Are you accepting new patients?
Yes. We are accepting new patients in every area of our practice. Please phone for an appointment.
Are your physicians board certified?
Yes, all of our physicians are board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Do the doctors manage high-risk pregnancies?
Our practice is well respected in the community for its unique ability to handle high-risk pregnancies. We have special relationships with top-rated Perinatal and Ultrasound consultants that allow us to manage high-risk pregnancies safely in a way that still allows patients to feel like they’re receiving care in a warm private-practice setting as opposed to a clinic.
Do you encourage spouses to be involved?
Absolutely. Your partner or spouse is more than welcome to every visit and ultrasound and will play a large role in support for the pregnancy and birth.
Do you offer any classes?
We offer birthing, breastfeeding, and infant-care classes in our office taught by one of the wonderful St. Johns labor and delivery nurses.
Do you use a nurse practitioner?
No, only the doctors in the practice deliver medical care and provide medical advice to the patients in our practice.
How do I contact a doctor after hours?
If you call our regular office number, (310) 829-7878 an answering service will connect you with the doctor on call night or day.
When should I make my 1st OB appt?
Patients are usually seen at 6 to 7 weeks since their last period for their first appointment, but please call immediately after your positive pregnancy test to discuss your particular situation and needs. Depending on your age, medical history and genetic issues, you may need to be seen earlier or scheduled for specific tests.
What are your office hours?
Appointments are available from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Our physicians are always on call.
What hospital handles your deliveries?
We are proud to deliver out of the new state-of-the-art St. Johns obstetrical wing. The hospital offers 24-hour anesthesia, a highly rated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, lactation consultants, an excellent nursing staff and beautiful facilities.
What if the doctor is not on my insurance plan?
We will gladly submit a bill for you to any insurance carrier. We will ask you to pay for your visit at the time of service and then you will be reimbursed either by us or by your insurance carrier directly for covered services. Please contact your insurance carrier to determine your out-of-network benefits or speak to Sinead or Delores in our office with further questions.
What is your general philosophy?
Our practice is unique in that we all hold the same general philosophy regarding pregnancy and childbirth. Our goal is to achieve a healthy pregnancy and delivery for every mother and child in our practice. We treat our patients with the utmost respect and try to make the childbirth experience as happy and memorable as it can be.
What is your philosophy about pain relief?
St. Johns offers 24 hour labor and delivery dedicated anesthesia. If you choose to use an epidural for pain management in labor, you may receive one at any time. If you choose a medication-free birth we will support you in that endeavor as well.
What is your policy about doulas?
Some doulas can offer great support in labor and in the postpartum period. Please ask us for a referral if you wish to use the services of a doula.
What percentage of your patients do you deliver?
Each of our doctors tries to be present for every delivery of their own obstetrical patients. Although the doctors deliver at least 90% of their own patients we do ask patients to meet with a few other doctors in the practice at some point in the pregnancy just in case a situation should arrive that their own doctor can’t be present.
Where are you located?
Our office is located at 2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 970-W near the St. John’s Medical Center in the city of Santa Monica. Click here to get directions from your location, or get a printable map by by clicking here.