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  • Love Makes A Family

    Posted 8/20/2014 by csweeney
    Not so long ago Kim Cooke, LICSW and 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 is 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)
  • New Baby Changing Friendships

    Posted 8/14/2014 by csweeney
    Mary was the first of her friends to have a baby. When she came home from the hospital, her friends visited, were eager to hold her son and hear about her delivery. Some even brought home cooked meals. After a couple of weeks however, it seemed like the honeymoon was over and her friends lives continued on while Mary wasn’t quite sure what planet she was on. Read more... Comments (0)
  • World Breastfeeding Week

    Posted 8/6/2014 by csweeney
    It's World Breasttfeeding Week (August 1-7), and one of the biggest learning curves for new moms is learning to breastfeed. As BIDMC Lactation Consultant, Sarah Massey says, “You may have taken a prenatal breastfeeding class, but your baby may not have been paying attention!” Read more... Comments (0)
  • Babies and Schedules

    Posted 7/31/2014 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 3-4 months of life are not on a schedule…at least the kind of schedule as most adults would define the word. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Second Time Around

    Posted 7/23/2014 by csweeney
    Not so long ago, a "graduate" of one of the mom's groups I run, came back to visit. I'd heard that she'd recently delivered her second child, and she stopped by the group to say hello and introduce me to her son. I was thrilled to see her, and hear how she was doing, this second time around. Her first question was to ask if I would please run a group for second time moms, as she already knew how to survive the newborn period, but was struggling with how to survive with a newborn and a toddler! But that’s something beyond the scope of this brief blog…. Read more... Comments (0)
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East Campus
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
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Christine Sweeney is a licensed clincal socal 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.