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  • Baby Play

    Posted 3/15/2017 by csweeney
    Let’s face it, most first-time parents (myself included), feel somewhat at a loss about how to “play” with their babies. In those first couple of months, babies just don’t do a whole lot besides eat, sleep, pee, poop and cry. There are no meaningful conversations about her/his favorite snuggly, when to start solids, or what they want to be when they grow up! We are bombarded with catalogues and internet ads extolling the many virtues of a gazillion toys that promise a “smarter” baby somewhere down the road. There is no shortage of books and articles advocating this strategy or that practice as the means to achieve an “above-average child.” So, what’s a first-time parent to do?

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  • Pumping Guide

    Posted 3/8/2017 by csweeney

    So often, breastfeeding moms are overwhelmed with the breast pump. Taking it out of the box, you're faced with all kinds of hoses and equipment — the likes of which you've never seen, let alone applied to your breasts. For moms going back to work, the idea of how this is acutely going to happen in the workplace can be even more overwhelming.

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  • Got Sleep

    Posted 3/1/2017 by csweeney
    If I were ever a contestant on the game show The Family Feud, and if the question came up, “Name the number one question parents of a newborn are asked,” I’d hit the buzzer so fast. Hands down, the number one answer would have to be, “Is your baby sleeping through the night?” Read more... Comments (0)
  • Partnering With Your Childcare Provider

    Posted 2/22/2017 by csweeney
    For many moms, going back to work after maternity leave is a major adjustment filled with a range of feelings including sadness in anticipation of being away from baby for long stretches of time, and for those moms who are using a day care provider that they don’t know, anxiety of leaving baby with a “stranger”. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Becoming Grandparents

    Posted 2/15/2017 by csweeney
    Excitement abounds as you await the arrival of the newest member of your family. Your days are busy with preparation; preparing for the delivery, obtaining the necessary gear for the baby and getting ready for your new roles as parents. Read more... Comments (0)
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Contact Information

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.