In 1995, Linda Dominguez was 18 years old, unmarried and pregnant. She felt alone and judged by everyone around her — except the nurse who helped deliver her son at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.
“I was scared when I found out I was pregnant,” Dominguez remembers. “I didn't get prenatal care until I was about six months pregnant, so not only was I was worried about the well-being of my son, but when I finally went to the doctor, I felt judged for being so young and not getting appropriate care.”
The hospital’s labor and delivery unit had only been open for three years. Crissy Basiliere, RN, BSN, MBA, had been a nurse with the unit since it opened. She was working the night Linda arrived in labor, but neither of them could imagine the impact they would have on each other for the rest of their lives.
“Crissy was my nurse for the day of my son’s delivery, but I didn’t know her name,” Dominguez says. “She was with me the whole time. She was compassionate and very attentive to my needs.”
Dominguez gave birth to a healthy son, Christian. In the 22 years since, Dominguez became a nurse herself, inspired to show others the same kindness Basiliere showed her when she needed it the most.
When Dominguez posted the only photo taken during the birth of her son on Instagram, she didn’t know her nurse was now the chief nursing officer, overseeing all of the hospital’s nurses.
On Feb. 21, in honor of the Labor and Delivery Department’s 25th anniversary, Dominguez returned to Sharp Chula Vista to surprise the nurse who changed her life — and introduce her to the baby she delivered 22 years ago.
“Being a labor and delivery nurse is a gift, and not everybody gets the chance to have it,” Basiliere says. “When it’s given to you, you have to take every advantage of it. Every delivery is a gift.”
In 2017, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center celebrates 25 years of caring for women, infants and families. To learn more about pregnancy and childbirth at Sharp, visit sharp.com/pregnancy.