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  • Becoming an At Home Mom

    Posted 7/21/2016 by csweeney

    Leaving paid employment and a career 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 many, it’s not so cut and dry, and raises feelings of loss and anxiety in considering endless days with little structure and risk of opportunities lost should they try and return to their profession in the future.

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  • Second Time Around

    Posted 7/14/2016 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….

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  • Chronicle

    Posted 7/1/2016 by csweeney
    A Tale of Two Neighborhoods is the title of one of the stories that was featured this past Wednesday June 29th on WCVB, Channel 5 (ABC) Chronicle. The program addressed the wide disparity in life expectancy between two Boston neighborhoods and why it is if you live in the Back Bay you might expect to live into your 90’s, but just a short distance away in Roxbury, you’ll lucky to make it into your late 50’s. This, despite the fact that Boston houses some of the best hospitals in the country. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Baby Bathtime

    Posted 6/22/2016 by csweeney
    Many new parents face the task of giving baby a bath feeling a bit out of their league. If you’ve never done it before, you may think, what’s the big deal? But, ask any first time parent of a newborn… giving this tiny, slippery, squirming little person, (who is often screaming their head off) a bath can feel, at first, like a very big deal. My advice… until you get some experience under your belt, this task is best approached as a two-person team event. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Celebrating Dad

    Posted 6/14/2016 by csweeney

    Sunday is Father's Day, and an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge all the dads in our lives. During one of our new mom's groups this week, someone asked if anyone had a creative idea for a father's day gift. Many responded that they were putting together photo albums or a picture collage; other's making cards with handprints of their baby, all beautiful and thoughtful ideas.
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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.