and see if they can recommend anyone...

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I have a friend who lives in Westchester, and I'm pretty sure she loves her OB... I need to email her anyway; I'll ask her if she's got a rec for you. I know her first delivery was totally natural and went super-smooth ([email protected]#$ women with 8-hour labors their first time ;-).

ETA: My friend got back to me, and this is what she said (reposted with permission):
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I would recommend my OB, Dr. Clara Vogel of the Frumowitz, Matsunaga, Daly, Ross etc. office on Santa Monica Blvd at 20th. There's office is smoothly run, they always call with information or the doctor calls herself with news/test results and each doctor has a nurse/assistant who answers calls daily too. Their approach is caring, but also very medical oriented in that when there's the slightest thing they'll give you an ultrasound or whatever other (noninvasive, in my experience) diagnostic or remedy there is. This means that they helped my pregnancy along early when my hormone levels were borderline miscarriage by prescribing progesterone throughout the first trimester. This means that for BV they prescribe antibiotics. I am using a doula and they are fine with that, their office employs a RN/doula to teach their childbirth classes. My friends have employed said doula as their own for their birth (although she hasn't been tested in labor yet, but she claims that for mothers who really wanted a natural birth she has a near 100% success rate. Sounds like QUITE a qualifier, but their confidence in her is high and she must also work well with doctors to be linked to their office thrugh the classes). They only deliver at St. John's Hospital. They seem a bit pricier than my last office. I don't remember if they take HMO plans because we're on PPO now. I had an all natural unmedicated birth with my first delivery and Dr. Vogel seems positive and supportive in my hope that I can have the same again. She points out that a second birth is USUALLY if not always faster and smoother than the first and she is supportive of my having cord blood retrieved for donation to public bank.

Previously my OB was Dr. Bliss of Bruksch, Ewertz, etc. in the same building. Their staff is awful (very nice, but useless) in terms of scheduling, waiting, getting results or callbacks, you name it. I once had to wait 4 weeks (with 5 messages from me) to get a retrun phone call about test results THEY told me were vital to check and possibly take action on within a few days. Shameful. On the other hand, my doula said that Vogel et al tend to be more hands on during labor which CAN lead to more interventions, whereas Bliss' office isn't like that. Maybe, but to me it sounds as though it was the "annoying neglect" of my past office practises that allowed space for my wonderful doula rather than a philosophical stance.

I don't know of anyone great in Inglewood/Manhatten Beach, unfortunately.
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Monica,
Thank you so much for looking into that for me. I will be getting a list of possible doctors tomorrow, so I will look for Vogel. So far, no one else I have called takes the insurance we have. I'm anxious to get in for that first appt in case I need progesterone like I did in a previous preg (m/c).

Thanks for doing all that work and all your responses!
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Here is a link to some resources that might be helpful to you in your search efforts...

http://www.supportedbirth.com/resources.htm

It contains a list of doctors that are supportive and I do think several are closer to you. Hopefully, you will find some names there that match ones on your insurance list.

BTW-my three DD's had to drive to Tarzana from the Antelope Valley! The reason was because Dr, Perlow is that great of a doctor. I can certainly understand your traffic worry though, especially during rush hour traffic. I rode in the back seat of a Toyota Camry with my laboring DD all the way (1 hour in good traffic) to the hospital at 4pm! Yikes! Everything turned out just fine!

She also delivers all her own babies.
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Thank you so much for your help with this! I will look to see if any are on our insurance. It's so frustrating that there aren't more options that the insurance covers. I know what you mean about being willing to travel for a good doctor. Unfortunately, if we can't pay the bill, it just won't work.

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If I were you I would start calling the doctors mentioned on this thread and simply ask them if they take Blue Cross HMO. At least that way you are being proactive and will not feel that you are the mercy of the insurance company. (I hate that!)

FWIW-Dr. Perlow took your insurance when my daughter (she had BC HMO) gave birth. You have to choose "Community Medical Group of Tarzana." It's the only one she takes.

Hoping the best for you! Let us know the outcome...
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Thanks!
I actually had called all the suggested docs and they said they don't take the plan, but then I got a list from another health care option and it shows Mark Dwight, which Luckymamatoo mentioned, so I called the insurance, and they said YES, for sure, if he is listed he is contracted with them. So I am hoping that works out. I have to get the primary care provider first, and I am going to ask for Margaret Bates who is in the same practice and was on the sites that you all recommended.

Thank you for all your help!

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Those darn HMO's make it so difficult to find a doctor...first you have to find a medical group (with the doctor/specialist that you want to go to)...then a primary care physician...then get a referral...blah...blah...blah! Of Course, I think that with most of the medical groups these days a pregnant woman does not need a referral from her primary care physician, so you might want to ask about that. My experience has been that the doctor's office staff is very well versed in that kind of stuff and will steer you in the right direction.

If memory serves correctly, my DD had to switch medical groups to get Dr. Perlow. The insurance company was telling her that she had to wait until the end of the month, but she really needed to be seen ASAP (like you) and they actually let her change because she had not been to a doctor in the original medical group that month, or for her "condition", as they said.

I hope all goes well with Dr. Dwight!
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Those darn HMO's make it so difficult to find a doctor...first you have to find a medical group (with the doctor/specialist that you want to go to)...then a primary care physician...then get a referral...blah...blah...blah! Of Course, I think that with most of the medical groups these days a pregnant woman does not need a referral from her primary care physician, so you might want to ask about that.
I love our current health insurance, which is United Health Care HMO (don't recall the name of the particular flavor we have... and I can't remember EXACTLY what silly combination of symbols I had to use to satisfy their password requirements, and don't want to get my card to retrieve my password AGAIN right now... I digress) because we don't need a PCP, and can self-refer to anyone who is in network. I guess they decided they were spending more on those referral visits than they'd spend on paying for unapproved specialist visits.

It also means I'm not tied to a "group." I can have a doctor here, my midwives there, my podiatrist over there... they don't all have to be in collusion with each other or whatever.
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I only have a moment, but I just want to warn you that Dr. Bates isn't delivering babies anymore (she has teenagers and decided she needed to be spending more time with them). I had your same concerns about having a man, but honestly, Dr. Dwight has the BEST bedside manner I've ever found in a doctor. He's very warm and really listens to you. Plus my doula says he's a really great doctor and surgeon, so if you have an emergency, you're in good hands. He delivers all his own babies.

I just hope he's accepting new patients for your sake!
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I had my babe last fall at good sam, not with mark dwight but with his sister-group, spectrum women's health (which does take blue cross hmo BTW). They share office space and some call responsibilities. While all three providers at spectum were very NICE, they were somewhat pushy with proactively managing my pregnancy (offered induction at 39 wks, cervical checks weekly after 35 wks...) and they cut my IUD strings too short when i had it put in wks PP.
That said, I wouldn't deliver at good sam again for separate reasons:
- my baby got stuck in the NICU for a bunch of little bogus reasons that didn'ta mount to anything but they wouldn't help me get him out of the nicu.
- poor (no) breastfeeding support - the nurses were too busy to help in the nicu and the lactation consultant never came by despite my asking multiple times.
- after my c/s, i only held my kiddo for the first time one hour post-op for about 2 minutes before they took him away, despite my asking them to bring him to me.

anyways... don't know where i'll go if i have another kid here in LA, but it won't be good sam...

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