Secrets shared for new parents

March 6, 2011

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During the 10 years she worked as a labor and delivery nurse, Carole Kramer Arsenault (above) remembers first-time parents nervously asking her time and again to accompany them home.

Through her roles as a lactation consultant, founder and owner of Boston Baby Nurses, providing daytime and nighttime postpartum support, and now first-time author, she said, she strives to provide the next best thing.

Arsenault said she wrote “The Baby Nurse Bible: Secrets Only a Baby Nurse Can Tell You About Having and Caring for Your Baby’’ in response to her clients asking the same questions, expressing the same concerns, and feeling similarly overwhelmed by the overabundance and often contradictory nature of information available to expectant and new parents.

Arsenault, of Needham, who is herself the mother of three, said she was eager to share her practical and personal experience.

She also understands that new moms need extra support emotionally, as well as with daily activities.

“For new parents who are overwhelmed and scared, I promise it will get better,’’ Arsenault said. “I know. I’ve been there.’’

Arsenault will discuss her book on March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Magic Beans store, 312 Harvard St. in Brookline, and March 26 at 2 p.m. at Isis Parenting, in the Shops at Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston.

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Cindy Cantrell