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- Overall, we rate Verywell Family a pro-science source based on proper sourcing and fact-checking information through experts in the field.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Verywell Family is a medical and health website launched by About.com in 2017. The website provides factual evidence-based information on pregnancy and parenting. According to their about page they “Verywell Family is a modern resource that offers a realistic and friendly approach to pregnancy and parenting. Our library of more than 5,000 pieces of content, created and refined over the past 20+ years, has been written by more than 100 healthcare professionals and industry experts including experienced pediatricians and parenting coaches, and is then vetted by board-certified physicians.”
Funded by / Ownership
Verywell Family is owned and published by Dotdash, formerly About.com. Dotdash owns the VeryWell network which consists of the websites Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell, and Verywell Mind. They also own the website Investopedia. Revenue is derived through advertising as well as affiliate commissions for some of the products they recommend.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Verywell Family provides news and information related to getting pregnant, pregnancy, and parenting. They also publish news with minimal bias such as this Fertility May Be Delayed After Stopping Certain Types of Birth Control. This article is properly sourced to the British Medical Journal as well as Conception Journal and other credible medical journals. The website is currently providing information on the Coronavirus from a pro-science perspective such as this Ongoing COVID-19 School Closures Could Impact Academic Achievement.
Editorially, VeryWell Family employs editors that are involved in medicine or the related field as well as fact-checkers who ensure the articles are accurate and evidence-based. In general, information is factual and presented with limited bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date.
Overall, we rate Verywell Family a pro-science source based on proper sourcing and fact-checking information through experts in the field. (D. Van Zandt 11/19/2020)