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  • Fall is Flu Season

    Posted 9/18/2014 by csweeney
    It’s that time of year again, and you may already have gotten information from your pediatrician’s office about the flu vaccine. The discussion around vaccinations is an important one to have with your pediatrician, and this blog is not a commentary on vaccinations, it’s more a discussion about trying to avoid exposure to germs when your baby seems to be a magnet that everyone wants to touch. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Have You Done Your Kegels Today

    Posted 9/11/2014 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. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Infant Temperament

    Posted 9/4/2014 by csweeney
    It’s a common description I often hear, parent’s report feeling lucky, that they have a “good” baby. The translation of “good” meaning that their baby is easy to care for. S/he only cries when she is hungry, tired, needs a diaper change, and is easy to soothe, and overall, pretty easy to understand his/her cues. These parents, having heard from friends and family about other babies who are not so easy, know how good they’ve got it. Read more... Comments (0)
  • 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)
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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.