When Denise Stern’s twin girls were born in 2009 she had a one-year-old son, a husband without paternity leave and birth complications that left her in very fragile health. Out of this personal experience and with a background in small-business, Let Mommy Sleep was born and quickly gained momentum as the country’s leading Baby Nurse and Postpartum Care service. Denise started the DC location in 2010 and is now the CEO of Let Mommy Sleep Franchising, helping others open LMS locations around the US.
The company’s innovative approach to customer service and the overwhelming need for care soon landed Denise on a national platform. She was the US Chamber of Commerce Leading Woman-Owned Business in 2013, a Washington FAMILY Magazine Mother of the Year in 2016 and served on the elite White House Summit for Working Families hosted by President & First Lady Obama in 2014. Denise is also a sought after speaker and contributor to local and national media appearing on such outlets as FOXNews, NPR, What to Expect, The Associated Press and in the Washington Post.
After experiencing the incredible positive impact postpartum care has on the health of families, Stern launched the 501c3 non-profit Mission: Sleep in 2012. The charity delivers free overnight care to military and first responder families whose newborns arrive when a parent is deployed, wounded or deceased.
Stern’s ultimate goal is to continue advocacy to make Postpartum Visits a national norm and aggregate the “baby nurse” industry, which is currently unregulated. A partnership with INOVA Health, a government contract to teach newborn care and new locations around the country are the first steps to bringing life-changing care to newborns and their families.