Forget Dr Google, mums now consulting Dr Facebook

Pregnant women and new mums are turning to Facebook mums' groups for medical information, but the advice they receive is occasionally dangerous, a  study shows.

Peer-to-peer sharing of health information is a growing trend on social media and many women are using Facebook mothers’ groups as a source of support and advice, according to Sarah Smith, a pharmacist at Calvary Hospital, ACT.

In a study of the quality of health advice provided on five local Facebook mothers groups, Ms Smith and colleagues analysed 59