Great Beginnings at St. Jude

January 4, 2019

Named One of the Best Places in America to Have a Baby

Salena Trujillo, MSN, RN, is part of St. Jude’s award-winning maternity services department—and in addition to the certifications and credentials after her name, she brings something else to her role: a wisdom and practicality that comes from being the mom of four.

“Like so many of the nurses within our department, being a mother allows me to bring empathy and insight,” explains Salena who, as part of the postpartum unit, is an expert in helping mothers and babies thrive physically—and emotionally. “I love helping women find joy and confidence in their role as moms.”

Recently recognized as one of the nation’s best hospitals for maternity care by the Women’s Choice Award, the uniqueness of St. Jude’s services extends from what happens before reaching the hospital, to what happens after going home. From childbirth classes and a Fetal Diagnostic Center that expertly manages high-risk births, to breastfeeding support groups and a state-of-the-art Level III NICU that creates some of the state’s best outcomes, St. Jude provides a happily-ever-after beginning by offering features and comforts, such as large private rooms to accommodate dads and families, wireless monitoring that allows laboring moms to remain mobile and innovative approaches to mother-baby bonding.

Even amid the hospital’s advanced capabilities, many of Salena’s favorite moments involve something more personal: the chance to invest in the success of another mom. Often, in between the questions about breastfeeding, recovery, or baby care, is the opportunity to relieve anxiety or worry—and maybe offer a little advice, “Don’t worry about doing things perfectly or compare yourself to moms you see on Instagram,” suggests Salena, whose children range in age from 3 to 8. “You will have your own unique style and it will be exactly what your baby needs.”

Honors earned by the hospital—such as Top 100 Hospitals in America for Patient Experience, and the elite Baby Friendly accreditation—reflect not only an expertise, but the ability to walk alongside each patient. Or in Salena’s case, to walk directly in their shoes. “We call it ‘our family caring for your family,’” she explains. “The highest quality care delivered with compassion and warmth.”

From Pregnancy to Parenthood: We Have an App

Circle® is a free pregnancy and parenting app that provides useful health resources and tools, as well as information on St. Jude Medical Center programs, services and classes.

From early pregnancy through your child’s toddler and teen years, Circle personalizes information based on your family’s needs.

Go to the App Store to download for iPhone or Google Play for Android. Look for Circle by St. Joseph Health, then select St. Jude Medical Center.

Learn more at stjudemedicalcenter.org/circle.

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