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1744 Alcatraz Avenue
South Berkeley, CA, 94703

510-652-1720

Expecting Parents: Prenatal Notes

Expecting Parents: Prenatal Notes

Congratulations on your future baby!

Safety First

Car Seat:  Get a car seat and use it on every ride.  Check out both the infant-only and the convertible infant/toddler varieties.  Install your baby's car seat before the first ride.  We recommend that you get the installation checked at a certified center 866-SEAT-CHECK (732-8243) or www.seatcheck.org can direct you to a nearby inspection facility).

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms:  Make sure your apartment or house is adequately equipped with working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Firearms:  Remove guns from the home or lock them up unloaded and separate from the ammunition.

Vaccinations:  Parents should get Tdap and Influenza (in flu season) vaccines to prevent spreading whooping cough (pertussis) and influenza to newborns.

Decisions, Decisions

  • Birthplace:  Hospital, birth center, or home (with a backup hospital).
  • Pediatrician:  Thank you for your consideration!
  • Feeding:  Breast or formula or both.  PLEASE breastfeed if you can; it’s really best for babies (and Moms). Experts recommend only breastmilk until the breastfeeding is going smoothly.
  • Diapers:  Cloth and/or disposables.
  • Circumcision:  (boys only).
  • Who's going to help in those first few weeks?

What We Do

Newborn Care:  Assuming everything goes as planned, we will see your baby at the hospital sometime during the first day of life (sooner if you plan an early discharge).  We will do home visits on babies born at home if we can.  Let us know if you are planning this, and leave a message at (510) 652-1743 as soon as your baby is born.

We recommend the following state-required procedures for your baby:

  • Erythromycin antibiotic ointment for the eyes to prevent gonorrhea and chlamydia eye infections.
  • A Vitamin K injection to prevent bleeding problems.
  • The Hepatitis B vaccination. 
  • The Newborn Screen, a heel-poke blood test for over 40 rare diseases that can cause severe mental retardation or life threatening metabolic crises if untreated.  It also checks for Sickle Cell and other abnormal hemoglobins and Cystic Fibrosis.
  • Hearing Screening to identify hearing problems as early as possible.

Well Care:  At these visits we discuss the general care and development of your child.  We examine, immunize, and do age-appropriate screening tests on your child.  Please bring along your list of questions to these visits so we can address any concerns you may have.

Well Care Schedule:  3-5 days of age, 1-2 weeks, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, and 24 months and every 6-12 months thereafter. It is always best to check with your child's health insurance carrier with regards to how and when preventative services are covered.

Illness Care:  We can fit sick children into the schedule urgently the same day or within the next few days, as the situation requires.  If your child’s usual practitioner is unavailable, you will need to see whichever MD or PNP has space for these visits.

Office Hours

  • Alcatraz Ave.:  Mon-Fri:  10-12, 2-5
  • San Pablo Ave.:  Mon-Fri:  9-12, 2-5, Some Monday or Thursday evenings.

Appointments

Please allow 1-4 weeks to schedule well visits.  Call as early in the day as possible to arrange sick visits.

After Hours

Your insurance may provide an advice nurse.  Check your insurance card for the number.  If not, or if you need further advice, you may call 510.652.1743 for after-hours contact instructions.  Please do not call after hours for medication refills.

We are also affiliated with the Pediatric Evening Referral Clinic (www.percclinic.com) which has locations in Oakland and San Francisco and can provide pediatric urgent care by appointment on evenings and weekends. 

Emergencies:  A pediatrician is available 24 hours daily for emergencies.  We share emergency call with a select group of pediatricians working in the community.

In the event of a life-threatening emergency, call 911 and request to go to Children's Hospital (unless it’s too far, then use the closest hospital).  The hospital staff can then call the on-call doctor.

Hospital Privileges

Alta Bates–Summit Medical Center, Ashby Campus and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital-Oakland

Contacting Us

You may call for any questions; early, brief advice can prevent unnecessary anxiety and problems.  Please be clear as to how urgently you need a response, and how long you'll be at your phone.  Non-urgent calls are returned at the end of the day.  Please limit calls to 5 minutes; longer discussions are better handled in the office.  You may also e-mail non-urgent questions to the provider of your choice.  We try to check e-mail daily, but it may take 2-3 days to get a response.  Faxing questions also works well. 

Fees

Please pay at the time of service.

We only direct bill insurance companies that have contracts with us (HMOs, PPOs).  Such companies usually list our providers on their website.  They do require that we collect your co-payment at the time of service. We accept cash, checks and credit or debit cards.  Please bring your child’s insurance card to every visit.  We are happy to provide completed insurance claim forms as needed.  It is extremely important that you add your new baby to your insurance as soon as possible.

If your income is limited (even temporarily), your baby and older children may be eligible for free well child check-ups through the CHDP program.  We may also be able to help you apply for Medi-Cal or Healthy Families.  Ask us for details.

There is a fee for missed appointments that are not cancelled 24 hours in advance.

Fee schedule available upon request.

Vaccine Information

Please visit our vaccine page for more information on our vaccine policy and helpful web resources.

Get Connected

Check out the Text4Baby program!  The free app provides critical health and safety information through text messages, and interactive features, including: how your baby is growing each week, your progress and medical updates and fun quizzes.