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  • Babies and Schedules

    Posted 7/6/2015 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)
  • Celebrating Dad

    Posted 6/24/2015 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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  • Summertime

    Posted 6/10/2015 by csweeney

    At last, the winter has finally ended and the record snowfall of that season has faded to distant memory. If this is your first summer with baby, you may have questions about sunscreen and concerns about exposing your baby to sun and heat.

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  • Bathing Your Baby

    Posted 6/4/2015 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)
  • Postpartum Mood Disorders

    Posted 5/27/2015 by csweeney
    We like to believe that women look forward to the birth of their baby with joyful expectation. For many, however the days/months prior to, or following delivery are filled with anxiety, sadness, rage or confusion and a sense that something is very wrong. It's estimated that one in eight women suffer from a postpartum mood disorder, an umbrella term used to cover a variety of symptoms, sometimes beginning within days and sometimes up to a year after giving birth. Read more... Comments (0)
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-0475

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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.