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  • Swaddling

    Posted 11/9/2017 by csweeney

    One of the first tricks that new parents learn to master is the art of the swaddle. I am often awed watching our postpartum nurses wrap a newborn like a cozy little burrito in a flash of seconds.

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  • Sleep Well Sleep Safe

    Posted 11/2/2017 by csweeney

    Most recently, (10/3/17) The FDA issued a statement cautioning parents and caregivers about the use of baby products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) While those 4 letters strike fear into any parent of a newborn, the more parents are informed on ways to decrease the risk of this tragedy, the better.

    https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/SIDSPreventionClaims/ucm275782.htm

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  • How About a Schedule

    Posted 10/26/2017 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)
  • Domestic Violence Awareness

    Posted 10/12/2017 by csweeney
    I love the month of October, especially in New England. The leaves are beautiful, the air crisp, but hasn’t yet turned the bitter biting cold of winter, and Halloween, one of my favorite holidays is in October. But October is significant for another very important reason. It’s Domestic Violence Awareness month. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Breastfeeding for Partners of Breastfeeding Moms

    Posted 10/5/2017 by csweeney

    It’s easy to understand why husbands or wives of breastfeeding moms can sometimes feel left out when it comes to breastfeeding. There are days when it seems that the only time that baby is satisfied is when s/he is at the breast. In truth, there is a lot that partners can do to be involved in supporting breastfeeding and to enjoy the closeness of the breastfeeding experience.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-0475

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Christine Sweeney is a licensed clinical social 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.