Pregnant painter on bed rest turns hospital room into art studio

A Long Island woman is on bed rest while she awaits the birth of her son. The mother-to-be has found a creative way to fill her time.

A Long Island woman is on bed rest while she awaits the birth of her son. The mother-to-be has found a creative way to fill her time.

Kristen Somody Whalen is pregnant. Her water broke earlier this month when she was just 30 weeks along. Prior to this pregnancy she and her husband had struggled with infertility and a miscarriage.

Her doctor put her on bed rest for the rest of her pregnancy. To help fill the time and keep her stress-free, Kristen turned to her love of painting.

Her husband brought her painting materials, and she went to work creating interesting paintings of pregnant women with flowers as their heads, long legs and designer shoes.

Dr. Gerald Quirk says Kristen's room/art studio at Stony Brook University Hospital is a magnet for a lot of people.      

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