Our Story Is You - Diane Leeder & Christa Profaca
"Angels" Lend Support, Encouragement to New MotherFor obstetrical nurses Diane Leeder and Christa Profaca it was just another day shift at the Mills-Peninsula Family Birth Center. For Kari Loeser, a health care compliance attorney at Genentech in South San Francisco, it was the day she labored to give birth to her first child.
Kari was starting to think that she might not be able to deliver without surgery when the nurses joined Mills-Peninsula OB-Gyn doctor, Rebecca Dupont, in her room.
"Diane said 'We need to get some sun in here' and opened the curtains," recalls Kari. "Then they put me through almost yoga-like poses. Their years of experience showed as they helped me focus, and Sydney, my daughter, was born."
Christa, a labor and delivery nurse for almost a decade, said the credit really belongs to Kari. "Basically, when women trust us, they’re willing to do what they need to do," she said. "They are the ones who inspire me."
Kari, in turn, gives credit to Diane, Christa and Dr. Dupont for their "support, encouragement and dedication." She was able to express her appreciation for them through the Guardian Angel recognition program – a way to honor one’s nurse, lab technician, volunteer, physician or other caregiver with a gift that is reinvested in the care they provide.
"It seems like a great program,” said Kari. “You recognize outstanding service, and you also make a charitable gift supporting the hospital."
Recent patients are invited to honor their caregiver. Their Guardian Angel receives a card with the patient’s message as well as a custom-crafted lapel pin.
"I love being able to be a part of something that’s a milestone in anyone’s life," said Diane, who has been a labor and delivery nurse for more than 20 years. "Birthing is a spiritual journey."
Christa said she’s moved by the fact that women remember to acknowledge their caregiver at such a busy time in their lives. "We do our work because we love it, but it feels good to be honored," she added.
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