By Jenny Deam
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Jennifer DeSoto runs “Bella Mademoiselle”, an in-hospital beauty service catering specifically to maternity patients at Texas Children’s Hospital and Texas Woman’s Hospital.
There’s a reason they call it labor.
Being a pregnant and giving birth is really, really hard work and most women in the final stretch can look and feel the worse for their toil. So who better to deserve perfectly arched brows or polished toenails on feet they might not have seen since the belly got in the way?
And if a bit of pampering helps bring down dangerously high blood pressure or distracts an anxious, high-risk mom-to-be, so much the better.
Last month Danielle Bellinzoni, pregnant with twin boys, was whisked unexpectedly from a routine ultrasound and deposited into an 11th floor room at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women after a complication with one of the babies was found. She would remain on hospital bed rest as her medical team tried to delay delivery as long as possible to get her closer to her late October due date.
“Trying to keep these boys in here a little while longer,” she said as she patted her belly.
At her bedside, Jennifer DeSoto, carefully applied long strokes of brilliant “Kiss in Paris” red shellac to Bellinzoni’s fingernails. Next up would be her toes. A lavender-vanilla diffuser sprayed its scent to create as much of a spa atmosphere as possible in a hospital room.
DeSoto runs Bella Mademoiselle, an in-hospital beauty service catering specifically to maternity patients at Texas Children’s Hospital and Texas Woman’s Hospital. Be it a mani-pedis, facials, or eye brow waxing, DeSoto said business is brisk these days.
She typically books about 50 appointments a month, often for several hours each, she said.
“It’s a couple hours to forget that you are here,” DeSoto said, calling it “routine maintenance” for women who may be used to weekly appointments and are now stuck in the hospital, sometimes for months at a time.