Dr. Stuart Fischbein, MD OB/GYN has been in private practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Southern California since 1986. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1982. He has a long history of support for Midwives and the alternative to the medical model of birth they provide. This interest began during his Cedars-Sinai residency where he had extensive training in vaginal breech and twin delivery and was selected as administrative chief resident and awarded house officer of the year. His experience was enhanced while rotating through LA County-USC Medical Center, at that time the busiest obstetric unit in the country, where he had the good fortune to be exposed to the midwifery model of obstetrical care. Early in his private practice career he was approached by several local “Licensed Midwives” to provide back-up support for women choosing alternatives to hospital based birthing. In 1995 he co-founded, The Woman’s Place, Inc., an innovative model of collaboration between Certified Nurse Midwives and Obstetricians, in Ventura County. In 2004, he co-authored, Fearless Pregnancy, Wisdom and Reassurance from a Doctor, a Midwife and a Mom, (Fair Winds Press, 2004, 2nd Edition 2010) with long time associate, Joyce Weckl, CNM; and writer, Victoria Clayton. He has three times been awarded Physician of the Year by the Doulas Association of Southern California and in 2008 received their first Lifetime Achievement Award. A long time outspoken advocate of a woman’s’ right to informed consent and refusal and the exercise of her free will, Dr. Fischbein is honored to be on the advisory board of the “Santa Barbara Birth Center” and working in collaboration with the wonderful licensed midwives at the Sanctuary Birth & Family Wellness Center as well as a contributor to “Your Best Birth”, a book published in 2009 and authored by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.
Dr. Fischbein has made it his goal to teach, speak and write about the normalcy of birth choices, the ethics of respecting a woman’s autonomy in decision making and reasonable, evidence supported options of selected VBAC, breech and twin vaginal birth. Follow him at Dr. Stu’s Podcast and on his Blog
Blyss Young , LM CPM
Blyss has been involved in the natural birth world since the birth of her first son in 1992.
In 2006 Blyss co-founded and operated The Sanctuary Birth & Family Wellness Center. This was a culmination of her years of experience as a natural birth advocate, educator and environmentalist. The Sanctuary was the first of its kind; a full spectrum center where midwives, doctors and other holistic practitioners collaborated to provide thousands of Los Angeles families care during the prenatal and postpartum periods.
The collaboration model afforded her the opportunity to worked closely with many of our local birth heroes, Dr. Stuart Fischbein, Ricki Lake, Marina Alcuzar, Aleks Evangeulidi, Suzanne Arms, Elliot Berlin and many many more talented midwives and educators.
Longing for an intimate traditional midwifery practice similar to the ones that had supported her 3 pregnancies, Blyss closed the center in 2015 allowing her to pursue yet another long held dream of becoming a midwife herself. Studying under both Dr. Fischbein and many skilled midwives Blyss was fortunate to learn the art of midwifery in addition to the unique skill of delivering Breech, Twins and VBACs.
Currently Blyss (aka Birthing Blyss) supports families on their journey as a home birth midwife, child birth educator, placenta encapsulator, and a natural birth and family consultant. At the heart of all of Blyss’ work is a deeply rooted belief in the brilliant design of our bodies, the symbiotic relationship between baby and mother, the power of the human spirit and the richness that honoring birth as a rite of passage and resurrecting lost traditions can bring to our high tech low touch lives.