COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some temporary changes to our office. It is our top priority that all our patients and staff remain safe and healthy! Read more...
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some temporary changes to our office. It is our top priority that all our patients and staff remain safe and healthy!
Update: Effective May 10, 2021
OB patients can have one guest with them for their appointments. Guests will have to wait in the lobby on the first floor until the patient is roomed and then the patient can call their guest to come up and join them in their room after checking in at the front desk. Proof of vaccination is greatly appreciated!
GYN patients will continue to come to their appointments alone so that we can safely control the amount of people in our office at any one time to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
If you are fully vaccinated and can provide proof of your vaccination you do not need to quarantine after traveling!
These guidelines still remain in effect:
When you do come to the office please wear a mask and wash and sanitize your hands frequently. These measures are for your safety and to help the spread of the virus. As soon as it appears safe to do so, these restrictions will be lifted and we will let you know when the time is there! Meanwhile, stay safe!
TO OUR PATIENTS: We are grateful that we have not had any increases to our self-pay pricing for over 10 years... Read more...
We are grateful that we have not had any increases to our self-pay pricing for over 10 years. Effective March 1, 2021, our self-pay fees are changing to continue to provide quality services. Please inquire for further information.
We have a 24-hour cancellation/rescheduling policy. Your appointments are very important to us as they are reserved specifically for you. We understand that things come up and adjustments may be necessary. Kindly call to give us at least a 24-hour notice if you are unable to make your appointment so that we may offer that time to another patient.
A $50 fee will be charged for “no show/no call” appointments & appointments not cancelled/rescheduled prior to 24-hours. Due to the large number of requests for the completion of forms such as state disability, FMLA, PFL, work excuse notes, etc., there is a $15 charge for each form or letter. Payment is due when the forms or request are submitted to our office. Make sure that you have provided all your information on the forms prior to submission.
Thank you for your understanding.
TELEMEDICINE UPDATE: We have some great news for you! We have introduced Telemedicine into our practice and it is a great tool for those of you that already have been to our office before, and have a problem that does not require a physical exam. Read more...
We have some great news for you! We have introduced Telemedicine into our practice and it is a great tool for those of you that already have been to our office before, and have a problem that does not require a physical exam. For example, if you have questions about your birth control, have symptoms of a UTI and need a prescription, or have a yeast infection, we are just a tap away! If we believe the problem warrants an in-office visit, we will schedule accordingly. If you want to set up a Telemedicine appointment, call the office and you will be given the information you need and a time for the visit at your convenience. Patients that are new to our office will still have to come in person for their first visit.
"The best gyno I've ever been to. Always a quick in and out! The staff is so nice and they actually care about you. I will continue to come here for all my needs."
"Dr. Kaiser is truly wonderful! She made me feel comfortable. This was my first visit and she took her time with me. She has a special energy. I feel very lucky to have found her. All the staff was very sweet, warm & helpful! Thank you!"
AWC’s natural childbirth plan is simple! Our philosophy is that most women who desire natural childbirth can accomplish this goal if given the freedom and support they need during the labor process. We believe that you can achieve a “home birth experience” in the hospital with the right team and a little planning.
AWC’s plan for your natural childbirth experience include the following elements/options:
We love to see patients make the hospital room their own. Things like wearing your own clothes, soft lighting and soothing music, comforting snacks and drinks, and your support team (of course!) always at your side make all the difference. Feel free to make your labor room all you would love it to be—a place that is not only eminently safe but that is filled with a homey, yet "magical" ambiance. You can bring your own music, electronic candles, aromatherapy, cushy pillows from home, and your favorite “big T-shirt” or robe. Creating a calm, home-like environment reduces stress levels for both you and your support team and enhances your natural production of endorphins (your body’s natural pain killer), which help reduce the intensity of contraction pains. One more thought: birthing in a tranquil, softly lit environment makes those moments after birth a gentler transition time for your baby.
Doulas are an important and respected member of the birthing team. While we are focused on supporting and supervising a safe birth, your doula is total there just for you and your family. Your doula will support you physically, emotionally and spiritually during the most important experience in y our life. We encourage you to explore the use of a professional doula. Please see our resources page for links to local doula organizations and websites. We love, love, love doulas!!!
If you have no risk factors or conditions that would require IV access, we prefer that you stay hydrated by drinking sips of water or ice chips during labor. In a normal, low-risk labor, there is usually no need for IV fluids. In some instances, however, use of IV antibiotics during labor may be necessary. If this is the case with you, you will be provided with an IV saline lock, which can be connected/disconnected as needed to allow for plenty of freedom of movement for things like usage of the shower and bathroom.
We encourage you to be as active as possible during labor. Walk, squat, use the exercise ball, sit in the rocking chair, get in the shower or bath, get on all fours, and do pelvic tilts. We will encourage you to use whatever position makes you comfortable! Check out one of our favorite books, Active Birth, for great ideas and stories about labor and birth.
We believe it is generally best to avoid continuous fetal monitoring during normal deliveries. However, we do need to check on how your baby is handling the contractions from time to time. This can be done by means of either a hand-held Doppler (like the one used in your prenatal visits) or by brief episodes of electronic fetal monitoring during labor.
We prefer that you push in the position you find to be most comfortable and that is most effective in moving your baby down the birth canal. Most patients like to push on their sides or by utilizing a squat bar. Or in any position comfortable in the birthing tub. We never use stirrups in normal natural labor, but our birthing beds are equipped with foot rests and grip handles, which can be adjusted and customized to your needs to help you gain maximum leverage. A squat bar is available for you to use if you feel it is helpful. Bottom line: we encourage you to try pushing in whatever position seems to work best for you!
Episiotomy (cutting the vaginal opening) is NOT a routine procedure at AWC. We believe in the competent design of our bodies, and episiotomy is certainly not part of that philosophy. During the crowning phase, we will apply vitamin-E oil and use a perineal massage to help reduce tearing. We will coach you on how to push in a gentle, controlled manner that will allow your baby to come slowly over the perineum, thus minimizing tearing.
The first moments after your baby is born are magical and precious. We want you to hold your baby, skin to skin, immediately after delivery!
Once your baby is born, we will place him/her on your chest. All medical care not of immediate urgency, including cord clamping, can be delayed until you have had the opportunity to hold and bond with your baby. Some babies will even latch and start nursing right after birth. We encourage you to give it a try!
You have the option to accept or decline antibiotic eye ointment application, vitamin K prophylaxis, and hepatitis-B vaccination. We recommend that you talk about these treatments with your provider so that you are fully informed about your decision.
Our hospitals do not have a newborn nursery, and your healthy baby will remain at your bedside throughout your hospital stay. NICU is reserved only for newborns requiring immediate medical attention or observation.
Our philosophy is that most healthy women can achieve a normal labor and delivery with minimal intervention. As long as mom and baby are healthy and stable, we try to wait as long as possible before suggesting any interventions. We will always try other alternatives, if appropriate and safe, before discussing intervention options with you.
Some women find that they need help with pain management during labor. Some need only a little help, while others need a lot, and we will adjust to your needs. Options we might try, before using narcotic analgesics or an epidural, would be hot packs, massage, warm shower/bathtub soak, position changes, calming the room, aroma therapy, and Yoga breathing. (Many of these techniques are taught in your childbirth preparation classes). If you find that these are not helpful/desirable, then we can guide you on selecting the right analgesic and get you comfortable as soon as possible. While epidural anesthesia may not be a first-choice scenario for you, it’s important to be educated about all your options, so you can make an informed and wise decision. Here are Dr. Kaiser’s thoughts on how to best use epidural anesthesia. Be sure to discuss pain management options with your provider at your next prenatal visit and ask any questions you might have about analgesia for labor.
Artificial rupture of membranes (AROM) is not a routine practice at AWC. We prefer laboring moms to rupture membranes spontaneously as a normal course of the labor process.
AROM should be reserved for situations where this intervention would provide needed relief, likely aid the natural progression of labor, and/or help to avoid other interventions.
We seldom induce labor, but in certain cases, a solid medical reason for doing so may exist. If all is well, we prefer to wait for labor to begin on its own, but if you pass 41 weeks and still have not delivered your baby, we need to start a discussion about planning an induction. In the meantime, we would be monitoring your amniotic fluid and your baby’s heart rate to make sure it is still safe to wait it out for a while longer. We do support the safe use of certain homeopathic/herbal preparations for labor induction where appropriate.
Oxytocin augmentation during labor is not routine but can be very helpful in achieving a vaginal birth if labor progress slows. Augmentation is only applied when absolutely necessary and very likely to prove beneficial. We do not use oxytocin to “hurry” the process of normal birth.
Average postpartum hospital stays are about 48 hours. However, some families prefer early discharge if all is well with mom and baby. You can go home after 24 hours or less if there are no postpartum complications and your pediatrician feels that your baby does not need continued observation. If you think you might prefer early discharge after delivery, talk with your provider about it at your next prenatal visit.
Remember, we are partners in your care and want to work towards providing the best experience possible. Make sure to put together your list of questions and ideas so we can discuss them at your next prenatal appointment.
"Quite honestly, I was stunned by how magical the entire staff was. I literally called my mom after to give her my glowing review. Never in my life have I had such a good experience at the gynecologist - the entire staff was so warm, it almost made me feel like part of the family. 10/10 won't be going anywhere else in the future."
"Dr. Bente Kaiser is one of the nicest and proactive gynecologists I've ever been too. I've been having medical issues for a few weeks and went to a different doctor and they were no help until I found this practice! They were so eager to help me and figure out what was wrong! It was so nice and relieving to find a doctor who actually cared about their patients! I highly recommend them!"
It is our pleasure to welcome you to our bright, spacious, and eminently comfortable women's care office. We are located in CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, on the 7th floor of the Doctor’s Tower, with panoramic views of the Franklin Hills and Downtown Los Angeles.
We have a spacious general waiting area with comfortable seating, quick access to the receptionist and a family waiting room where your toddler can safely roam. Our restrooms and exam rooms are welcoming and discrete. Many procedures, diagnostic testing and laboratory studies can be completed in-house making your visit even more convenient.
We understand that doctor’s visits may make you a little apprehensive and uncomfortable, but we will always do everything possible to keep you as comfortable as we can while you are a guest in our office. Please let any of our staff know if there is anything else we can provide you with to make you feel more at ease!
"I loved Dr. Kaiser. She was the best. Made me feel very comfortable she was very knowledgeable. Every time I would email her with a concern she would reply the same day! I went there because I was pregnant, I'm so glad I chose her for the journey and she also birthed my baby. I recently had to change doctors due to location however if I could have stayed with All Women's Care I would have."