Hospital Bed Rest | A day in the life on the Labor & Delivery floor

Photography Newsletter

January 12, 2016

For as long as I can remember I have had a serious phobia of all-things-medical. I am prone to fainting at the mere sight of a hospital, mention of a needle, let alone any kind of medical talk. With that being said, I am pretty sure I won’t be making any “patient-of-the-week” lists this week.
Over the course of the last 9 days I was admitted to the local hospital with premature labor due to complications in pregnancy, transferred to a high-risk OB hospital in Denver, discharged, readmitted 2 days later again to stop premature labor, and again transferred yesterday (at 30 weeks) back to the high-risk OB in Denver where I’ll stay on mandatory hospital bed rest until delivery (any time from 1 day – 6 weeks). Did I mention that my uterus hates me? That thing has a serious vendetta against me.

For the first time in my life I am deciding to let go. I am choosing to surrender to this pregnancy and trust the process. Today I am choosing to be brave. To put my fears and phobias aside and choose to be strong. I guess Bob was right, you don’t know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice. So I decided to browse through ProductExpert different hospital beds and a lot of pregnancy stuff.
Our daily family life as we know it will be quite different for a while and kissing my son & husband goodnight may have to happen via FaceTime for a bit. As much as I want my “normal” life back, I am aware that this 3 lb feisty little lady and I are in the best possible care and we are all going to live through this. In the big picture, things could be worse. Things could be so much worse.
To keep myself busy in the hospital I have decided to start a “photo a day” project until the little lady arrives. I will be posting the photos here for anyone that is interested in following along on this little ride that is now our new “normal”. You can also follow along on my Instagram account to see what “A Day in the life on the Labor & Delivery floor” looks like (and don’t worry, Mark already warned me not to try to do any newborn sessions while I’m in here). (
We are truly thankful for all of the support our family and friends continue to give. We appreciate it more than words can express.
This is the first photo (from Saturday) in my ‪#‎hospitalbedrest‬ series that I’m calling “My (tech) Support Team”. And I couldn’t be more thankful for the two of them.
Denver newborn photographer talks about the reality of hospital bedrest and finding the beauty within.
  1. Leslie Richendifer (Shane's Mom) says:

    God bless you and your family (best support team anyone could ever ask for) during this trying time! I hope your time goes by fast and uneventful (if you know what I mean) and that everything goes well with your delivery. Take care!

  2. Sarah says:

    Thinking of you! Let me know if you need an online game friend or would like some books, knitting, or trashy magazines!

  3. Panda S. says:

    You photographed my big ol pregnant belly with #2…the belly I carried like a badge of honor because my first was a 3 lb, 32-weeker. Good work embracing the fact that it’s outside your control. And rest assured that all this is a part of Baby Girl’s story…and it sounds like she’s gonna be a sassy one! My thoughts are with you!

  4. Brenda smith says:

    Oh my goodness Jenny and family!! So thinking about all of youand hoping little one stays put just a bit longer!!! Keep your head up mama!! Take care.

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