Maricel helped me through the most painful and trying nights of my life. Without her compassion attentiveness, warmth, and skill I would not be able to look back on the labor and birth of my son as a positive experience. The love she brings to her work defined my birth experience as a beautiful one, despite nearly everything on my "birth plan" being abandoned. There are many amazing nurses in Labor and Delivery at The Queen who helped us have a wonderful birth, but Maricel stands out because of the poise and grace she provided not only in my most difficult moment but also amid the scanning chaos of an over-capacity crazy busy night. I only knew of the hectic, nearly impossible pace outside my room after because Maricel created a bubble of peace and calm for my own labor.
I entered the birth with a fear of hospital and a strong distrust of the medical establishment; because of the amazing staff and particularly the loving care of Marciel, my comfort and trust in the care I will receive when admitted at the Queen is so much higher. My experience was life-changing for the better, not only because my son was brought into the world but because he was brought with love with the help of Maricel.