[Parentsgroup-list] Referrals for HUHS OB/GYN physician

Ryan Larsen rlarsen at deas.harvard.edu
Tue Aug 7 22:33:19 EDT 2007

Brigham's was also fine for us, as were the doctors (Nurse practitioner 
Fran is my favorite for doctor visits). Although I distinctly didn't 
like Dr. Olsen during doctor visits, he was great during the actual 
delivery. He was calm, funny, and even timed the delivery just right so 
that we could stay an extra night in the hospital if we wanted to (the 
baby was born at 8:01 p.m., after some leisurely pushing), which was a 
lot considering that game 2 of the Red Sox world series was starting 
right at that moment. I had a 2-yr-old at home, so the extra night was a 
boon and aided my recovery (although my poor 2-yr-old was traumatized).
Good luck!

Tzippy Russ-Fishbane wrote:

> I am currently seeing Beth Hardiman at Mt. Auburn and highly recommend 
> her-though I have 6 weeks till my due date and have not experienced a 
> l&d with her yet. She (and the midwife she works with) have been 
> wonderful during the past few months-including some very frightening 
> moments. My  previous delivery was overseas so I can't comment on the 
> UHS docs or the Brigham during l&d or during a postpartum period but I 
> can tell you that I saw Dr.Olson following a miscarriage a while back. 
> He was very professional and very kind as were all the nurses and 
> other docs at the Brigham who helped us during that time. They went 
> out of their way to give us special care and privacy at the hospital.
> Good luck-
> Tzippy
> */Sascha Russel <russel at amber.mgh.harvard.edu>/* wrote:
>     Dear all,
>     It is amazing b/c everyone has different opinions about Doctors! So I
>     really recommend you meet them all for yourself and make your own
>     decision.
>     We started out wanting a female doctor too. I was unimpressed with
>     Guzeliean
>     during our first few appointments- she didn't engage us in the
>     conversations
>     we wanted to have early on- about natural childbirth etc.. She
>     said oh-
>     there is tons of time to discuss this stuff later ( it's not true
>     though b/c
>     if you want to change OB's its hard to find one that has room
>     after the
>     first few months- we tried!) So we started meeting the other OB's
>     at HUHS.
>     Oleson seemed really nice (though Male), and Girard(I'm only half
>     sure this
>     was her name- I can't remember), who we met last I really liked,
>     and if I
>     had met her sooner we might have stayed at HUHS. So.. In the end
>     we moved
>     to the midwives at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center- in JP.
>     They are
>     part of a big practice of community midwives and they all deliver
>     at the
>     brigham. We really liked all the midwives we met. They are backed
>     up by
>     the OB practice at the Brigham (mostly Residents backed up by
>     attendings).
>     In the end we had a c-section b/c our baby was huge ( 11.5
>     pounds!) that the
>     residents preformed. I am healing very fast- pretty much normal at
>     2 weeks
>     now- and we were very happy with the OB's. We live near Longwood,
>     so the
>     midwife practice at the Brigham was easier for us. We had midwife
>     Laura
>     Simondi- but I think they'd all be good. They referred us to
>     specialists and
>     services at the Brigham and Children's as needed, and I'd highly
>     recommend
>     them. Feel free to write with more questions.
>     Sascha
>     > Dear all,
>     >
>     > My husband and I wanted to get feedback from this list on
>     Harvard UHS's OB/GYN
>     > physicians. I would prefer a female doctor, and I believe the
>     three on staff
>     > are Karen Girard, Gail Guzelian, and Lalita Haines. The factors
>     we are most
>     > concerned about are whether the physician has a good bed-side
>     manner and if
>     > she
>     > is comfortable in dealing with difficult, long labor (rather
>     than immediately
>     > pushing for a cesarean).
>     >
>     > Any feedback--positive or negative--would be extremely appreciated.
>     >
>     > Many thanks in advance for your help!
>     >
>     > Best wishes,
>     > Harmony
>     >
>     > (Apologies in advance if this conversation has come up before.
>     I've been on
>     > the
>     > list for a while but couldn't find a thread on this particular
>     topic.)
>     >
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