FAQ : Resources
Frequently Asked Questions about Dr. Ben-Yehuda’s Practice
Q: What hospitals are you affiliated with?
A: Providence Tarzana Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley.
Q: How many babies have you delivered?
A: The number is in the thousands by now. I have been delivering babies since starting residency in 1992.
Q: What’s your C-section rate?
A: The rate changes from year to year with a low of 15.5% to a high of 19%. These numbers change based on patients seen who had a C/Section in the past and decline/accept an attempt at a Vaginal Birth After C/Section (VBAC). These numbers compare favorably with the rates at Cedars (about 25%) and Tarzana (about 33%).
Q: Will you be the one to deliver my baby?
A: In general, YES! Like any single practitioner, I will occasionally be away for family vacations and emergencies. In those scenarios, I always arrange for backup with a trusted and able colleague. However, I always intend to deliver all of my patients.
Q: What makes your practice different?
A: There are a few things that stand out. First, for my OB patients, I “push” with all my patients in labor rather than just showing up at the last minute to deliver the baby. Almost all services my OB patients need are done in our office, including ultrasounds and blood draws, so they never have to leave the office or see another specialist. I speak Spanish, Hebrew and English. And finally, I hear from patients that they like the amount of time I spend with them and that they never feel rushed. Our office does not double book appointment times so there is usually no wait when patients arrive. Obstetrical patients are “capped” at 15 per month so they each get the individual attention they deserve without me needing to leave the office for multiple deliveries or being too tired from having been up all night before. We also host prenatal classes for first-time moms.
Q: Do you see “high risk” patients?
A: YES! We see every patient who is pregnant, no matter the predisposing “risk” (twins, diabetes, previous C/Section, history of preterm labor, etc.) Through my years of teaching and training I have vast experience in optimizing outcomes for patients with multiple medical issues during pregnancy.
Q: Are you taking new patients?
A: While we do cap deliveries at a certain amount each month to ensure personalized care for each patient, we are able to accept most patients who are interested.
Q: What insurance plans to you accept?
A: Provider contracts are negotiated annually. Please call the office for the updated list of insurance plans we accept. We do not accept any HMO plans at this time.
Breastfeeding information and lactation support:
- In the Valley – The Pump Connection: http://www.thepumpconnection.com
- In the City (and now in Westlake too) – The Pump Station: http://www.pumpstation.com
- American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Initiatives Web site: http://www.aap.org/breastfeeding/
- La Leche League of San Fernando Valley, California: La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. http://www.lllusa.org/web/SanFernandoValleyCA.html
Questions about prenatal care, labor, delivery and post partum care?
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, ACOG, provides many health education materials on-line. Click here for general information on what to expect. You and Your Baby: Prenatal Care, Labor and Delivery, and Postpartum Care
Chiropractic care for pregnant women (and everyone):
- Erik D. Lee, D.C. http://riversidehealthcenter.com/eriklee.htm
Vaccinations: The CDC has general information about vaccinations.
Questions about Menopause?
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, ACOG, provides many health education materials on Menopause.
Book on caring for newborns:
- I recommend this book or DVD: “Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer” by Harvey Karp, M.D. http://happiestbaby.com