- On June 16, 2009
Since I gave birth to my son Declan in March, I have commented to people so many times about my positive experience with both Drs. Worth and Mussalli, so I wanted to send in a big thank you. Here is Declan then and now. As you can see, his favorite thing to do s eat!
My husband and I moved back to the US from London when I was 30 weeks,and I initially went to another practice that a friend recommended. I felt a bit uncomfortable with the doctor from the beginning, and I now realize he comes from the invasive-style philosophy of obstetrics.
We took the amazing childbirth classes at RealBirth, and once I started asking my first obstetrician questions, I realized I was 100% in the wrong practice. I called Erica Lyon, the founder of RealBirth in tears, and she referred me to Village Obstetrics. What a fortuitous connection! I had been stressing about the delivery up to then: would the doctor listen to me? Will I be forced into a needless c-section or episiotomy? All those concerns went out the window when I met Dr. Worth and Dr. Mussalli, and I was so much calmer. I could focus on me, and I knew that they delivered babies the way I wanted my baby delivered.
My labor felt endless to me (over 30 hours), but Dr. Worth assured me throughout that everything was fine and normal (just slow going). I honestly think that with a less patient doctor, I would have been pumped full of pitocin and/or given a c-section. Instead, I had a 100% normal delivery — giving birth to a boy, Declan on March 1. I was cared for by both Dr. Worth and Dr. Mussalli, and it is wonderful how seamlessly they work together.
I will tease Declan endlessly for being such a slowpoke and for his big Irish head. We still laugh thinking about how Dr Mussalli exclaimed during delivery, ”Wow, that’s a large head!” Declan is now 3 months old, and he is a smiley, chubby baby.
I also cannot say enough good things about the labor and delivery nurses at St Vincent’s Hospital. We met so many of the nurses over our time there, and each one was encouraging and supportive. I hope to have more babies at St Vincent’s with Village Obstetrics.