Sassoon is a brilliant doctor and I would trust my life to him. He is both personable and professional and I always enjoyed my visits when I was pregnant-- time to be examined, time to get dressed and ask questions in his office. You do have to understand that he has his own style. With my second and third children, I wanted a natural labor/birth, no drugs, ivs, etc. He wanted to induce because my babies were "big" and wanted to avoid complications, and we got into a bit of a scuffle. He told me how many babies he had delivered, and I then asked him how many he had had. I stuck to my guns and had my two children with no meds, etc and though they were big (9-9,9-7) and I made a LOT of noise screaming etc. he did not give me an episiotomy and was really complimentary to my success in the end. I would never have gone with a mid-wife, because if something was seriously wrong, I trust Sassoon implicitly to calmly and expertly handle the matter and make use of all the resources of a hospital. MY third had the cord wrapped around her neck and didn't initially cry, but she was fine within minutes. Another benefit of Sassoon is that he is connected to many of the best drs in the city and can get you quick referrals. I feel very lucky to have him as a dr.