Dr. Colin Birch


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Specialty:Gynecologist (OBGYN)
Hospital: Foothills Medical Centre
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 36 reviews. Dr. Colin Birch has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Gynecologist (OBGYN)-related: pregnancy, fetus, neonatal, obstetrics, gynecology, neonatology, childbirth, newborns, baby, infants, premature birth, mother, birth, ultrasound, female reproductive system
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RID: 3612195
21/11/13 5 5 5 5 I'm 24 and a Hypochondriac. When I discovered that I had to get a biopsy done due to an abnormal pap, I was terrified. Dr Birch's RN Kim and I got in touch soon after. She was very polite and reassuring. She also did her best to make me smile because she could tell I was terrified. Meeting Dr Birch was intimidating at first, but then he explained to me what he would be doing and made me feel comfortable. He told me immediately that i didn't have cancer which helped with my anxiety. I've met with him two more times sonar and he is excellent. He was comfortable asking any OB/GYN related questions I had, even ones that had nothing to do with me. I discovered through my pestering that he has worked i third world countries and has seen some horrible things. I left with a new respect for him. He is very sweet, and even though he is quiet, it doesn't mean he is arrogant or rude. I highly recommend Dr Birch and his sweet RN Kim  Respond
RID: 2610024
07/04/13 3 3 2 3 I'm surprised at all the positive comments on this doctor. I wonder if his attitude is different based upon the reason for seeing him and whether it's in his office or in hospital. He's been the OB on call twice now since I've been on hospital bed rest and has not once actually told me who he was. I had to ask my nurse who he was since she was in the room the 2nd time he came. This man is, I'm sure, a perfectly competent doctor but his attitude needs some adjustment. He walks in the room as though he is god's gift to pregnant women and we should all fall at his feet and grovel. His first visit to me consisted of a whopping 2 minutes where he tried to push getting a shot of blood thinners every day on me even though the MFM team advised I didn't need it, including the head of the department and head of U of C's Obstetrics department since my bed rest does allow for walking around a few times each day.  Respond
16/02/13 SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1661211
14/12/11 5 5 5 5 I first met Birch when I had an emercancy c-section with my daughter in 2010. He was very helpful and calmed my nerves about a c-section and talked to my husband about his concerns. When I found out a year and half later I was pregnant agian I requested Dr Birch without hesitation. He is the best doctor I have ever met. I moved to BC half way through my pregnany and I am driving to Calgary every 2 weeks I believe in him so much. He tells you the facts as it is. He will not hold your hand through every step but he will make sure you are comfortable and understand. Whenever I go see him his staff is great and polite and he is sitting there waiting for me. He gets my daughter involved in the appointments and always makes her laugh. He is a great doctor and I am very comfortable with him doing the surgery and I am proud to say both my kids will be born by Dr. Birch, this doctor is amazing.  Respond
RID: 1439705
12/05/11 3 5 5 5 I recently had a partial hysterectomy with Dr. Birch in the Canmore hospital (shorter wait times). I cannot say enough about his bedside manner and skill. I felt very comfortable in his care. He told me that is I had any questions prior to the surgery date that I was to come back for another visit. He felt that if I was going into surgery with any unanswered questions that he was not doing his job! How refreshing to have that said to prior to a surgery. Not too sure why he gets any negative feedback as he has always been pleasant to deal with. My only complaint is of the staff at the Pelvic floor clinic admin staff are not very attentive, nursing staff has been great. Sue at the clinic is awesome to deal with!!!  Respond
RID: 1398114
26/03/11 3 3 1 1 I had an emergency csection with my first child and he was very unprofessional. He used lots of stupid words like cool, awesome, etc. I felt like I had some high school student performing my surgery. In the end I ended up with a terrible infection that I had to be re-hospitalized for, separating me from my newborn for 3 nights, it was terrible. He didn't even book me for a follow up. When ALL other doctors do that, especially after major surgery. I ended up seeing Dr. Cenaiko, who is awesome, for my follow up, he was also the doctor that I saw during my extra 4 days in the hospital while I had my infection. But back to Dr Birch, NEVER would I have him deliver another child of mine, I felt that he didn't care or have any real knowledge.  See Responses
RID: 1315325
15/12/10 5 5 4 5 I was referred to Doctor Birch because of his skill and knowledge should any complications arise during pregnancy or labour. I was considered a low risk pregnancy and must have been a boring patient compared to what he has seen, however I always found him professional and I walked away from each appointment feeling like I was in good hands. His staff was always friendly and lovely to deal with. If you are looking for a Doctor to hold your hand he might not be for you but if you want someone who will be honest and give you the facts then I would highly recommend him. I felt fortunate to be able to see Dr. Birch and hope he is still around when we have a second child.  Respond
RID: 1302709
28/11/10 1 2 1 1 Dr. Jekell and Mr. Hyde! My inital consult with this Dr. was fabulous he was friendly, comforting and seemed knowledgable. He did my surgery for endometriosis. When he came in to discuss how the surgery went he was short, abrasive and rude to both my husband and I. He informed me that I also had intersital cystitis a bladder condition. He told me I could go on medication to help with pain. when I went in to follow up and ask about this and the meds he wanted to put me on he was rude and basically said take it or leave it. I would not recommend him to anyone. The only reason I think he was nice on my first visit because they were going on summer vacation the next day!  Respond
RID: 1228535
13/08/10 5 5 5 5 Dr. Birch is an amazing doctor. He is the most knowledgable, polite, humble doctor I have ever met. Dr. Birch delivered my daughter via c-section in 2007 and preformed my D&C after my miscarriage just last month. His work is perfection and I feel very blessed to be his patient. I refuse to see any other doctor. I would highly recommend him to anyone. I don't understand how anyone could give this doctor a poor rating!! His staff gets their work done quickly and efficiently with kindness and compassion!! Dr. Birch tells it straight and does not beat around the bush and I appreciate that because my health is important to me. If you can't handle facts, knowledge and honesty than maybe a walk-in clinic is best for you.  Respond
RID: 1160073
29/04/10 4 4 4 4 I was referred to him because I had some health issues. I was releived when he began running tests, he knew what he was doing. I had my surgery and ended up in emerg. in pain 6 days later. He saw me the next day. That morning he seemed like he had no time for me, he seemed mad that I was there he spent 2 minutes with me and hardly gave me a follow up from what the surgery revealed. I was really upset after the appointment and couldn't believe what he told me and the way he told me. I decided to take a chance and write him a letter on how I felt after that appointment. He wrote me a very surprising letter and told me to find another doctor. I guess patients are delusioned into thinking that a doctor would actually appoligize.  Respond
RID: 1151042
16/04/10 3 4 4 4 Dr. Birch did a great job of my hysterectomy, but all the pre-op info at the Grace was BS. For some reason I was shipped off to the cardiology unit for post-op care because they had a bed! I was scheduled for surgery for months so how come no bed in the women's unit? As a result, I had no support and felt extremely isolated. Nobody from the Grace Women's Unit visited me and yet they were the ones who emphasized my attending the pre-op info mtg so I knew what to expect and what was available to me during recovery. Plus, the doctor's right-hand man did not include Gravol as one of my meds in recovery and I was pumping morphine... I was so sick and dizzy. Dr Birch make sure your support people are doing as good a job as you are, otherwise, you are only as good as the weakest link.  Respond
RID: 1011750
17/10/09 5 5 5 5 Having Dr. Birch as my doctor gives me a peace and I would never changed him for another doctor. I have seen many doctors for my conditions before and he is the nicest, the most knowledgeable doctor you can find in Calgary and he truly helped me. After every visit I feel reassured and calm, he treats his patients with so much respect. His staff is excellent too. You will consider yourself lucky if he is your doctor.  Respond
RID: 956517
06/08/09 5 5 5 5 Dr. Birch was a saviour during my pregnancy. He diagnosed and successfully treated my complication, and was caring and professional throughout. I was a new and rather panicked patient from the ER in Canmore, and he saw me in Calgary the next business day. He then scheduled my day surgery only two days later. He calmed me and kept me from worry. In fact, the only time I relaxed during my pregnancy was around him. He is an excellent physician; knowledgable, caring and takes initiative. I highly recommend him.  Respond
RID: 910877
11/06/09 5 5 5 5 I had Dr. Birch as a doctor for both of my children. I specifically asked for him for the second. He is extremely knowledgeable and did not beat around the bush for anything. He was very thorough and answered every question that my husband and I had. Unfortunately he did not end up doing my c-sections but was great for the before and after care. I would recommend him to anyone and if we were having more children I would go back to him for sure. Excellent doctor, need more like him!!  Respond
RID: 888490
15/05/09 1 2 1 3 I saw Dr. Birch at the PFC and he is very rude and totally arrogant. That people actually find this doctor kind is beyond me. The ego on this guy is unbelievable. He was unhelpful, totally unsympathetic, and just plain mean. There are other doctors to see at the PFC. Wait for them. It's not worth it to trust this man with your issues.  Respond
RID: 884029
11/05/09 5 5 5 5 We would absolutely without a doubt use this Doctor again.Dr.Birch is confident which can come across as arrogant but has the skills to back it up, he was able to do my wifes surgery properly after two botched attempts from another Doctor. If you are looking for someone to hold your hand and give you warm fuzzies bring your girlfriend or husband, if you want the job done right the first time use Dr.Birch.  Respond
RID: 784269
07/02/09 4 5 5 5 Dr. Birch delivered both of my daughters in Timmins back in the late 90's. No complaints whatsoever.  Respond
RID: 782976
06/02/09 5 5 5 5 Dr. Birch delivered my son 9 weeks early. I had an emergency c section. I was the 4th woman that night and I found him very calm and reassuring. He was very informative and after my c section he had used dissolving stitches which were great, I felt as if I had never even had a procedure. No discomfort and I healed beautify with very little scar. I wonderful DR and I hope to have him deliver my next child.  Respond
RID: 761849
12/01/09 5 4 5 5 I am confident with Dr. Birch, He is very skilled, and knowledgable. I consider myself fortunate to be in his care. He recognized immediately, the urgency of my condition and he immediately scheduled surgery. He is always polite, courteous, kind and his explanations of my options were very clear, knowledgable, informative, and reassuring. I was able to make an educated decision knowing the pros and cons of each option. Each time I have seen him, right from the initial appointment,to pre-op, recovery room, hospital stay [checked me daily] , to follow up appointments he has given me as much time as I needed to answer all my questions, address my concerns, and has been gentle, and sensitive in every way. Dr. Birch's skilled surgery has given me an immediate improvement in my quality of life. I could not have had better care. I am so Thankful for all he has done for me.  Respond
RID: 741839
11/12/08 4 3 5 5 I have seen many gynecologists and specialists over the years. I found Dr. Birch to one of the more patient and caring in his approach. His pelvic floor clinic is always packed. I am not sure how he manages to remain positive with the enormous challenges he must face day in and day out. I feel fortunate to have been under his care.  Respond
RID: 740130
09/12/08 5 5 5 5 I cannot believe the negative comments about Dr. Birch. He delievered my twins almost 2 years ago and was AMAZING! He was extremely kind, always answered my questions in great detail and was ALWAYS available when I needed him! He was very sympathetic and always made me feel wonderful, even when I felt (and looked) like a beached whale. I would definately recommend Dr. Birch ... I hope that he delivers my next baby!!!  Respond
RID: 726331
20/11/08 5 5 5 5 I worked with Dr. Birch a number of years ago and he also delivered my second child. He is by far one of the most skilled and kind docs I have met in his field. I am amazed at some of the negative comments here about him; but then again, the only time I ever saw him get "upset" or "rude" with a patient was when the patient was being totally unreasonable.  Respond
RID: 712535
29/10/08 4 1 2 2 At last someone else feels the same way about this Doctor!!. First visit I had to ask to see Dr Birch as his resident saw me first - I had to wait 2 hrs to see him - I wanted to meet the Dr who'd be doing surgery on me. Then all was fine till I questioned Dr Birch about my pain that I still had after surgery, I was told there was no way this condition had returned. I went back to see him a few times in pain. I always left in tears as what he told me then had made no sense at all. At my final visit he told me he only did my surgery as a favour for a friend and he does not even deal with the condition I have anymore!. He then referred me onto another Gyno. I have since had more surgery and the same condition was again found and dealt with!. The only compassionate one is his nurse as his admin is also very cold and abrupt.  Respond
RID: 704204
17/10/08 4 5 5 5 Saw Dr. Birch for a procedure a few years ago. Very understanding, very patient with my many questions, explained everything in full detail. Even after the surgery was booked, I still had some further questions. Saw Dr. Birch for a 2nd visit prior to surgery and again he explained things and was extremely kind and patient. This Dr. is a real gem of a man. I would NOT hesitate to see him again if I needed to and will recommend him to my daughters should they require his services.  Respond
RID: 669237
20/08/08 5 5 5 5 I worked with Dr.Bich a few years ago, in Timmins Ont. He was a joy to work with and always gave his patients the best care. He is stilled missed there. I've since moved, but it's nice to see the great comments. Sincerely, M.E.B.  Respond
RID: 647379
24/07/08 5 5 5 5 Dr. Birch delivered my son over 7 years ago, and I still think about what a wonderful doctor he was. I was very frightened and there were complications, and when Dr. Birch came in, he was calm, helpful, and had a wonderful bedside manner. He put me at ease and I trusted him right away. Wonderful, kind, pleasant doctor.  Respond
RID: 610340
08/06/08 4 4 5 5 Dr.Birch is good doctor.He is very compassionate and I felt comfortable with him.I needed surgery after my second child was born vaginally due to tearing.I had an internal tear and also needed an anal sphincter repair.I am in the healing process and I believe he has done everything he can to make me better and heal properly.  Respond
RID: 601406
29/05/08 5 5 5 5 This man is amazing!!! After having a previous c-section with another doc (leaving an unsightly scar), Dr. Birch performed my recent c-section, ridding me of the original scar and leaving what one would almost consider a work of art! I attempted a VBAC without success, but Dr. Birch came in to explain our options and respected our need for privacy to make decisions. He had an amazing bedside manner, was kind and courteous to his wonderful staff, came to see me shortly after my surgery to ensure everything was going well and now I look forward to my 6 week postpartum appointment. Should my husband and I consider a third child in the future, it would have to include Dr. Birch's care, otherwise, two children is it for us.  Respond
RID: 507365
07/02/08 4 4 5 5 Dr. Birch is an amazing doctor. He's knowledgeable, patient, skilled, and kind. He has a wonderful bedside manner, and puts you at ease. The nurses love him - which is always a good sign! I wish all health care providers could be even half as fabulous! His nurse Britney is equally wonderful, and had more patience with me than any living soul should ;-)  Respond
RID: 497395
28/01/08 5 4 5 5 Dr. Birch is an amazing Dr. He has a great sense of humor and bedside manner and is extrememely knowledgeable. His care is 'the' best, I have ever encountered in my 42 years. I would recommend him in a heart beat to any woman as he is a 'professional' in every sense of the word and more. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 444558
15/11/07 5 5 5 5 Dr Birch just diagnosed me with Endometriosis after over a year of other Dr's failing to find this condition. His surgical skills are second to none and even the General Surgeon commented on how slick his work was. He was able to see me a few days later even though he'd not got a clinic scheduled and always makes time for you, even though he's a really busy Dr. His nurse is also very helpful and puts you at ease.  Respond
RID: 435971
29/10/07 5 4 5 5 Dr. Birch delivered my last baby a month early do to complications. He had the best bedside manner, he made me feel comfortable in a very scary situation.  Respond
RID: 404705
16/09/07 5 5 5 5 He delivered my last baby by c-section 2 months preemie. It was always a pleasure to see him every week throughout my entire high risk pregnancy. He kept me well informed of what was going on. He also has very friendly nurses.  Respond
RID: 378529
03/08/07 5 5 5 5 Dr. Birch performed my C-section and I found him to be a wonderful doctor. Every health care professional that saw the incision commented on how precise it was. He checked up on me every day in the hospital and took the time to listen to my concerns. Fantastic doctor overall. I highly recommend him.  Respond
RID: 355770
28/06/07 5 4 5 5 I used Dr Birch for both of my pregnancies and he was wonderful. He takes the time to listen to your concerns and tells you what you can do, or not do withing realistic limits. I found him to be up to date on any research regarding high risk pregnancies. He has a good bedside manner and is genuinely concerned about your well being. I would recommend him to anyone.  Respond
RID: 269116
09/04/07 5 5 5 Dr. Birch informed me of the procedure that I would need to have after he had ordered diagnostic tests to confirm his diagnosis. He gave me brochures to read and a web site to view my procedure. He took the time to listen and answered all of my questions. He gave me an improved quality of life.  Respond
RID: 223484
22/03/07 5 5 5 Dr. Birch was very informative, attentative and has a welcomed sense of humor/wit which was much appreciated by this patient. His follow up while in hospital was daily which always included optimistic progress reports regarding the surgery and much encouragement for a speedy recovery .  Respond
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