Dawn M. Frankwick, MD

★★★☆☆
  • 10330 Meridian Avenue North Suite 200

    Seattle, WA 98133

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  • 206-368-6644

About Dawn M. Frankwick, MD

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  • Ob-Gyn

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OB for an uncomplicated twin pregnancy. I chose her because she can do breech for Twin B, and was willing to wait to at least 40 weeks. She was pleasant, and very nice when my son came to appts. She did her own follow-up calls which was nice. She was mostly gentle but very cold hands on checkups. She was very direct with her opinions and preferences. Direct but not really thorough or explanatory. Visits were short. 10 min. She forgot details sometimes, such as advising me to eat more red meat even though I'm vegetarian (not giving other iron options). She also had a substitute assistant who didn't realize I was pregnant with twins. She did not help me find current literature when I had questions, such as placental degradation, and when I asked about evidence for inducing twins. (I know how to read literature, she said "there is nothing I can tell you.") She used phrases like "you have everything to lose" when trying to convince me for an induction. This is a a phrase I think no pregnant woman should ever have to hear. Ever. Also, I had no "red flags" on any measure ever taken. Yet, she offered an induction in 2 days at week 39, as her way of telling me she would be going on a "personal growth" trip for 6 days over my Due date. (Surprise! This is after knowing my birth plan preference for an unmedicated delivery.) She did not have another specific dr in her place, and would not "let" me meet any of the other OBs on call first to ask about their twin or breech experience. Only told me "they are qualified." She also scheduled an automatic induction for when she would be back (day after my due date), without even a check-up or asking me. I never consented to this, as I'd only have an induction if there was a documental medical necessity. I ended up switching providers while I was in labor at home, to a new hospital, where I delivered with mild medication, vaginal with Baby B breech with a midwife and awesome OB. Born 2 hrs short of due date. Both healthy, spontaneous labor. Also she kept telling me she was "sure" they'd both be over 6 lbs, but only one was. I kept telling her I thought they'd be smaller, and besides prediction data aren't that reliable anyway according to the research literature. OVERALL: Dr Frankwick was pleasant enough, but a very "stereotypical" impersonal OB whom I thought acted very unprofessionally, unethically, and irresponsibly especially in the end of my pregnancy. I would expect at least communication to me that she'd be out of town, not 8 days before I was due with twins. I know she knew these plans WELL ahead of time, and never told me. When I chose her at 12 weeks, that was my first question, and she assured me she'd be in town. An emergency is one thing, but I perceive this as a deliberate way to try to get me into a "scheduled" birth with an aggressive induction. (more convenient for them). Good luck if this is your provider. Office staff mostly great. Nurse/assistants nice, but sometimes didn't use best practices with patient communication (e.g., they "assumed" I'd want an automatic C-S and made comments as such.)

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★★☆☆☆

OB for an uncomplicated twin pregnancy. I chose her because she can do breech for Twin B, and was willing to wait to at least 40 weeks. She was pleasant, and very nice when my son came to appts. She did her own follow-up calls which was nice. She was mostly gentle but very cold hands on checkups. She was very direct with her opinions and preferences. Direct but not really thorough or explanatory. Visits were short. 10 min. She forgot details sometimes, such as advising me to eat more red meat even though I'm vegetarian (not giving other iron options). She also had a substitute assistant who didn't realize I was pregnant with twins. She did not help me find current literature when I had questions, such as placental degradation, and when I asked about evidence for inducing twins. (I know how to read literature, she said "there is nothing I can tell you.") She used phrases like "you have everything to lose" when trying to convince me for an induction. This is a a phrase I think no pregnant woman should ever have to hear. Ever. Also, I had no "red flags" on any measure ever taken. Yet, she offered an induction in 2 days at week 39, as her way of telling me she would be going on a "personal growth" trip for 6 days over my Due date. (Surprise! This is after knowing my birth plan preference for an unmedicated delivery.) She did not have another specific dr in her place, and would not "let" me meet any of the other OBs on call first to ask about their twin or breech experience. Only told me "they are qualified." She also scheduled an automatic induction for when she would be back (day after my due date), without even a check-up or asking me. I never consented to this, as I'd only have an induction if there was a documental medical necessity. I ended up switching providers while I was in labor at home, to a new hospital, where I delivered with mild medication, vaginal with Baby B breech with a midwife and awesome OB. Born 2 hrs short of due date. Both healthy, spontaneous labor. Also she kept telling me she was "sure" they'd both be over 6 lbs, but only one was. I kept telling her I thought they'd be smaller, and besides prediction data aren't that reliable anyway according to the research literature. OVERALL: Dr Frankwick was pleasant enough, but a very "stereotypical" impersonal OB whom I thought acted very unprofessionally, unethically, and irresponsibly especially in the end of my pregnancy. I would expect at least communication to me that she'd be out of town, not 8 days before I was due with twins. I know she knew these plans WELL ahead of time, and never told me. When I chose her at 12 weeks, that was my first question, and she assured me she'd be in town. An emergency is one thing, but I perceive this as a deliberate way to try to get me into a "scheduled" birth with an aggressive induction. (more convenient for them). Good luck if this is your provider. Office staff mostly great. Nurse/assistants nice, but sometimes didn't use best practices with patient communication (e.g., they "assumed" I'd want an automatic C-S and made comments as such.)

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My doctor is another doctor at Meridian Women's Health, and when she went on maternity leave I saw Dr. Frankwick for one OB visit. It was awful. I had a slew of questions (as every normal pregnant woman does), but she made me feel like the majority of my questions were insigificant and stupid. In fact, I asked a question about something I noticed in my pregnancy and she rather off-handedly said she had "never heard of such a thing," and ended the conversation -- offering no other theories, no other thoughts, no reassuring words. In reality, it turned out I was anemic and what I had asked about was a direct consequence of being anemic. I would think if she was a good doctor she would have asked some more questions of me or realized a potential connection, instead of shutting me down and making me feel stupid. I cried after that visit. I do not recommend her. As the other reviewer mentions, "brusque," is a good word. And I don't feel comfortable with an OB who operates that way.

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★★☆☆☆

My doctor is another doctor at Meridian Women's Health, and when she went on maternity leave I saw Dr. Frankwick for one OB visit. It was awful. I had a slew of questions (as every normal pregnant woman does), but she made me feel like the majority of my questions were insigificant and stupid. In fact, I asked a question about something I noticed in my pregnancy and she rather off-handedly said she had "never heard of such a thing," and ended the conversation -- offering no other theories, no other thoughts, no reassuring words. In reality, it turned out I was anemic and what I had asked about was a direct consequence of being anemic. I would think if she was a good doctor she would have asked some more questions of me or realized a potential connection, instead of shutting me down and making me feel stupid. I cried after that visit. I do not recommend her. As the other reviewer mentions, "brusque," is a good word. And I don't feel comfortable with an OB who operates that way.

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Dr. Frankwick delivered my second child, and also performed emergency surgery on me for a cervical hemorrhage.

I have heard from another friend that Dr. Frankwick criticized her rate of weight gain during her pregnancy, and suggested that she curtail her diet to decrease the weight. From that, and from my two interactions with her, I can say that sometimes, her manner can seem a bit brusque.

Personally, I find a brusque yet competent doctor very trust-inspiring -- and I found Dr. Frankwick to be very competent. When Dr. Frankwick told me to push, I pushed -- and I delivered the baby even through an epidural. In the case of my emergency surgery, I found myself not only alive (always a plus!), but also very impressed by her decision-making and skills while under pressure.

5 stars to Dr. Frankwick -- consider her if you like your doctors tall, in-charge, and capable of stitching you up under rough conditions.

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★★★★★

Dr. Frankwick delivered my second child, and also performed emergency surgery on me for a cervical hemorrhage.

I have heard from another friend that Dr. Frankwick criticized her rate of weight gain during her pregnancy, and suggested that she curtail her diet to decrease the weight. From that, and from my two interactions with her, I can say that sometimes, her manner can seem a bit brusque.

Personally, I find a brusque yet competent doctor very trust-inspiring -- and I found Dr. Frankwick to be very competent. When Dr. Frankwick told me to push, I pushed -- and I delivered the baby even through an epidural. In the case of my emergency surgery, I found myself not only alive (always a plus!), but also very impressed by her decision-making and skills while under pressure.

5 stars to Dr. Frankwick -- consider her if you like your doctors tall, in-charge, and capable of stitching you up under rough conditions.

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