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  • Growing Up

    Posted 12/1/2016 by csweeney
    It’s an interesting dynamic that often occurs when we become parents…a shifting in our relationships/in the way we interact with our own parents. We are no longer solely sons or daughters, but now parents in our own right, the parents of their grandchild. We may have new ideas or ways of doing things that are very different from the way they raised you. Sometimes this can be a challenge, especially when we go home for the holidays and they can see what we’re doing! Read more... Comments (0)
  • Chronicle

    Posted 11/30/2016 by knguyen5
    A Tale of Two Neighborhoods is the title of one of the stories that was featured this past Wednesday June 29th on WCVB, Channel 5 (ABC) Chronicle. The program addressed the wide disparity in life expectancy between two Boston neighborhoods and why it is if you live in the Back Bay you might expect to live into your 90’s, but just a short distance away in Roxbury, you’ll lucky to make it into your late 50’s. This, despite the fact that Boston houses some of the best hospitals in the country. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Domestic Violence Awareness

    Posted 11/30/2016 by knguyen5
    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)
  • Are Your Hands Clean

    Posted 11/21/2016 by csweeney
    If I stop to think about it, it seems like I wash my hands constantly…either washing or sanitizing that is. I’ve worked in a hospital for a long time, and so practicing good hand hygiene is just second nature. It’s easy with hand sanitizer pumps everywhere and constant messages that “proper hand cleaning is the best way to prevent the spread of germs.” Read more... Comments (0)
  • Bonding and Attachment

    Posted 11/10/2016 by csweeney
    Parents about to have a baby will often have very clear ideas, and even written birth plans that focus on enhancing opportunities for early bonding. At BIDMC, we will encourage and support your bonding from the moment your baby arrives in Labor and Delivery and throughout your postpartum stay. We will encourage you to “room in” with your newborn, as research shows there are many benefits to this practice including higher rates of breast feeding success and better sleep. Simply stated, rooming in gives parents the opportunity to learn to recognize baby’s unique temperament and cues which enhances a sense of competence, which positively impacts bonding. Read more... Comments (0)
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215



About the Blogger

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.