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Welcome Baby!

Welcoming a new baby into your life can be both an amazing and overwhelming experience, especially for first-time parents. Our care and support doesn't end when you leave the hospital.

It is important to remember that you also need to take care of yourself during this postpartum period. As always, if you have any concerns or would like further information, please talk to your health care provider.

Parent Connection

DedhamGroup1Ask any one who has children what it's like to be a parent, and you are likely to get a full range of responses that typically boil down to it's the most wonderful, challenging and life changing experience you can imagine. It's often difficult to adequately articulate exactly what that means, and even harder to comprehend, until you are living it. At BIDMC we offer our patients a continuum of care, starting from pre-conception, and continuing through to after your delivery when you leave the hospital with your baby and are home adjusting to your new life as parents.

The Parent Connection is a free service that offers new moms groups in several community locations as well as a mentoring moms service where parents are matched with a trained, volunteer mentor who provides weekly phone call support through the first twelve weeks post-delivery. Mentors lend valuable support, encouragement and reassurance as well as resource information particularly around breastfeeding, or when to call your pediatrician. As mentors initiate calls during the first days home from the hospital, they are often in a position to recognize early signs of a postpartum mood disorder and thereby help families get connected to the appropriate health care provider as early as possible. The program's new moms groups offer the opportunity to meet other new moms in your community and provide another place to ask questions. Prior to delivery, the program offers a workshop for expectant couples titled "Becoming Parents" that is aimed at helping couples anticipate and plan for their baby's arrival. The Parent Connection is an award winning program that has received rave reviews from participating families.

"I just want to say a huge Thank You and tell you how much the mentor program has meant to me. My mentor has not only been there to answer my questions, but most importantly she has helped me to believe in my abilities and trust my instincts as a mother. I rely on her weekly calls, or just knowing someone will be there to listen is something I cherish. Kudos to BIDMC for having such amazing resources for their patients that extends far beyond the delivery room."

For more information please contact Christine Sweeney, LICSW at 617-667-BABY (2229)

Check out our Baby Know How Blog!

Join in the conversation or just read and gain knowledge about how to take care of yourself after delivery and your new baby with our Baby Know How blog.

Contact Information

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

New Moms' Groups

Are you a new mom? Do you want to meet other new moms, have a place to talk about the joys and challenges of motherhood, and be able to ask questions?

Come to one our New Moms' Groups, a complimentary service for moms & babies under one year old.

Chestnut Hill

Mondays from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at Healthworks Fitness Center, 1300 Boylston St.


Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Dedham Health and Athletic Complex, 200 Providence Highway, Dedham


Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street



Fridays from 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton, 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton

Working Moms Group

2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dedham Health and Athletic Complex, 200 Providence Highway, Dedham


To register for a group or for more information, please contact Christine Sweeney at The Parent Connection.
Phone: 617-667-2229

Pregnancy, Birth and Pelvic Floor Health

Do you squeeze your legs and worry you’ll leak urine each time you sneeze or run for the bus? Do you have a difficult time controlling bowel movements or gas? Do you secretly hope these symptoms will get better on their own? If so, you aren’t alone.

Dr. Roger Lefevre recently presented a webinar on pelvic floor issues following childbirth including assessment, exercise, medications, and outpatient surgical options.

Watch the webinar