Friday, March 25, 2011
Dear Friends and Family,
We are proud to introduce our daughter, Zora, who came into the world on 3/18/11. Mom and baby Zora are both are healthy and doing well. We are very thankful to Drs. Mussalli and Worth who helped bring baby Zora to us, we are deeply indebited to their wonderful care of A and Zora.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Dear Dr. Worth and Dr. Mussalli,
We are writing to express our sincere thanks for your expert prenatal care and safe VBAC delivery of our son, Ellis. I'm sure you've heard this a million times before, but just to rub it in a bit, your patience is what really made it happen. Thank you for not being typical doctors and for allowing the birth process to happen as naturally as can be under any particular circumstances. Thank you for being more concerned for your patients' care than time or money. That is so very rare these days.
Dr. Worth, you had something encouraging to say at every point I felt like bailing, giving me a surge of energy and confidence to keep going. I felt like my body was ruined after the C-section with my first son and having this birth vaginally really helped me find closure in that healing process. My recovery was a breeze this time, I feel great, and Ellis and I are enjoying mommy & baby yoga together while my husband is still on parental leave. Stephen's mother passed away unexpectedly only a week after Ellis was born and had I have had to recover from another C-section, I don't know how I'd have coped while he was gone.
I knew when the two of you spent 2 hours with us one afternoon / evening the first time we met that your practice was different! I don't think any doctor has given me that much time in one go, let alone two at once!
I also want to add that we had a really great experience at Lenox Hill. The nursing staff was incredibly friendly and attentive-- quite a change from my experience at Roosevelt. Although I never got to experience St. Vincent's, I was thoroughly pleased to the point of surprise with Lenox Hill.
Thank you for your time, genuine concern, expertise, and healthy delivery of our baby boy. We could not have done it "our way" safely with any other doctor or midwife. We will be back for baby #3.
L & S (and Bryce & Ellis, too!)
P.S. -- S has asked me to add to thank you for the awesome coffee in your waiting room. And I'll add a thank you for the Kit Kats. :)
Dear Drs. Worth & Mussalli,
We wish to thank you both for such warmly guided expertise, comfort, and care that far exceeded anything that we would have envisioned.
What an experience on many levels. We will always hold you both in the highest of regards and in the dearest place in our hearts for delivering our gift.
Please share some Sweedish treats with your special office staff.
Overwhelmed with gratitude,
S, V and Ava
Monday, March 14, 2011
To Dr Mussalli and Dr Worth:
I had the privilege of meeting you at the time of my daughter N's birth of her twins in August 2009. Thanks for giving her and them just the birth N was hoping for. They are thriving. It is a gift to be able to be around twins.
I knew something of your interests, from the days when N found you, and it occurred to me that we can make changes in birth practices by setting examples, such as your practice does, and thereby drawing clients who are looking for what you provide. I then visited your web site and was pleased to fine that you include your (great, in my view), statistics.
We have grown vegetables commercially, using ecological methods only, for 30 years and have witnessed the power of customer choice, rather than regulation, in changing an industry. It feels that that a change for the better in birth practices can happen in the same way – a market driven approach.
Best wishes in you new office uptown, and in your new home at Lenox Hill.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I just want to say that my wife and I just experienced the most amazing birth and it was all thanks to Dr Mussalli. My wife wanted a natural birth and we retained a doula, originally we were going to deliver at Cornell with another physician (will not reveal who out of courtesy). Our prior OB was okay with going natural but the other doctors in his practice were not, since we had no idea who would be on call when the baby came we decided to switch OBs.
Our doula suggested Dr. Mussalli and Worth, specifically how they let nature take its course and don't force Pitocin or Caesarans on anyone just to control the birth process. So in week 37, we switched. My wife went into labor last Sunday morning, March 6th, on her due date. After 15 hours of painful labor, we decided to go to Lenox Hill to have the baby. Our doula assumed that since the contractions were 2 min apart and 2 min in length, that she was at least 5 cm dilated. When we got to the hospital, we were SHOCKED to find out that she was only 1 cm dilated! (but 90% effaced).
Now here's what sets Dr Mussalli apart from EVERY OTHER OB in nyc: my wife wanted to go home to labor where she was comfortable. At 1cm, we all thought we had hrs to go. The contractions were also starting to space apart. Any other OB would have said to stay at the hospital. Dr Mussalli allowed us to do what my wife wanted: go home. He then went back to his office to wait (mind you this was now 11pm on a Sunday night and he doesn't live in the city). If you think you can find another OB in NYC that will let you do that, well then GOOD LUCK. We gave my wife a bath at home and literally in 2 hrs the contractions got much more severe. We rushed back to the hospital at 12:30 am to find Dr Mussalli waiting for us. Our baby was born just over one hour later at 1:41am on March 7th, 7 lbs 5 ounces and perfectly healthy. No intervention, no C-section, no pain meds. All natural, just what my wife wanted.
I can't thank Mussalli and Worth enough, they are a class apart and are what every OB in this country should strive to be.