Everything is about teamwork.
The unique comradery at ZSFG is foundational to the care it provides.
Hours before delivery, Alexandra Flores, RN, checks expecting mother Felicia Tijerino’s vitals as Deena Mallareddy, CNM, MSN, helps Tijerino prepare physically and mentally. Holistic care, providing for all the patient’s needs – physical, mental, emotional and even social – are a core part of the midwifery model of care.
“As a midwife serving the community for 24 years, I truly feel that ZSFG is as close as you can get to core concepts of midwifery care, such as trusting physiologic birth and having agency, in a hospital setting. A lot of that is the respect, resources and partnerships created through DPH and UCSF. It takes all of that. Most of all, it takes a talented, committed and justice minded group of midwives and colleagues to create a program this special.”
– Deena Mallareddy, CNM, MSN, UCSF associate clinical professor
“It’s not just my job but my responsibility to create and hold space where a laboring person feels empowered and safe to give birth,” says Mallareddy. “When people feel listened to and seen, feel respected, feel cared for, the experience can be transformative and more than going home with a happy, healthy baby. That’s why we’re here, and why this program was created. I’m so proud to be part of it.”
On May 9, 2023, at 4:13 a.m., Felicia Tijerino gave birth to Feliciano Jeremiah Tijerino, 7 pounds, 2 ounces, a healthy happy baby boy, at ZSFG.