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  • Cocooning

    Posted 10/20/2016 by csweeney
    I love the term “Cocooning”. It’s such a warm, cozy word to describe how parents can go about protecting baby against infection. In other words, creating a cocoon of wellness around your baby. It includes protecting your baby from vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as general illness and involves anyone who will be in contact with your baby. Read more... Comments (0)
  • How About a Schedule

    Posted 10/13/2016 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 twelve weeks of life are not on a schedule…at least the kind of schedule as most adults would define the word. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Domestic Violence Awareness

    Posted 10/6/2016 by csweeney

    I love the month of October, especially in New England. The leaves are beautiful, the air crisp, but hasn’t yet turned the bitter biting cold of winter, and Halloween, one of my favorite holidays is in October. But October is significant for another very important reason. It’s Domestic Violence Awareness month.

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  • Breastfeeding for Partners of Breastfeeding Moms

    Posted 9/22/2016 by csweeney
    It’s easy to understand why husbands or wives of breastfeeding moms, can sometimes feel left out when it comes to breastfeeding. There are days when it seems that the only time that baby is satisfied is when s/he is at the breast. In truth, there is a lot that partners can do to be involved in supporting breastfeeding and to enjoy the closeness of the breastfeeding experience. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Breastfeeding Support Group

    Posted 9/8/2016 by csweeney
    Since 1991, when the Parent Connection at BIDMC first began supporting families after discharge from our postpartum units, we’ve supported thousands of parents in the amazing and often overwhelming adjustment to parenthood. One of the most common themes that can be a surprise to first time parents is that breastfeeding is typically a learned experience for both mom and baby. 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.