Frequently Asked Questions

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?
Providence St Johns Hospital offers birthing, breastfeeding and infant care classes. There are also classes available in the community which you can research online.

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 First OB Appointment?
Patients are usually seen 7-8 weeks from the first day of their last period for the first obstetric appointment. Please call us after your positive pregnancy test and we will help advise you.

What Are Your Hours and Locations?
Santa Monica office:
2001 Santa Monica Blvd Suite 970-W
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 829-7878
Open Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm

Playa Vista office:
12555 West Jefferson Blvd Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(424) 443-4436
Open Monday – Friday 9 am- 4:30 pm

What Hospital Handles Your Deliveries?
All of our patients are delivered at Providence St Johns Hospital. The hospital offers 24 hour in house anesthesia and a neonatology.  St Johns also offers a 24 hour Obstetrician laborist program.

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 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.