About Dr. Fischbein

Since 2007 The Sanctuary has provided optimal maternity care for hundreds of families. As a team of midwives and holistic practitioners, we welcomed the opportunity to partner with Dr. Fischbein, a longtime champion for a woman’s right to choose where and how to give birth. United in this mission, together we have supported families with normal pregnancies to birth in our care, while also supporting women to birth normally at home or in our birth suite with VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), twins and breech presentations in both birth center and home environments.

We would love to share more with you about the unique model of Sanctuary care, which is designed not only for optimal maternal care but also for integrated family support and development of community throughout the transformational journey of pregnancy and parenting.

Please contact us  if you have any questions, would like more information or to find out about the opportunity to meet with Dr. Stu and our team of midwives to discuss your personal needs.

Dr. Stuart Fischbein MD, OB/GYN

Dr. Stuart Fischbein has been in private practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Century City , California , since 1986.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1982. He has a long history of support for Certified Nurse Midwives and Licensed Midwives.  This interest began during his Cedars-Sinai residency, as he was rotating through LA County-USC Medical Center, where he had the good fortune to be exposed to the midwifery model of obstetrical care.   In the mid 80′s, he was approached by Nancy McNeese of the Natural Childbirth Institute, formerly in Culver City , 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) with long time associate, Joyce Weckl, CNM; and writer, Victoria Clayton.   He has twice 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 women’s’ rights to informed consent and refusal and the exercise of their free will, Dr. Fischbein is honored to be a founding member and medical advisor to the Birth Action Coalition and contributor to, “Ricki’s Room” and “Your Best Birth”, a book published in 2009 and authored by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.