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Village Obstetrics™ offers a rare blend of highly sophisticated medical care and the personal touch of a small private practice. The former Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the legendary St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dr. George Mussalli is one of the few maternal-fetal medicine specialists who still delivers babies. Dr. Jaqueline Worth brings more than a decade’s experience as a busy obstetrician. They have delivered thousands of babies in New York City and share a genuine love of obstetrics. Village Obstetrics believes that immediate easy access of patients to their doctors translates into the best pregnancy outcomes with the highest patient satisfaction. At VOb, your doctors are available 24 hours a day for medical emergencies. Throughout your pregnancy, we are always happy to answer any questions you have about your health and the health of your baby. Village Obstetrics delivers at Mount Sinai Hospital, ranked the #3 hospital in New York.
We approach your pregnancy with enthusiasm and excitement. We understand the joys as well as the challenges that pregnancy brings. With a genuine reverence to the natural process of birth, we strive to balance the best of modern medicine with the wisdom of unhurried care. Informed by the experience delivering countless babies, we are aware of the uniqueness of each patient and family. We recognize your autonomy as the most important principle and strive for honest communication as the best way to build mutual trust. We recognize the physical, psychological, social, and even economic impact that pregnancy can have on our patients. We believe that sensitivity and the highest clinical standards in collaboration with other outstanding practitioners is the way to nurture the complex opportunities that new life brings. The guiding posts of our practice are respect, quality and safety. We are thrilled and honored to be your doctors and are proud of our unyielding commitment to outstanding medicine and compassionate unhurried care.
Village Obstetrics™ is an elite private practice dedicated to normal birth and high-risk obstetrics. We aim to assist women and their partners in achieving safe and satisfying pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. We recognize that women should not have to choose between a safe delivery and a beautiful experience. It is our passion to ultimately lead the way toward a new model of obstetric care in New York. We wish to create an Obstetric Center where traditional and complementary medicine merges with an environment of sophistication and fine service. This is how birth should be! We invite you join us in dreaming this into reality.
vaginal deliveries 92%
VBAC Attempts 2011:
success 91% |
repeat c/s 9%
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Dear Dr. Mussalli and Dr. Worth,
Some thoughts on unmedicated birth:
Eight weeks after you delivered our perfect, healthy, beautiful son, I finally (!) have a moment to reflect on his birth and the extraordinary circumstances surrounding his magical entrance. The little turkey, already famous at the pediatrician's office for his remarkable strength, is sweetly snoozing… for now.
Throughout my pregnancy, I was delighted by your and Dr. Mussalli's warmth, efficiency and energy, impressed by your smarts, and encouraged by your philosophies and extremely low rate of c-sections. Your commitment to holistic and minimally invasive care just makes sense, and I appreciated the seemingly limitless time you'd spend answering all of my questions and discussing options and anything else that came to my loopy pregnant mind. I looked forward to our visits, and after each one I felt even more confident that no matter what happened when I went into labor, you would steer me wisely and safely. And that "no matter what happened" notion is key… we ladies expecting for the first time know, at least in the back of our minds, that one can plan all one wants, but once the baby takes a notion to getting out, all bets are off. My husband and I had taken a childbirth class, called "Keeping an Open Mind," and we were determined to do just that when it came to labor and our use of medication during it. I thought I would probably want an epidural, late in labor, having held off as long as I could.
My labor was a slow build, progressing over the course of a week, and I think during that week I realized I have a higher tolerance for pain than I had thought I did. Everyone said, "You'll know a real contraction when you have one." But I never felt something that made me think, "this is it." So we sort of took our time about things. You had us go to the hospital for fetal monitoring on Thursday night, where we were offered pain medicine and could have checked in. But I wanted to labor at home, and was still feeling strong, so we declined and left. The next morning, I was ready for any pain medicine anyone would give me. So when we went to your office and you checked me, confirmed everything was fine and said to walk down to the hospital and get my epidural, that's exactly what I hoped would happen. As it turned out, as we strolled on Park Avenue, things started happening really, really quickly and by the time we arrived at the hospital, I was 9cm dilated. I was told that it really is never too late for an epidural, and that they would give me one, but that the baby was ready. I was terrified. I didn't think that without medicine I could handle the rest of what I knew had to happen. But an angel of a labor and delivery nurse, and a few minutes later, you, with a serene, encouraging, preternatural calm that washed over me, too, convinced me that I could do it. And so, without really meaning to, thanks to your support, guidance, confidence and awesomeness, I delivered an eight-pound baby completely unmedicated. You convinced me I could do it, and I did. And it was the best thing I've ever done in my life. It was exhilarating, and in hindsight, I wouldn't have had it any other way. I am so, so grateful that you made me understand that I had the power to do what my body, and my baby, were meant to do, without any drugs. Looking back, I think of how calm you were, how much less scared you made me, and what a beautiful gift you gave me (and my husband and son) and I am filled with the deepest gratitude. When you handed me my little boy, I, and he, were entirely lucid, alert, and active, we were up and moving less than an hour later, we bonded instantly, and we felt like the world was our oyster. Which it has been! We are in heaven.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, and from the whole family, for guiding us so beautifully through the best day of our lives! Someone said to me that she can't wait to get pregnant again, so that she can go back to see you guys… now I get it—I couldn't agree more.
So, hope to see you soon (but not TOO soon!).
Until then, warmest wishes to you both.
All my best - D
Dr. Mussalli and Dr. Worth,
When thinking of a thank you gift suitable to give you we didn’t want to give the stereotypical gift. In our experiences with both of you we found you anything but stereotypical. We decided to hone in on who we thought you really were. We looked to history, but the history of obstetrical doctors has not really matched our experience of working with you either. The closest soul mates we could find were midwives, or what they call bean chabartha (Gaelic), ostetrica (Italian), or partera (Spanish). But we knew midwife wasn’t exactly right. You two are so much more complex than that. After researching further we found another term, one that seemed a closer fit to who you are (or at least were to us).
The Mayan, while they speak Spanish, do not only use the word partera. Instead there is another term for a particularly special kind of deliverer of babies: a comadrona. A comadrona comes to the work of delivering babies by a calling, a “divine gift” as the Mayan would say. The comadrona is led to the profession by dreams and pays attention to those dreams and other signs throughout their journey of practice. While both of you no doubt relied on your years of research, experience and study while working with us it often felt as if you were led by dreams as well. It was almost as if you both had a supernatural gift. At no point in my pregnancy, despite the many risks involved, did I ever feel as if I was treated as “high risk.” You managed to do as you promised and what we said we wanted more than anything – keep the joy in our birth experience.
To thank you for helping us continue our family and our own history, we wanted to give a gift that followed the traditions of our ancestries throughout time, some of the traditional gifts given to those who helped women deliver their children. From the Italian: bread and milk. From the Irish: cider and eggs. From the Mexican: beans and corn. From the Mayan – the Comadronas – a flock of chicks donated to a family in your name.
With gratitude, C, N, S and N
Dear Dr. Worth and Dr. Mussalli,
Some thoughts on vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC):
I just want to tell you how much I appreciate what you did for me and E. When I had my c-section I knew I wanted to attempt a VBAC when I got pregnant again but wasn't fully convinced I would be able to until I switched to your practice. You guys allowed me to believe in myself, my body, and my baby. Thank you so very much for helping me see that my body isn't broken or defective. My body just needed more time -- and in E's case many many hours more!! All the best to you both and I look forward to seeing you the next time!!
M and family