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  • 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)
  • Sleep Well Sleep Safe

    Posted 7/17/2014 by csweeney
    On Sunday, July 13, 2014, The Boston Globe’s headline story addressed the tragic reality that the risk of sudden unexplained infant death, SUID was double for infants living in DCF-monitored households. The story outlined that while some of these deaths may be related to issues of substance abuse, an additional factor is that high-risk families are not adopting safe-sleep practices. Read more... Comments (0)
  • It Will Change Your Life

    Posted 7/9/2014 by csweeney

    It often comes up in the moms groups I lead…about how much becoming a parent changes you, often in ways that you could not fully comprehend no matter how many books you read, or how much experience with babies you might have had before you had one of your own.

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  • Becoming an At Home Mom

    Posted 7/2/2014 by csweeney

    Leaving paid employment outside the home after having a baby is a decision that comes with its own adjustments. For some women, the decision is clear and there is no looking back or second guessing. For others, it’s not so cut and dry.
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  • Back to Work

    Posted 6/24/2014 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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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 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.