Dear Dr. Worth and Dr. Mussalli,
Where do we begin? We truly feel like you are two angels that entered our lives and changed it forever. We hope you know how much what you have done means to our entire family. You have blessed us with a healthy and beautiful child, a positive and safe experience and done what we thought was impossible by healing past trauma. If every doctor was as caring, skilled and patient as you both are then the World would be a much better place. We feel like we won the lottery to have found your practice.
When R. and I first discussed having a second child, while my heart longed for another baby, the thought of childbirth terrified me. And when I did become pregnant, I knew I needed to have a fresh slate with a different OBGYN practice. It was then that I started thinking about VBAC more seriously. I knew immediately from our “Meet and Greet” appt that I had found my home for this pregnancy. Along the way I really appreciated the time you took to answer questions at every appointment and how you never made me feel rushed. You also never made me feel that my questions were silly or stupid and you always responded to my emails with so much warmth. I really enjoyed my pregnancy this time and worried so much less because I knew if I had a question, you were both there for me. During this time I went back and forth in my mind about how it would all “end” and what I would do: Cesarean vs. VBAC. As I neared the end of my pregnancy and my trust grew, I felt that anything was possible in your hands. And I was right. If I had been with any other doctors and attempted labor, I believe that the labor I had would have ended in a repeat c-section. You fought for me to have the experience I desired and didn ‘t give up on me even when I had given up on myself.
Thank you for believing in me. I feel so fortunate that I got to go through my labor and delivery with both of you too. The dream team! Dr. Mussalli, you were like the knight in shining forceps that rode in at the end. Thank you for coming when you did. So unbelievable!
I am still pinching myself that I had a successful VBAC and that this beautiful baby boy is mine. Everything has been so great and different than the early postpartum period with my first. The less challenging recovery has allowed me to be more present with my daughter and that is helping the overall adjustment for her immensely. So the gift you gave me keeps on giving to her.
Hope you have the happiest of holidays. Thank you for being our heroes!