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.
Ask anyone 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.
The Parent Connection is our free service
offering new moms groups and mentoring moms services. To learn more about The Parent Connection, contact Christine Sweeney, LICSW, at 617-667-BABY (2229). Also, check out our Baby Know How blog!
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 our New Moms groups, a complimentary service for moms & babies under one year old.
Our New Moms Groups meet in several community locations, offering the
opportunity to meet other new moms in your community and provide another
place to ask questions.
Mondays, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Healthworks Fitness Center, 1300 Boylston St.
Tuesdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Dedham Health and Athletic Complex, 200 Providence Hwy.
There are more books on parenting than any new parent at home with a newborn could possibly read, and for any one approach, there is bound to be another book suggesting the opposite. The information is often overwhelming, and it's hard to figure out what to do, when all your really want are the cliff notes on what to do to get some sleep or a few hours of peace!
That said, here's a listing of Parent Connection recommendations. As with any book, take what you need and leave the rest. Books are great for giving you guidelines, parameters and ideas you may not have thought of, but keep in mind, there is no one book that exactly fits every baby. The book on your little one is still being written.
For info on baby:
Baby 411 by Denise Fields and Ari Brown, MD
The American Academy of Pediatrics Caring For Your Baby and Young Child, Birth to 5, edited by Steven Shelov, M.D and Robert Hanneman, M.D.
The Happiest Baby on The Block by Harvey Karp,M.D.
Touchpoints-Birth to Three by T. Berry Brazelton, M.D and Joshua Sparrow, M.D.
The Wonder Weeks by Hetty van de Rijit, Ph.D and Frans Plooij
Happy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth, M.D.
Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems, by Richard Ferber, M.D.
The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantly and William Sears, M.D.
Sleeping Through the Night by Jodi Mindell
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diane West and Teresa Pitman
Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher IBCLC, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Phd, IBCLC and Jack Newman, M.D.
The Nursing Mothers Problem Solver, by Claire Martin
Defining Your Own Success, Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery, by Diana Weist
The Working Parents Handbook, by June Solnit Asald and Kit Kollenberg with Ellen Melinkoff
Babyproofing Your Marriage, Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O'Neill, and Julia Stone
Women's Moods, by Deborah Sichel, M.D. and Jean Watson Driscoll, MS, RN
Down Came the Rain, by Brooke Shields
Parents are matched with a trained, volunteer mentor who provides weekly
phone call support through the first 12 weeks post-delivery. Mentors lend
valuable support, encouragement and reassurance as well as resource
information particularly around breastfeeding, or when to call your
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 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