It has taken me several years to be able to write a review for Dr. Laurie Green because of how upset I was.
In short, she is highly experienced, accredited, and educated, she may still be the best choice for you if you are 67 years old with triplets.
I strongly encourage EVERYONE ELSE to leave her practice at the first sign of any red flags.
It took me months to feel courageous enough to leave her practice and it was the best decision I made for myself.
Since leaving her office I have come to find out that many nurses, doulas, and other moms agree with my assessment of her reputation.
Don’t let her educational accolades fool you, she is way beyond interested in providing quality care to all of her patients.
IMHO, I think she just needs to retire, she isn’t doing a good job anymore.
Many of her “good” reviews even mention her horrible bedside manner the bar for decent care in SF is just super low.
Here are just a few of the highlights from my experience with her:
1. During a typical 4-month pregnancy visit Dr. Green thrusts two fingers in my anus and proceeds to wipe fecal matter on a piece of special paper in front of me (and my husband who was sitting right next to me).
I turn to my husband with wide eyes and then turn to her and suggest she entered the wrong hole. (I was so shocked I barely even knew what to say).
This was her response almost verbatim: I am testing you for colon cancer. I didn’t want to tell you because the warning may have made you tense up.
She was testing me for colon cancer in response to an answer I provided on one of her forms about how some of my close relatives had passed away.
First of all, you can’t find an oncologist who would a) ever conduct that type of screening test and b) do so on a patient as young as I was.
But never mind that, testing someone for *anything* without telling them, asking permission, or warning them is simply outrageous if not sexual assault.
My husband and I spent most of the day in shock about the visit, it was so egregious it was difficult to even process.
2. I had severe and extreme nausea for the first 6 months of my pregnancy and I would complain about struggling to even leave my house which was in turn causing me some sadness.
She would say rude things like “I have other patients who can’t stop throwing up and they are on IV drips every week, so at least you don’t have that”.
Nevertheless I continued to mention that I was struggling and asked if there was a doula or support person I could hire to help me physically or emotionally, she responded “it’s too early to provide you with a list of doulas you can hire”, and only after asking for 3 appointments in a row did she begrudgingly acquiesce and provide me with an (outdated) list of doulas.
She was never once supportive, compassionate, or helpful in trying to provide me some relief.
She would say “well, I could give you depression meds but the nausea will be over before they start working…”.
This contrasts so starkly with another doctor I ended up seeing who was apologetic, recommended a therapist who specializes in women’s health issues and connected me with a pregnancy support group to feel a sense of community during the difficult times.
I ended up seeing the therapist who was immensely helpful.
I just needed some temporary additional support but Dr. Green is so disinterested in helping with common pregnancy conditions she can’t even take the time to explore solutions.
3. She is perpetually in a rush. My husband and I began prioritizing our list of questions because we knew we couldn’t ever get her to stay in the room for all of them.
She would begin answering questions while walking out of the room, literally.
Her voice would just trail off down the hall as she walked away.
I encourage all of you to ask your insurance to explain what length of time her appointments are billed at.
You may not be surprised to find out that she bills insurance for more than the 8.5 minutes she is in the room with you.
Yet makes you feel like a freak for coming to an appointment with a few questions that may require 10 minutes of her time.
Don’t take my word for it, just notice the amount of time she spends with you.
Does she ask if you have additional questions? Does she stand by the door and walk out without ending the appointment?
4. By matter of practice, I was never once asked by a nurse or Dr. Green to change out of my pants and put a robe/cloth on in preparation for a visit with Dr. Green.
She consistently requested that I undress while she was in the room talking to me (pretty hard to listen attentively or take notes while changing) or even worse, almost always undressed me herself.
I had over-the-bump leggings on and she would just fish her hands right up my shirt all the way to my bra and yank my pants down and leave them around my thighs/knees while she listened to babies heartbeat etc.
Again, at best, wildly inappropriate, boarding on assault at worst.