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Ericka's Story

  • Author: Ericka J.
  • Date Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Category: Women's Health

A nurse’s knowledge and experience bring calm and confidence to innumerable situations. Until it comes to having a baby, and then even a nurse can see her anxiety levels climb like a rocket heading into orbit.

Ericka Jacobs, an RN in the Emergency Department, became PMC’s Critical Care Educator. She credits PMC Care Partners for helping her through her apprehension about giving birth. “I was very nervous because I don’t usually take care of healthy, normal pregnant women,” Ericka wrote to Melinda Hodges, manager of PMC Women’s Services. “I truly had no idea what to expect for my delivery.”

Lorraine Cunniff, who initially cared for Ericka, is a nurse who is “absolutely AMAZING,” according to Erika. “Lorraine knew I was a nurse," Ericka added, "but could also sense that I was nervous.” Erika credits Lorraine with gentle guidance which helped her to relax.

However, Ericka would eventually require an emergency C-section. “I had Lorraine again a day or two post-op and she was just as happy and cheerful as she was the day I came in. If it weren’t for her, I don’t know that I could have gotten through everything."

"Rita Jordan was the second nurse that was my savior,” Ericka continued. “She was so incredibly helpful after I left the hospital by offering the Moms and Kidz support group at The Children’s Center. She has helped, encouraged, and guided me throughout this thing we call motherhood. She is truly an angel!”

Dr. Lena E. Weinman-Greenberg earned Ericka’s praise as well. “She is such an amazing doctor,” Ericka wrote. “She is down-to-earth, knowledgeable, truthful, caring, and honest. I trusted her throughout my pregnancy and will absolutely see her again for future babies.”

Ericka concluded her note to Melinda by saying, “I just wanted you to know what an amazing team you have. You ladies do amazing work up there and I’m so thankful that my daughter and I were lucky enough to receive your team’s care.”