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Dr. Claire M Weitz has the following 2 specialties
- Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Maternal & Fetal Medicine
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This is my first pregnancy and I can say I have really enjoyed Dr. Weitz as my OB. She was very helpful in answering everything she could for me. Visits were swift which personally I liked, and scheduling was always easy. I always seem to be running late, but they would have no problem getting me seen within 5 minutes! She was very straight forward, and returned my calls within an hr always.
I was pregnant with my first child at 38 and would deliver at age 39. There had been suggestions that all was not right with my body, such as racing pulse when I went for walks, and days on end where I would ache in every bone in my body. So I called up Johns Hopkins' ob/gyn clinic and asked who they recommended as a high risk obstetrician. They gave me Dr. Weitz' name. When I went to see her she explained that she was not yet board certified but would be by the time I delivered. So I let her be my doc. I explained about the racing pulse and the aching. I have no idea whether she documented these things, and as you will see, I suspect not. She said everything would go smoothly and that I would be her first chance at a natural childbirth delivery. Two months into the pregnancy, my feet swelled up so bad that they went numb, my fingers swelled, and I developed a slightly red raised rash on my cheekbone areas. I showed everything to her. My friends remember all about it. Dr. Weitz asked, "Have you ever been checked for lupus?" I told her no. I assumed she would order whatever testing was needed. Wrong assumption! When it came time for the sonogram, I could see the monitor, and I couldn't even tell where the head was, or limbs or anything. But apparently that was okay with her as long as I didn't catch on. But you see, I had a doctoral degree in a health field, and I did catch on that there was no way that she could tell anything from that lousy dysfunctioning machine. So on the followup visit I did say, "I couldn't see that there was closure of the spinal cord, coulld you? I couldn't see that there were even any arms or legs, could you?" Then she sked me if I intended an abortion if there were severe birth defects. I felt like shouting, Why do you think people pay for a sonogram!!! But I didn't. I just said yes. But I could sense disapproval, which I didn't appreciate. She did remark that there had been another patient of hers, likewise a health care practitioner, who had also demanded a repeat of the sonogram. I felt like saying, "And if they are none the wiser, you just let it pass?" But I didn't. For the repeat sonogram it was on a different machine that actually functioned. I thought I knew exactly when our child had been conceived, and made a prediction for the birth date based on that. But did the doc ask for my input on that? Nope! Her guess was a week or two later than mine. She was wrong. I went into labor on the exact date I had predicted. I called her at 9 AM and and told her I had been having ever increasing labor contractions since about 9 PM the night before. I do try to be pleasant to people when I talk to them. But she responded that I wasn't sounding nasty enough to be in labor. However, I insisted that I needed to come to the hospital. So I went in, and she hooked up a band around my waist to measure contractions. Apparently she didn't have it well positioned, because it wasn't measuring the severe contractions that I was feeling. She said I wasn't in labor, and she sent me home. The contractions were so severe that I could hardly walk, and as soon as I got in my front door, my water broke. We called her and immediately went back to the hospital. She never did verbally admit to me that I was in labor. She never did an episiotomy so my cervix ripped. Oh, how painful that was. All I got was some demerol, which made me vomit and hallucinate. At 9 PM she delivered my baby, without ever saying, yes, you're in labor. The swelling in my fingers never did go down. My feet took a year from delivery to de-swell enough to regain some sensation. I still have some residual numbness in a couple of the toes. The red rash on my cheeks persisted. The aching in my bones continued. Finally a flair up of elbow tendonitis and rotator cuff pain prompted my first visit to a rheumatologist. My antinuclear antibodies (ANA) were sky high: 1:2560, where over1:40 was abnormal. Curious, I wrote to Dr. Weiss to see what her ANA test had shown (remember her question about possible lupus?) Turns out she had never bothered to do the test, nor had she ever documented my symptoms. You see if she had documented what was happening, she would have been obligated to do the test. But apparently she just felt too busy to bother. So I went another 11 years wondering what the heck was wrong with me. It turns out that I have the anticentromere antibodies and have slowly been developing limited systemic sclerosis. By the time an echocardiogram was finally done on my heart, it showed I was in stage 2 left ventricular diastolic dysfunction due probably to muscle stiffening fron the systemic sclerosis. Yes, there really was something wrong with my heart probably even at the time of the pregnancy. And that's probably why my ankles swelled so badly. I apparently had autoimmune disease at the time, and yet she was too busy to order an ANA test. If she had done one and it showed the autoimmune disease, she might have had to advise against natural childbirth. Oh, and then she would have had to wait to have her first natural childbirth case on someone else. So no, we'll just not document these signs and symptoms, nor do the testing.
Patients' Choice Award (2009)
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39 Years Experience
Albany Medical College
Graduated in 1979
Johns Hopkins Health System
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Locations & DirectionsPerinatal Associates, 6565 N Charles St Ste 406, Towson, MD
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