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Pregnancy Community Sites, FaceBook Groups and Forums



Community Sites and Forums


Pregnancy.org


  • Description: "We're built by parents for parents. We've banded together to build a website to educate, empower, and connect ourselves, other parents, and people trying to become parents. We're doing this out of our love for children, and our desire to do our best raising them to become good adults. We believe parenting is a sacred responsibility, and that education and communication will help us fulfill this responsibility the best we can."
  • Content: Chat, videos, product reviews, calendar and pregnancy information.
  • Quality: Click here to see the editorial board.

Pregnancy.org

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Baby Center


  • Description: "BabyCenter, the Web's #1 global interactive parenting network, has nurtured more than 100 million parents since its launch in 1997. Our purpose is to support parents through their journey of parenthood with a blend of expert advice and user-created wisdom. We offer trustworthy, medical advisory board-approved information and real-world, parent-to-parent tips from pre-conception through age eight. Our goal is to increase the enjoyment of parenting and remove some of the guilt and worry by providing a full and balanced picture of raising a child, leaving the decision making to the parents."
  • Content: Site Map will help you navigate through content.
  • Quality: 2007 WEBAWARD winner for outstanding achievement in website development

Babycenter

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BabyZone


  • Description: "Attracting nearly five million visits each month, BabyZone.com has become the premier online destination for highly personalized and localized parenting content and tools. It seamlessly moves through every parent's journey from preconception to pregnancy and parenting. In fact, it has become - the pregnancy, parenting and family planning community and resource of choice - for millions of people contemplating pregnancy, having babies and nurturing their children through early childhood."
  • Content: Quizzes, resources, mom talks and news.
  • Quality: It's more than 10 years old and has nearly five million visits each month.

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Daily Strength Teen Pregnancy


  • Description: "This community is dedicated to the experience of being pregnant, specifically as a teenager."
  • Content: Support groups, blogs and chat.
  • Quality: Accredited by HONcode.



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SureBaby


  • Description: "Tina Yantz, created SureBaby, wanting to create a comfortable environment for all moms and a place to find articles on pregnancy, baby and parenting."
  • Content: Photos, videos, music and groups.
  • Quality: SureBaby has been around since 1999 providing a wealth of information for expectant and new moms as well as those trying to conceive."



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ItchyMoms.com


  • Description: "An online resource for women who suffer from Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy, also known as Obstetric Cholestasis. Often, the only symptom noticed is itching."
  • Content: A lot of resourcs and patient stories.
  • Quality: Disclaimer and clear, detailed contact information.

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Mumsnet.com


  • Description: "Mumsnet was set up in January 2000 by Justine Roberts, a sports journalist, and Carrie Longton, a TV producer. We met in antenatal classes and soon discovered that we knew nothing the best source of information on everything from sleep problems to choosing first shoes was the other mums from our antenatal group."
  • Quality: Clear disclaimer, serous media coverage.

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Kellymom


  • Description: "This website was developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting. I hope that my articles are helpful and encouraging."
  • Quality: Bio of author, Kelly Bonyata and web awards.

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BabyandBump


  • Description: "Our community is dedicated to offering a friendly environment in which to chat about all things family related. Whether you are planning for your first or expecting another baby, you will always find like minded members to talk and make friends with. Look though our numerous subject specific forums or feel free post about anything you want to chat about."
  • Quality: "Pregnancy forum, baby and parenting community. Advice on conception, pregnancy symptoms, ultrasound scans, fertility and infertility. Anything from TTC, charting to pregnancy tests plus any problems including ectopic pregnancy, PCOS, IVF and miscarriage support."

BabyandBump forum

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Pregnancy Forum UK


  • Description: "Pregnancy, Trying to Conceive and Parenting Forum."
  • Quality: "A friendly forum community for people to discuss pregnancy, trying to get pregnant and parenting in the UK."

Pregnancy Forum UK

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JustMommies Message Boards


  • Description: "JustMommies is the friendliest place for moms and moms-to-be!"
  • Quality: "Information and support on how to get pregnant, pregnancy and prenatal care, parenting babies and kids, from moms for moms."

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eHealthForum - Pregnancy Forums


  • Description: "Welcome to the Pregnancy Forum - a health community featuring member and doctor discussions ranging from a specific symptom to related conditions, treatment options, medication, side effects, diet, and emotional issues surrounding medical conditions."
  • Quality: It is accredited by HONcode.

eHealthForum Pregnancy Forum

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MDJunction - Pregnancy Support Group


  • Description: "A community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with Pregnancy, together."
  • Quality: Accredited by HONcode.

MDJunction Pregnancy Support Group

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MedHelp - Pregnancy Forum


  • Description: "The MedHelp site connects people with the leading medical experts and others who have similar experiences. Today, MedHelp empowers over 5.5 million people each month to take control over their health and find answers to their medical questions. MedHelp has over 14 years of accumulated information from doctors and other patients across hundreds of conditions. "
  • Quality: Accredited by HONcode.

Medhelp Pregnancy Forum

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WebMD® - Pregnancy Community


  • Description: "This community is for women who are pregnant. No matter what trimester, we want to hear all about your tests, ultrasounds, health team and of course the baby to come!"
  • Quality: Accredited by HONcode.

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Giving Birth with Confidence


  • Description: "Giving Birth with Confidence is an online community, created by Lamaze International, written for and by real women (and men) with a variety of trustworthy, timely and appealing stories, articles and tips related to pregnancy, birth and parenting."
  • Quality: Description, information about the editors and contact addresses are available.

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Inspire - Pregnancy Community


  • Description: An online community connecting those with an interest in pregnancy and parenting.
  • Quality: Sponsored by Discovery Health.

Inspire Pregnancy Community

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Preeclampsia Foundation


  • Description: "The Preeclampsia Foundation is an empowered community of patients and experts, with a diverse array of resources and support to help you have the best possible pregnancy or to help you navigate the questions you’ll have if you don’t. We provide unparalleled support and advocacy for the people whose lives have been or will be affected by the condition – mothers, babies, fathers and their families."
  • Quality: "Preeclampsia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy by providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices."

Preeclampsia Foundation

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BellyHood.com


  • Quality: Privacy policy and archives are available.



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FaceBook Groups


Facebook is a free social networking site where users can join groups. In these groups, members can post messages, interact with others or find relevant content. A few of the numerous Pregnancy groups:



Pregnancy


  • Description and content: "Come and talk about anything you want to many diffent woman including myself that is pregnant."

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Pregnancy and Parenting


  • Description and content: "Come in and discuss children, babies, pregnancy or whatever! Update us on your kids or pregnancy. Or come here for help and support from other mothers and/or fathers."

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Pregnancy Tracker


  • Description and content: "This group is for your own pregnancy or in support of a pregnant friend."

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Pregnancy Support


  • Description and content: "This group is to help women who are struggling to conceive or carry to term or those who have sucessful stories and words of encouragement."

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Ectopic Pregnancy Support Group


  • Description and content: "Have you had an ectopic pregnancy? Think you're having an ectopic pregnancy? Do you need somewhere to grieve with other people who've experienced one also? Feel free to share your story in a group where everyone can relate."

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FaceBook Applications


Lilypie Baby, Pregnancy and Birthday Ticker


  • Description: "Pregnancy tickers to count to your due date, birthday tickers to display your children's age, memorial tickers, breastfeeding tickers to display how long you have been breastfeeding, TTC tickers to keep track of your cycle when Trying to Conceive and adoption tickers."

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Mommyhood


  • Description: "Create your own Mommyhood made up of your favorite mom friends."

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