BMC’s Yawkey building doors are now closed as an entrance as part of our ongoing efforts to enhance our campus and provide you with the best clinical care.

All patients and visitors on our main campus must enter our hospital via Shapiro, Menino, or Moakley buildings, where they will be greeted by team members at a new centralized check-in desk before continuing to the hospital. We are excited to welcome you and appreciate your patience as we improve our facilities.

Pediatric patients, parents and providers may seek our Child Life Specialists for support during numerous medical experiences. Examples of child life interventions include:

  • Preparing a child & family for admission, surgery, specific tests or procedures
  • Supporting effective coping and effective pain management during a child’s medical procedure(s)
  • Providing information about a new diagnosis tailored to a child’s developmental age/level
  • Developing behavior modification programs to encourage success with a new medical regimen
  • Modeling therapeutic strategies for managing chronic Illness
  • Offering psychosocial support for children and families affected by trauma
  • Providing bereavement support for the children of adult patients

Additionally, our Child Life Specialists facilitate a wide variety of external programs and services to benefit patients and families at BMC, including:

  • Reach Out and Read Programming
  • The Hospital Outreach Program from Hole in the Wall Game Camp
  • Pieces of Home – The Backpack Project
  • Boredom Busters
  • Donor Coordination
  • Holiday toy donation and distribution
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Internship Opportunities

Patient Information

Child Life Specialists provide full-time coverage to Ambulatory Pediatrics, Inpatient Pediatrics/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Otolaryngology and the Pediatric Emergency Department. If you are interested in the support of a child life specialist for your patient or child, please call 617.414.2550.