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  • Second Time Around

    Posted 7/30/2015 by csweeney
    Not so long ago, a "graduate" of one of the mom's groups I run, came back to visit. I'd heard that she'd recently delivered her second child, and she stopped by the group to say hello and introduce me to her son. I was thrilled to see her, and hear how she was doing, this second time around. Her first question was to ask if I would please run a group for second time moms, as she already knew how to survive the newborn period, but was struggling with how to survive with a newborn and a toddler! But that’s something beyond the scope of this brief blog…. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Becoming An At Home Mom

    Posted 7/23/2015 by csweeney
    Leaving paid employment and a career after having a baby is a decision that comes with its own adjustments. For some women, the decision is clear and there is no looking back or second guessing. For many, it’s not so cut and dry, and raises feelings of loss and anxiety in considering endless days with little structure and risk of opportunities lost should they try and return to their profession in the future. Read more... Comments (0)
  • It Will Change Your Life

    Posted 7/9/2015 by csweeney


    It often comes up in the moms groups I lead…about how much becoming a parent changes you, often in ways that you could not fully comprehend no matter how many books you read, or how much experience with babies you might have had before you had one of your own.

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  • Babies and Schedules

    Posted 7/6/2015 by csweeney
    To have a schedule, it’s the thing we all want when we have a baby. A schedule fills many needs. It gives us a much needed sense of order and control…something we are desperate for when our world has suddenly and completely turned upside down, and it gives us a sense of competency, when most of us feel like we have no idea what we are doing when we take our first baby home. Here’s the truth, the vast majority of babies during the first twelve weeks of life are not on a schedule…at least the kind of schedule as most adults would define the word. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Celebrating Dad

    Posted 6/24/2015 by csweeney

    Sunday is Father's Day, and an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge all the dads in our lives. During one of our new mom's groups this week, someone asked if anyone had a creative idea for a father's day gift. Many responded that they were putting together photo albums or a picture collage; other's making cards with handprints of their baby, all beautiful and thoughtful ideas.
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
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Christine Sweeney is a licensed clincal socal worker with over twenty years experience working with new moms and babies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is the founder and manager of the Parent Connection, a free support service offered to first time parents to support the adjustment to parenting after leaving the medical center. She is a proud mom of two sons.