Cindy Leto’s healing experience began when she visited Parrish Medical
Center to take photos for a relative having a baby. She noticed how effortless
and orchestrated the whole event seemed. “That was the moment I
decided that Parrish Medical Center was where I wanted to have my baby
should my husband and I be lucky enough to have one,” she said.
As the fates would have it, Cindy attended Mommy and Me classes at The
Children’s Center later that year. “Rita Jordan was a calm,
soothing soul,” said Cindy. “She made the classes about breastfeeding
and caring for an infant enjoyable.”
A week before her due date, however, baby Giuliana decided to make her
entrance. “I woke up at 4:30 in the morning, not imagining I would
be bringing a life into this world on that day,” Cindy said. But
she and her husband Vic knew they needed to check out the symptoms she
was having. So they drove to the hospital in their pajamas and nervous
silence, with only their phones in hand. Turns out, Cindy was admitted
and prepped for the process of labor and delivery. But after deciding
to come early, baby Giuliana seemed to change her mind. “My heart
was in my throat,” Cindy recalls when she realized her baby’s
heartbeat was in trouble. “The door flew open and what seemed like
a football team of nurses came flying in.
“From the touch on my shoulder and hug before the surgery to my daughter
Giuliana’s first bath by RN Heather Focht, the nurses have no idea
have much they meant to me. ARNP Cara Starkey calmed me as she held my
hand. She was so professional, but so best-friend like and comforting.
… in my most vulnerable moments, you will never know how you made
all the difference.
“I am so deeply thankful for each one of you. Your kind words, your
soft touch, your confident teachings and warm smile made my experience
so beautiful and memorable. Your training is to be commended and your
education is to be admired, but your beautiful way of connecting with
people is invaluable! Please know you are so loved by my little family
of three, more than you will ever know. If I were to have another baby,
I would do it in a heartbeat at Parrish!"