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Our mission is to support you through all the stages of pregnancy and parenthood.

Welcome to Verywell Family, an award-winning resource for reliable, compassionate, and up-to-date information on the pregnancy and parenting topics that matter most to you.

We are dedicated to empowering you with the best answers to your most pressing questions when it comes to fertility and planning for pregnancy, caring for a newborn, and navigating the complex stages of parenting.

For more than 20 years, we’ve worked hard to create and refine our curated library of comprehensive and trustworthy information. Our team of writers and editors are industry experts, including healthcare professionals and credible journalists, who write and continually update our 5,500+ article library. 

The Verywell Family Review Board includes board-certified physicians and family health experts who vet our articles. They join us on our mission to be a reliable resource for pregnancy and parenting advice.

We Partner With a Top Hospital

Verywell is a proud partner of The Cleveland Clinic, the #2 rated hospital in the U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report.

Meet Our Review Board

Our experienced board of OB/GYNs, pediatricians, nurses, parenting coaches, lactation consultants, childhood nutrition experts, family therapists, and more verify our content is high-quality, accurate, and judgment-free. We are here to support you through all the stages of parenthood.

Below are just some of the passionate board-certified physicians and family experts who make up the Review Board.

Alisa Baer, MD
Pediatrician
Alisa Baer
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Alisa Baer, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician, nationally certified child passenger safety instructor, and co-founder of The Car Seat Lady. In her 21 years in the field, Dr. Baer has consulted with many of the leading car seat manufacturers in the design and development of their car seats and has helped parents correctly install more than 15,000 car seats.

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Tyra Tennyson Francis, MD
Family Physician
Tyra
Personal Detail

Tyra Tennyson Francis, MD, is a board-certified family medicine physician and currently serves as the medical director of an outpatient clinic. With more than 10 years of experience, Dr. Tennyson Francis is also a former Naval officer, serving as an active duty family physician for six years. She still serves the military as a civilian doctor today.

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Ann-Louise T. Lockhart, PsyD, ABPP
Pediatric Psychologist
Ann-Louise T. Lockhart, PsyD, ABPP
Personal Detail

Ann-Louise T. Lockhart, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified pediatric psychologist, parent coach, author, speaker, and owner of A New Day Pediatric Psychology, PLLC. Dr. Lockhart specializes in working with clients who present with medical diagnoses and are seeking alternative solutions.

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Brian Levine, MD, MS, FACOG
Obstetrician-Gynecologist
Brian
Personal Detail

Brian Levine, MD, MS, FACOG, is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He is the director and founding partner of CCRM New York and was named a rising star by Super Doctors from 20172019. Dr. Levine has received multiple honors and awards for mentoring students, residents, and fellows.

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Leyla Bilali, RN
Fertility Consultant
Leyla Bilali
Personal Detail

Leyla Bilali, RN, is a registered nurse, fertility nurse, and fertility consultant in the New York City area. Passionate about providing personalized care, continuity and consistency, intimacy, and proper education for clients, Leyla is also an advisor for Robyn, an integrative fertility and parenthood wellness support platform.

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Willow Jarosh, MS, RD
Registered Dietitian
Willow Jarosh
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Willow Jarosh, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian and nutrition coach specializing in intuitive eating. She is the co-author of the Healthy, Happy Pregnancy Cookbook, and the founder of Willow Jarosh Nutrition, an intuitive eating based nutrition practice. As a media spokesperson, Willow has been featured in Fitness, SHAPE, SELF, and more.

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Our Editorial Process

Our editorial process centers on making sure you actually understand what you’re reading and know how to use the information to make confident choices about pregnancy and parenting. Our writers, editors, and fact checkers only use fact-based research and present it in a judgement-free way that empowers you to make the best decisions for you and your family.

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Written by parenting experts and journalists
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Fact-checked with science-backed research
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Reviewed by physicians and parenting professionals
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Updated to reflect the latest information

We Value Diversity and Inclusion

As a health brand that reaches more than 38 million readers per month, Verywell has the power and responsibility to create positive change. We have pledged to recruit and amplify Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) contributors across Verywell. We are working with the Dotdash Anti-Bias Review Board to expand representation within our articles and to fix language and content that aren’t inclusive. There is much to be done, but we are committed to reflecting our readers in the voices and content we share.

Meet Our Team

For more than 20 years, we’ve worked hard to provide you with comprehensive information that you can rely on. Our team of editors, designers, developers, and more is passionate about being innovative in the online health space. After all, we’re human, too, and want to ensure we’re making the best decisions for the health of ourselves and our families. 

Meet some of our team below. They are just one part of our staff, which includes SEO experts, product managers, designers, developers, and sales and marketing partners.

Jon Roberts, PhD
President, Dotdash Health
Jon Roberts
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Dr. Roberts has been with Dotdash since 2013 and previously held roles as Chief Innovation Officer and Head of Data Science. Most recently he was the President of Dotdash Finance overseeing strategy for Investopedia and The Balance.

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Rachel Berman
General Manager and Senior Vice President, Verywell
Rachel Berman
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Rachel Berman, RD is General Manager at Verywell, a registered dietitian, published author, and a proud mother to her toddler son. She has been with the company for 10 years and oversees the content and business strategies for Verywell Family, Verywell Fit, and Verywell Mind.

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Lauren Levinson
Editorial Director, Verywell Family
Lauren Levinson
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Lauren has 10+ years experience creating and managing content teams in the family, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle categories. As Verywell Family’s editorial director, she hopes to combine her creative ideas, editorial experience, and love for parenting to foster an engaged digital community.

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Riyana Straetker
Senior Editor, Verywell Family
Riyana Straekter
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Riyana has held editorial positions at ELLE.com, POPSUGAR, and Parents Magazine. As the senior editor for Verywell Family, she wants to combine her editorial experience and parenting background to create a digital community for every kind of parent at every stage.

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Cayla Keiser
Associate Editor, Verywell Family
Cayla Keiser
Personal Detail

Cayla Keiser holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She is passionate about all things divorce, nutrition, and sustainability—and as the associate editor for Verywell Family, hopes to combine these passions with the parenting space.

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McKenzie Pendergrass
Social Media Editor, Verywell
Mckenzie Pendergrass
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McKenzie found a spark for social media and audience engagement in journalism school. Now she combines her love for digital media and audience engagement as Verywell Family’s social media editor.

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Latifah Miles
Commerce Editor, Verywell Family
Latifah Miles
Personal Detail

Latifah Miles is the parenting commerce editor for Verywell Family. She has written for and been featured on Romper, Cosmopolitan, Elite Daily, Redbook Magazine, and Best Products.

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Craig Haines
Chief Revenue Officer
Craig Haines
Personal Detail

Craig has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, leading sales and partnerships at top publishers and pharmaceutical companies. He is a go-to thought leader in the pharma field, with several media appearances on MM&M and other outlets. 

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Rob Stephen
SVP Marketing
Rob Stephen
Personal Detail

Rob is a healthcare industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in both B-to-B and B-to-C marketing.  Previously, he held roles at Time Inc, Everyday Health and FCB Health.  Rob has worked with almost every top pharmaceutical company and brings deep industry knowledge and insight to Verywell.

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Awards

Verywell and our leadership team have been recognized by healthcare media as a leader in consumer health and wellness content, innovative tools and features, and as a great place to work.

We Are a Dotdash Brand

Verywell is part of the Dotdash family of brands, which help over 100 million users each month find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. Dotdash is among the largest and fastest growing publishers online, and has won over 80 awards in the last year alone, including Digiday's 2020 Publisher of the Year. Dotdash brands include Verywell, InvestopediaThe BalanceThe SpruceSimply RecipesSerious EatsByrdieBridesMyDomaineLifewireTripSavvyLiquor.comTreeHugger and Thoughtco.

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Our Policies

Advertising Policy

Verywell accepts advertising on all of its sites but maintains a strict and clear separation between advertising and editorial content. We pay special attention to featuring advertising in a way that will not interfere with your reading experience.

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We take online privacy seriously and we respect the concerns of our community of users. We may collect information, including personal data, directly from you if you choose to provide that information. When you access the Site, we and our third-party partners may automatically collect certain information about your visit using tools such as cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies.  We may use the information gathered on Verywell for various purposes, including responding to an email inquiry, and to serve advertising, content and offers to you based on your interests and online activities.

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Contact Us

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For press inquiries, email us at press@verywell.com.

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Write for Us

We’re always looking for experienced and qualified writers with expertise and credentials in pregnancy and parenting. Email us at writeforus@verywell.com.

Please note that we do not accept unsolicited guest-authored content.

Work With Us

Join our team of top-notch editors, designers, programmers, and others as we continue to make Verywell a leading source of parenting and pregnancy information.

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