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  • Have You Done Your Kegels Today

    Posted 9/3/2015 by csweeney

    Ask any woman who’s been pregnant and had a baby, and almost guaranteed, she’s heard of Kegel exercises. Ask her if she actually does these exercises and that’s a different story…” Well, maybe once or twice, if I remember in between breastfeeding marathons, and diaper changes.” The reality is that for most moms, the postpartum period is a blur of sleepless days and nights with the primary focus on just getting through the day.

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  • Choosing A Pediatrician

    Posted 8/25/2015 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 another very important task on that list. Read more... Comments (0)
  • New Baby Changing Friendships

    Posted 8/20/2015 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)
  • Back To Work

    Posted 8/12/2015 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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  • World Breastfeeding Week

    Posted 8/6/2015 by csweeney
    August 2-8 is world breast feeding week! Many new moms are sometimes surprised and a little overwhelmed in realizing that breastfeeding does not necessarily come naturally, 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)
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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.