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.
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