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I like the idea as well, but here are my concerns. As the site owners, I would be concerned about calling someone an expert that I could not verify as one. On the internet, anyone can call themself anything and its kind of hard to know for sure about people. We are not in a position to do background checks or the sort. That is my biggest concern. I also do not want to see medical advice given via our message boards. We do have statement in our Terms of Service about the information on our site and not taking medical advice from our articles or forums, but this is still a big concern for me.
If you gals can help come up with a way to make this workable we can pursue this idea further. I wouldn't be opposed to adding a "Mommy Expert" or even add a board for Doulas so long as it is more of an information about becoming a doula or general questions about childbirth or what a doula doees. I just don't want to see it like a medical advice board. Does that make sense?
Other ideas are homebirth board or maybe even a health professionals board where anyone that is in the health profession can post there. This way you could post there for support if you work in the field and people could ask for your opinions. I think, if I am not mistaken, as an RN, LPN, or other health professional, you would also need to protect yourself from giving out medical advice.
If we could get a little more feedback on this that would help.
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As much as we would all like it to be otherwise, the internet is a big gamble. We're all assuming that the person posting is exactly what she says she is: in my case, a married female, mom to 3, former math teacher..... But no matter what precautions are set up, it's not terribly difficult for someone to make up an identity and post away. Most of the time it's harmless, but this is an area where there could be some serious effects, particularly if the person asking the question doesn't follow up with a trip to a local medical professional.
So if I give you bad advice on you son's geomety homework, the world doesn't end. But if a phony medical professional gives you advice on his medication, it might.
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I like the idea too, but again Patty is "right" as usual LOL when it comes to the internet and not having nothing to back yourself up like creditials or liability issues. Ok I am in the Social service field through a few jobs I had and my degree so I love giving out SW like advice or options to those who ask for it. But after I give them my opinion or advice I remind them strongly, I AM NOT AN EXPERT AND IF YOU NEED TO CALL YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY NUMBER/DOCTOR do so. Because two things can go wrong here: 1. they may take my advice and I do not know their full history or whatever and it fails, they can come back and blame me for the wrong info or 2. hurt themselves or others and I have no way to stop it!-I am online! No real contact to that person otherwise.
At one time we did have a private crisis subforum under the Mental health so pple could come to me for advice confidentially but no one did LOL.
On that note and what Patty suggested as boards, if you "really" think about it you can ask the "mommy expert" in any of the particular forums you have questions about for example, in Mental Health you can post "help need mommy expert" or help need Social work advice and I am sure us social workers will find ourselves to ur post. Or if you have a question about particular "job" and what it entails then visit the "Working Moms" board and post Attn "Lawyer Moms" and post any qs you have for them....I hope this made sense.
I've seen on other boards a disclamier, about things like this before though. I don't know if that'd work or not. I'm not a "legal" person so I don't know how much that would help, if somebody does decide to press charges on a bad advice [either the person giving or recieveing advice], it wouldn't be JM fault, or liabilty.
Thats my logic, lOl.
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