Mark M. Alwan, MD

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Dr. Alwan is very gentle and soft-spoken (a man of little words!). He's been awarded numberous awards from Loma Linda. He was homebirthed in Egypt and has four (?) kids with his wife. He cared for me for about 1/3 of my fourth pregnancy. I've never met a more gentle care provider for women. I couldn't even feel the vag. exam (seriously, not to be graphic, but this was a very unexpectant and nice surprise). His office in Upland is gorgeous and comfortable. He's in high demand but does everything to deliver all of his mothers. His on-call OB, unfortunately, is VERY vbac unfriendly and pro-interventions. She has a reputation among the PVMCH hospital nurses that she does a lot of controlled deliveries (c-sections), which is a stark contrast to him. (The on-call OB used to be very motherfriendly.) In the end I dropped him from my care because about four wks prior to my due date he started throwing out WEIRD comments like "your pelvis might not be big enough for this baby" (duh, I had two naturally before and I don't grow overly large babies) and when I asked him about how he delivers babies with probable shoulder dystocia he seemed to be irritated and turned to my mother (who accompanied me to that one visit) and asked her, "Does she ever drive you crazy, too?" I know that he's highly recommended for VBAC moms, but I finally left him b/c I never knew if I could trust him in the delivery room. He also started pushing the every three days stress-tests and the amniotic fluid estimations. There are great things about Dr. Alwan, though, and some of them are that he is one of the most natural-birth oriented OB in Southern CA and he encourages his mothers to labor in many positions as untethered as possible (with a heploc in, only, if ok and they request it) and to deliversquatting, if possible. He only pushed a repeat c-section on me at the end, but I didn't need to hear that. He said, "You know, you might not get the vbac experience you want." But it wasn't about just me, it was also about my baby, so I didn't appreciate his surprising negativity at the end of the gestation (I wasn't a dummy & was prepared if that is what needed to happen). For mothers who don't have any interest in vbac/ing he gives them some info. and then does what they ask for. Most OBs don't give you the info. on vbacing like the ACOG recommendsthey do! I'd say that most of his patients use epidurals and only half his vbac moms have vbacs (I asked his nurses for these stats). He does everything he can to make the birth or the surgical delivery a good experience for the mother. But I had a vbac shortly after that with someone more supportive and knowledgeable. I got the impression that as much as he was philosophically low-intervention (unlike your typical run-of-the-mill OB), he'd become tired of me. I know that an OB can't guarantee anything (or shouldn't) and maybe he thought I'd hold him accountable for any less-than-ideal outcome, but I wouldn't have, because that's part of life.

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Dr. Alwan is very gentle and soft-spoken (a man of little words!). He's been awarded numberous awards from Loma Linda. He was homebirthed in Egypt and has four (?) kids with his wife. He cared for me for about 1/3 of my fourth pregnancy. I've never met a more gentle care provider for women. I couldn't even feel the vag. exam (seriously, not to be graphic, but this was a very unexpectant and nice surprise). His office in Upland is gorgeous and comfortable. He's in high demand but does everything to deliver all of his mothers. His on-call OB, unfortunately, is VERY vbac unfriendly and pro-interventions. She has a reputation among the PVMCH hospital nurses that she does a lot of controlled deliveries (c-sections), which is a stark contrast to him. (The on-call OB used to be very motherfriendly.) In the end I dropped him from my care because about four wks prior to my due date he started throwing out WEIRD comments like "your pelvis might not be big enough for this baby" (duh, I had two naturally before and I don't grow overly large babies) and when I asked him about how he delivers babies with probable shoulder dystocia he seemed to be irritated and turned to my mother (who accompanied me to that one visit) and asked her, "Does she ever drive you crazy, too?" I know that he's highly recommended for VBAC moms, but I finally left him b/c I never knew if I could trust him in the delivery room. He also started pushing the every three days stress-tests and the amniotic fluid estimations. There are great things about Dr. Alwan, though, and some of them are that he is one of the most natural-birth oriented OB in Southern CA and he encourages his mothers to labor in many positions as untethered as possible (with a heploc in, only, if ok and they request it) and to deliversquatting, if possible. He only pushed a repeat c-section on me at the end, but I didn't need to hear that. He said, "You know, you might not get the vbac experience you want." But it wasn't about just me, it was also about my baby, so I didn't appreciate his surprising negativity at the end of the gestation (I wasn't a dummy & was prepared if that is what needed to happen). For mothers who don't have any interest in vbac/ing he gives them some info. and then does what they ask for. Most OBs don't give you the info. on vbacing like the ACOG recommendsthey do! I'd say that most of his patients use epidurals and only half his vbac moms have vbacs (I asked his nurses for these stats). He does everything he can to make the birth or the surgical delivery a good experience for the mother. But I had a vbac shortly after that with someone more supportive and knowledgeable. I got the impression that as much as he was philosophically low-intervention (unlike your typical run-of-the-mill OB), he'd become tired of me. I know that an OB can't guarantee anything (or shouldn't) and maybe he thought I'd hold him accountable for any less-than-ideal outcome, but I wouldn't have, because that's part of life.

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Mark M. Alwan, MD Office Locations:

1798 North Garey Avenue

Pomona, CA, CA 91767

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909-989-7282

440 North Mountain Avenue

Upland, CA, CA 91786

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