Denise Stern, Agency Director and owner of DC’s only Baby Nurse agency; Let Mommy Sleep, has spent the past year helping DC area parents thrive, not just survive. For the first time in the DC area and maybe anywhere, Stern has cultivated an unprecedented team of newborn aficionados – Postpartum RN’s, LPN’s, Multiples Specialists and even a Certified Massage Therapist to assist families as they transition into life with new baby.
As a mother with 3 children under 4 she understands the value of rest! Her own search for overnight help with twins born just 17 months after her firstborn illustrated the need for night nursing services in the DC area. With Stern at the helm, the entire LMS team is dedicated to providing parents with peace of mind, babies with restful slumbering and families with the sleep they need to cherish their time, rather than just “get through the day.”
And, beginning in 2012, Stern is launching a non-profit organization called Mission Sleep. The goal of Mission Sleep is to provide overnight care to new moms whose husbands are deployed.
Nothing but the truth…
- a place that inspires me… The Verizon Center or any other venue where large groups get together. Something about all that energy focused in one direction is very moving and inspiring.
- personal philosophy... If you’re going to do something, do it big and with honesty.
- home means… Laughter, safety, love and a serious amount of cuteness.
- i’m committed to… My family first and foremost, keeping my word…and striving to maintain balance between work and home.
- proudest moment in my career… When a mom with a toddler and newborn twins told me that her time with LMS was a profound experience.
- i get my energy from… Coffee! When people tell me they don’t drink coffee, I’m like, “But you know about coffee, right?”
- i don’t believe in... Judging well intentioned parents. Or highwaisted pants.
- books that changed my life
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self Reliance” –Finding and nurturing your independence while being connected to others is a concept that carries huge weight through any stage of life.
Chuck Pahlinuiks “Choke” – Pahlinuik intentionally makes readers uncomfortable , once describing things that are unpleasant (if the name sounds familiar, he also wrote “Fight Club”). But underneath all that you see he writes a gorgeous love story. These intense books remind me to look further into what’s on the surface and dig for truth. I think this is incredibly valuable in our Twitter-y, sound-bite-y culture.
Tracy Hoog’s “The Baby Whisperer”– Not just because it is a “how to” book of baby care, but more because she was a true comfort to me as a first time mom. I was so turned around and sad that I couldn’t figure out how to be a mom to a newborn and this book helped give me confidence.
- guilty pleasure… Reality television and Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls.
- my mantra… Just keep going…just keep going.
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