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Do you love your doctor?

It's that time of year for me...I need to schedule my annual exam...yippee! :) My new primary care physician suggested that I might want to schedule my annual with an OB/GYN since I do hope to be having another baby soon, and it might be a nice reason to meet him/her before I get pregnant with #2. She recommended two doctors at Women's Healthcare Associates near St. Vincent's, but after calling them today, one cannot see me until May (!) and the other until March...alrighty then. They can get me in to see someone else next week, but from the looks of his picture on the website, he might be just a little too young and cute for me! Seriously, he looks like one of the cycling/skiing/tennis guys that my uPapa hangs out with!

So, I have to ask the uMamas...Do you love your doctor? Why?  If it ends up that the cute guy delivers my next baby, that's fine, but as with most things in life, I find that a strong recommendation from a fellow mama goes a long way. The cute guy ended up delivering Anders when we lived in MA, and we loved him dearly, so I'm not in need of someone old or ugly or female, I just want to feel comfortable that we'll be in good hands. Our insurance is through CIGNA and they seem to work with lots of physicians in town...any recommendations?

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I can't recommend Dr. Adams at OHSU. I found her recommended on this site back in February 2009, so I happily made my first prenatal appointment for eight weeks gestation. At 5.5 weeks, I had a miscarriage. Though I went up to the depressing lab at OHSU twice for blood draws, Dr. Adams' staff suggested I just have the miscarriage at home -- I never once set foot in her office and I never spoke to Dr. Adams herself on the phone. I told them I was concerned because I was 33, I'd been trying for six months, and my cousins and grandma had all had multiple miscarriages. Dr Adams' staff didn't offer any advice or suggest that I speak with or see the doctor.

A year later, another doctor found that I had a severely blocked Fallopian tube. I suspect the tube damage was related to my miscarriage, but due to Dr. Adams' completely hands-off approach to a pregnancy that didn't go well, I'll never know.

I'd wasted (at least) a year trying to get pregnant with the blocked tube. After the bad tube was found, it was another year convincing a doctor to take it out (standard practice before IVF, but never done if you want to get pregnant the old fashioned way). Three months after I got the tube out, I'm pregnant again (hooray!), and I'm back looking for an obstetrician.

While I still respect their sincerity, I'm ignoring the recommendations for Dr. Adams this time.

Help! I am totally overwhelmed with trying to select an OB/GYN provider and clinic. We have been trying to conceive for approximately 6 months and I am looking for someone who can give preconception care along with possible infertility guidance if necessary, AS WELL as give prenatal care once we are able to successfully get pregnant. I need someone who is capable and willing to take on a high-risk pregnancy (thyroid issues and heart condition). We would like to deliver at Good Sam. I have been having pelvic pain in the past week and called to try and get in with Dr. Murray, but was told the soonest she could see me was June 22 since I would be a new patient. The receptionist must have been having a bad day, because she gave me a terrible first impression - seemed annoyed to have someone calling the office wanting to be a new patient for Dr. Murray, or anyone else. I would prefer a female practitioner. Any updated views on Portland OB/GYN clinic or Northwest Women's Clinic? Has anyone had experience with Dr. Laura Van Houten at Portland OB/GYN? What about high-risk pregnancy or fertility issues with Dr. Barrett at Northwest Women's Clinic?

Help! I am totally overwhelmed with trying to select an OB/GYN provider and clinic. We have been trying to conceive for approximately 6 months and I am looking for someone who can give preconception care along with possible infertility guidance if necessary, AS WELL as give prenatal care once we are able to successfully get pregnant. I need someone who is capable and willing to take on a high-risk pregnancy (thyroid issues and heart condition). We would like to deliver at Good Sam. I have been having pelvic pain in the past week and called to try and get in with Dr. Murray, but was told the soonest she could see me was June 22 since I would be a new patient. The receptionist must have been having a bad day, because she gave me a terrible first impression - seemed annoyed to have someone calling the office wanting to be a new patient for Dr. Murray, or anyone else. I would prefer a female practitioner. Any updated views on Portland OB/GYN clinic or Northwest Women's Clinic? Has anyone had experience with Dr. Laura Van Houten at Portland OB/GYN? What about high-risk pregnancy or fertility issues with Dr. Barrett at Northwest Women's Clinic?

I am 5 weeks pregnant and I have an appointment in a few weeks to see Dr. Sally Wentross at Women's Healthcare Associates. I was wondering if there is anyone out there who delivered with her who would be willing to share whether or not they liked her and why. I would have liked to meet her for an interview first but that is not an option unfortunately. Thank you!

Bad news for the Dr. Cohen fans... she is switching after 26 years in private practice to being a hospitalist at St. Vs (good news for St. V's)...

Time to find a new doctor. Glad this post is still up.

A great OB at OHSU is Dr. Meg O'Reilly. She delivered mine and several of my co-workers children. I had several complications throughout my pregnancy and she was always great.

Another shout-out for Dr. Jenna Murray. I'm a 39 year old first time mom and I just got lucky finding Dr. Murray, and her fantastic colleagues at Bridgeview Women's Health. She always manages to say exactly the right thing to make you feel empowered and supported. I love her!

I moved to Silicon Valley in the middle of my second trimester. I was fortunate to find Dr. Azad (www.doctorazad.com). She's young, but old-fashioned. She does most her own deliveries, answers her phone calls, and only signs out to women OBs. What's best, she was so nice, that by the time I had my third child, she felt like family. I couldn't be happier with her!

I have recently moved to the outskirts of North East Portland and we are hoping to get pregnant very soon. I had such an awful and scary experience with my first pregnancy and birth that I would like to switch clinics all together. In fact Dr.Lonnie Smucker from Providence Cascade Clinic, who was my doctor, is no longer practising medicine to my knowledge. Who has had a great experience with an OBGYN/Family Doctor in NE or Gresham?

I moved here from Louisiana and didn't know who in the world to use for my first pregnancy, which occurred shortly after arriving in Portland. I did extensive research on the best Ob/Gyn doctors in the nation and came up with Dr. Gregory Eilers at Women's Healthcare Associates, LLC (whallc.com ; 503-249-5454). Dr. Eilers was AMAZING!!! He was patient, caring and made me feel like I'd been going to the clinic for years. He answered all my questions, even when I was simply being a hormonal spaz! and never once made me feel silly in the slightest. He answered me with all the detail I wanted about every subject under the rainbow.

Dr. Eilers also accommodated me in that I wanted a C-section but didn't want to schedule it because I wanted my baby to be born on the day he was ordained to enter the world (my son was due to come either end of January or early February 2010 and a day early or late could change his Eastern sign: Tiger or Ox. This was very important to me that he be born when he was intended to). Dr. Eilers was completely understanding of my maternal desires and agreed to come in unscheduled and do the delivery via C-section when I went into labor. What was more, I didn't want another doctor delivering my baby and was adamant that Dr. Eilers be there for the delivery. All of the above is a lot to ask these days, but Dr. Eilers never hesitated in granting my requests and he delivered my son via C-section at 7:30 a.m. when my water broke.

Oh! Dr. Eilers also allowed me to have 2 people in the operating room with me. Policy dictates that the mother can have only one person in the operating room during a C-section, but my hubby REALLY wanted to watch the delivery of our first child and the experience not be impeded by a camera. My mom really wanted a video of little Micah's entrance into the world. Dr. Eilers okayed not only having my mom and hubby in the operating room but also allowed it all to be videoed, which I've heard many doctors don't do because of the benefits of having a video for a law suit, should there be one. Dr. Eilers is an amazing doctor though and had not a single problem with the entire delivery being videoed. He was so kind to let my mom in there at all; this was the birth of her first grandchild and I am her eldest child and best friend.

I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Eilers and Legacy Emanuel Hospital. You will have not a single regret!

So disappointed with my interaction with Bridgeview Women's, where Dr. J. Murray works. Since this was one of the discussions that led me to call them, I thought I'd contribute my experience as a warning to others.

I called them on Monday to see if I could switch over to Dr. Murray. Since I'm into my pregnancy already, they told me to request my medical file transferred and that pending the doctor's review I would be told whether I could switch or not. Since this would put me in a bit of an awkward position with my current practice, as I told that first receptionist who spoke with me on Monday, I double checked that Dr. Murray had appointments for the week I needed to be seen in July and could attend a birth for my due date month. I was told Yes and Yes.

On Thursday, I got a call from another receptionist who informed me neither of my preferred providers (I checked the schedule of two of the doctors) could fit another birth for the month and offered another doctor. Well, one of two things happened: 1-in the two days since I called and checked the doctors I wanted were available a bunch of other already pregnant and somewhat far along ladies called to switch over to these two practitioners, or 2- they pulled the old bait-and-switch on me banking that I would be so excited to join the practice that I would not care who would be my physician. My money's on #2.

On the positive side, neither the receptionists nor the office manager I spoke with to explain my disappointment were rude, so there's a plus.

It's been a while since this post was made but thank you! I'm going to go see Doctor Murray next week for my slightly complicated pregnancy. I have an ovarian teratoma on my right ovary which is concerning me regarding being pregnant with it. After reading these reviews and others I feel more confident about putting my trust in her!

I say no to Jenna Murray clinic with my second pregnancy. Ended up with Csection because of the absence of their care and presence during my first labor.

Went with her practice after reading multiple good reviews about it, particularly here on Urban Mamas. So here's my story.
My pregnancy was with no complications at all but I was there for every single appointment.
I felt rushed in her clinic. She would jump in and out of the room. If you have question she answers so fast that you can barely distinguish the words. Well you get the information from the answer but never truly I felt genuine support and care.
Because of being so fast she has never been late for the appointments.
There is a chance that she will not attend your labor after all so they suggest to meet other doctors. With other doctors the waiting time was a forever. (may be because they answer the questions slower )
Overall their practice is extremely busy and i figured there are 2 options: either you fell rushed or you wait for your appointment for another 40 minutes..

It was my first baby, normal pregnancy and although I had some mixed felling of being unsure to continue or not I just could not find the reason why not...

I feel very sorry that I did not listen to my inner voice... The labor was long (Sunday-Tusday) and 3 on call doctors changed from her clinic and Jenna Murray herself was none of them. She was out of town so I got other doctors during my labor.

The doctors did not feel like your teammates during the process. They would come in just to check on you very rarely. I had no doula, was all on my own with my husband.
Dilated fully in 24 hours and then the baby got stuck.

No suggestions for positions were offered I was left with inexperienced nurse who seemed to see unmediated labor for the first time in her life. She kept looking at me like at dinosaur offering no support or advice at all as well.

I did what I could and after almost 10 hours of unsuccessful pushing, doctor Hullman cam in to check on me. Felt like she was just waiting for me to go to the OR. Not helpful ir supportive. She did not push the Csection right away but did not care either.

They saw I wanted to do everything naturally and kind of left me on my own until I gave up. Not me but my body. The baby was stuck OP and when she finally appeared to check if he was descending I started bleeding and was sent to OR right away.

It was a horrible experience for me...
After the surgery Jenna Murray appeared and was not very interested in how I fell, asked general questions and I wanted just cry when I looked at her.

Even some other midwives advised after my labor that there are so many things that could be done to help baby turn in that position and if nothing would help they would have sent me to the c section earlier.

I had to share to show the experience with this clinic may be it will be helpful to some new moms who are just like me trying to trust based on just web reviews..

Now I am pregnant with baby #2 and researching VBAC options with midwife.

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