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Spotlight: Fourth Trimester Postnatal Retreat


I adore the opportunity to chat and connect with mothers during the photo session experience, and often, we end up talking about a mom’s labor and delivery and postpartum experiences. As a mother of three children myself, I know all too well how impactful these experiences can be on a mother’s postpartum journey and recovery. I went through three entirely different postpartum experiences, and much of our experience can be affected by a mother’s access to helpful resources.

One of my amazing clients, Megan, founded the Fourth Trimester Postnatal Retreat, a luxury retreat center in Washington, D.C., tailored to new moms in those first twelve weeks postpartum. This retreat center located in D.C.’s iconic Watergate Hotel, is truly a one-of-a-kind facility that not only pampers moms during this delicate period, but educates and empowers, as well.

When you check-in at the Fourth Trimester Postnatal Retreat, you will have access to around-the-clock care from a team of medical experts in the field. From postpartum counselors to doulas, sleep and lactation consultants to nutritionists – you can rest assured that all of your needs will be addressed and taken care of. Not only is the staff available to meet your every need, but you will have access to educational classes on breastfeeding, sleep, infant safety, etc. There is baby care 24/7 available to you so you can rest, sleep, and take a visit to the Argentta Spa at the Watergate. 

I remember frantically trying to find care in the early days and weeks after having my son and the thought of finding a trusted professional in the field, making the actual appointment, and then leaving the house was in itself an overwhelming process. How amazing it is that everything you need as a new mom is in one place so you can heal, recharge, and grow in the process. 

Those early days and weeks are crucial for establishing good mental health practices for new moms, so having an all-in-one resource like the Fourth Trimester Retreat is simply gold. I just wish it was around when I had my children!

Enjoy these images of founder Megan and her adorable family!

DC Family Photographer | Marie Elizabeth Photography

Marie is a DC Family Photographer and specializes in a luxurious, full-service portrait experience. From planning your session to delivering custom fine artwork to your home, Marie takes care of all of the details. All Marie Elizabeth Photography clients are pampered with included professional hair and make-up and an array of whimsical dresses from the client wardrobe. Marie then will create exquisite works of art, such as heirloom albums and fine art matted prints to grace your home and lay your legacy.

Interested in both a maternity and newborn session? Marie offers a luxury membership to best document that first year with your little one. With perks such as birth announcements and album credit, the luxury membership is the perfect way to remember this special time. Reach out to learn more.

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