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  • What I Wish My Friends Had Told Me

    Posted 1/19/2017 by csweeney
    If you are like many first-time moms, during your pregnancy, you planned and prepared for the arrival of your little one. You took care of yourself, saw your OB regularly, and gathered the gear you'd need to welcome this new little being home. You may have wondered how your life might change, but that you'd figure it out — people have been doing this forever, right? How hard can it be? Read more... Comments (0)
  • Drinking While Pregnant

    Posted 1/5/2017 by csweeney
    New Year’s Eve has just passed, yet it still seems fitting to address alcohol use during pregnancy. Some might remember the Boston Magazine provocative title cover and story, “What, Me Worry? The Growing Debate Over Drinking While Pregnant.” (December, 2012)

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  • Cold Outside

    Posted 12/22/2016 by csweeney
    It’s December, and we’ve already had a taste of what’s to come and will continue for the next several months. Having a baby at this time of year can feel particularly isolating: it is cold, the sidewalks and streets may be icy, and just the thought of all it takes to get out the door may lead you to wonder if it’s worth the effort. Trust me on this one, it is. Staying home all day by yourself in your house with your baby day after day can be really hard. Whatever it takes, even if you just get out for a little while, is worth it. But where to go? Read more... Comments (0)
  • I Need A Break

    Posted 12/15/2016 by csweeney
    New parents hear a lot about the rapid development of babies brains, and the importance of providing baby adequate stimulation. But rarely are parents given guidelines to know how much is enough and how much is too much? Many, many years ago, I remember leading a moms group and one of the moms discussed having recently taking an 8 hour road trip with her husband and their baby. Despite baby being perfectly content, showing no signs of distress, they made sure to stop every two hours, so that they could get out of the car, and stimulate baby. Read more... Comments (0)
  • 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)
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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.