If you haven't heard, Let Mommy Sleep and Mission Sleep are two of my favorite mommy-supporting organizations in Northern Virginia. Cheers to my (smokin' hot) friend, Denise, who is the founder of both organizations.
Let Mommy Sleep provides overnight baby nurse care to families transitioning from hospital to home with their babies. "We are there to build parents’ confidence by providing evidence based, elite newborn care by RN’s and LPN’s."
Denise started Let Mommy Sleep after delivering her twins...
"I had my twins when my son was 18 months old. I was a high risk for having a stroke, my c-section stitches burst and my husband did not have paternity leave. Our family was suffering, and when we found help for some of the overnights, that experience showed me very simply that Let Mommy Sleep was my destiny. While bringing home baby is a naturally stressful time, it’s simply not okay for parents to bring home baby and be scared, hurt or feel like a failure."
We asked Denise a few questions...
Describe yourself in three words:
Luckiest person ever.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Being featured on NBC and WTOP for our non-profit, Mission Sleep which offers free, overnight care to parents of deployed, wounded or deceased spouses.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
To grow the non-profit Mission Sleep so that we can provide free overnight care to ALL families with a partner on deployment, a spouse who has passed away and Veterans bringing home newborns in the DC Metro area and to continue our expansion into Baltimore.
How does your company stay connected through social media?
We LOVE social media and connecting with other businesses and families. Since the nurses work overnights, we encourage our families to use #asklms on Twitter when they have those middle of the night questions. Additionally our Facebook is a resource to bring families evidence based education as well as the opinions of our nurses. We want newborn education to be accessible to everyone.
Internally we communicate using LMSLive, an App created and designed for us to access family files through the night and provide real-time documentation. This allows us to share data internally and collect our own pool of data with which we use to make recommendations to our families.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Professional chef for sure. It’s art, health and creativity that would be used every day!
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I’m really terrible at it. Petula Dvorak at the Washington Post coined the phrase “midnight moms” where she describes working til midnight or 1am as the new normal for moms trying to be present for the kids during the day, and then catching up on everything else after the kids go to bed. That’s me for sure.
What websites do you visit every day?
Facebook, SupernovaMommy.com, RHONVA, AP and HuffingtonPost. My family is one of the proud who gets the actual Washington Post delivered every day!
What is your favorite drink – and where can you find it in Northern Virginia?
Dirty Martini – Carmello’s in Manassas
What are your top 3 favorite people/places/things in Northern Virginia?
1. Besides Andrea/NOVAhousewives., SuperNovaMommy is my favorite resource and person. Such a pure, honest heart working for the community.
2. HUGE fan of Jammin Java in Vienna. Places to hear local music are becoming few and far between and Jammin Java is the perfect place to experience music. Plus they do kids shows every morning!
3. Occoquan, VA – It is such an eclectic little town of independent shops, crazy stories and fantastic people.
What is your goal for retirement?
To just have a simple life without worries. Right now each day is a race to check off the giant to-do list. I think it would be nice to stop running. In terms of business, I would like to mentor other women business owners.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
Your company must be in your heart -you cannot succeed unless your company is your passion. Also, please, please value yourself and your service--- too many of us don’t value our services enough.
Connect with Denise:
Facebook: Let Mommy Sleep
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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