21 Oct Dr. Google
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Thank you, Jodi the Doula! I couldn’t have put it better myself. The internet has some great information available – but infinitely more amateur and alarmist opinions or facts, presented without evidence, references, or any sort of way to confirm that this website or person is who they say they are. Even if you review the information with skepticism, a little seed of worry often takes root. And, as internet medicine can often come with internet treatments, how can you tell if what they are recommending is safe or effective?
Although most of us are aware of the slippery slope of internet medicine, most of us still feelcompelled to look up our weird sensations and questions… especially in pregnancy. So what are better sites to visit when questions come up?
My best recommendation is to have established websites that you can trust, and utilize search engines for that site only. Go to books! Amie and I have put together a great list of resources for pregnancy, when you just can’t stop from looking. And know: if you are truly concerned, please call your care provider!
(We have not yet made an anti-list, but keep your eyes open!)