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  • Car Seat Safety

    Posted 9/6/2017 by csweeney
    There are so many choices and a significant range in price when it comes to buying a car seat. It can be pretty overwhelming, and expense does not necessarily correlate with better. For many families, one baby does not mean one seat. One parent may be doing daycare drop-off in one car, and the other parent doing daycare pick-up in another car, thus requiring two seats for the same child. It can get pretty expensive Read more... Comments (0)
  • Love Makes a Family

    Posted 8/31/2017 by smconsta
    Not so long ago, Kim Cooke, LICSW, and former Parent Connection Program Coordinator, wrote a blog about her experience as a parent in a same-sex couple and dealing with intrusive questions/comments (often from strangers) regarding the make-up of her family. Whether you’re a family of two moms, two dads, if your baby’s physical features or skin tone are different than yours, if you look too young or too old in someone’s eyes to be the parent of your child, chances are you may have found yourself in the bizarre situation of someone asking you very personal questions, that you may not have been prepared for. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Choosing Your Pediatrician

    Posted 8/23/2017 by csweeney
    There are so many things for new parents to do as they wait for the arrival of their new baby. Notifying every one of the happy news, attending doctor appointments, taking prenatal classes, gathering all of the necessary items for your home and the nursery, making preparations for care of your pets while you are at the hospital- the list is long and both exciting and overwhelming! Choosing a pediatrician is one of the most important tasks on that list. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Back to Work

    Posted 8/9/2017 by csweeney

    Many new moms returning to work after maternity leave, experience feeling increased anxiety as the return to work date approaches. Even though you may have planned for this reality, researching your options and choosing your daycare provider well in advance, suddenly the reality is here and many women find themselves emotionally just not ready. I often ask the moms who come to the new moms group I lead, if they can specify what it is that they are most concerned about. The response is often the same. The idea of suddenly being away from baby for up to eight hours at a stretch feels unimaginable.
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  • Keeping Your Breast Pump Clean

    Posted 8/1/2017 by csweeney
    Breastfeeding moms, who are going back to work, often describe that apart from the adjustment of being apart from baby for hours at a stretch, one of the biggest challenges of going back to work is pumping breastmilk. 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.