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Join Sara Wickham for a week of online learning that will update you on the evidence relating to group B strep in pregnancy/ birth and help you feel better equipped to discuss related issues with clients and colleagues!
Dates: November 3-10 2017 (with all course materials available for another 14 days after that in case life happens and you need to catch up).
Venue: Your computer (and most of the content is smartphone and tablet friendly too!)
Includes: videos, audios, discussions, loads of downloadable resources, ideas, peer sharing and support, an experienced facilitator and a live webinar.
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The details in depth...
I am passionate about women and families being able to make the decisions that are right for them, based on good and clear information.
But, often, parents-to-be are given risk-focused, fear-based messages which don't give the whole picture, especially about issues such as group B strep (GBS); a bacteria which can occasionally cause severe infections in babies, but which many pregnant women (and others) carry without it causing any problems at all.
I know that much of the information out there on this topic is biased, and many people won't admit that there are huge questions to which we don't have good answers. But I also know that there are people out there - maybe including you? - who are really keen to facilitate informed decision-making. I know there are people who want help understanding the evidence, staying up-to-date and/or in thinking about better ways to communicate and discuss these issues. And some people really value being able to get together with others who share their passion so that they can discuss the issues, renew their energy and pool ideas and resources.
That's where I come in.
If you don't already know me, my name is Sara Wickham, and I'm a midwife with more than 20 years experience supporting women and families in home, birth centre and hospital settings. I've also got a PhD and a passion for helping people understand research, grow their knowledge and provide great care to women, babies and families.
I want to help you better understand the evidence relating to GBS and how we can effectively communicate it.
This course contains a hand-crafted series of lectures (which have been broken down into short chunks and lovingly videoed just for this course), a carefully-signposted journey which will take you step-by-step through the issues, and even more written and online resources than I can usually carry to workshops. You'll be part of an international group of equally passionate and committed midwives and birth folk in a private online workspace where we can chat, share experiences and exchange tips and ideas. I will facilitate the first week of the course, to answer your questions, debate the issues and lead a live webinar. After that, you'll be able to spend a further two weeks with the material and each other, and many of the written resources are downloadable for later personal use.
In this course, I'm going to take you through the issues and the evidence relating to GBS screening and treatment. We're going to look at what we do and don't know, and we're going to consider how we can effectively communicate these issues. I've got twenty years of midwifery experience and I have written a popular book which is designed to help women and families make decisions about group B strep screening and treatment. I'll use my practice, research and teaching experience to help you better understand the evidence and to develop confidence in discussing this area with colleagues, women and families.
Who is it for?
If you are a midwife, midwifery student, birth educator, doula, doctor, medical student, health professional, yoga teacher, birth activist, holistic therapist or birth worker who is woman-centred and interested in increasing your knowledge and building your confidence in discussing these issues with myself and a group of like-minded people from around the world, then this course is designed for you.
Other people are very welcome to join us too, but please be aware that this is a professional CPD course and some of the discussions are likely to be technical. The nature of our modern culture requires me to make it clear that nothing that I or any course participant says or writes in this course can be taken to constitute professional midwifery or medical advice and that by signing up to join this course you agree that you understand and accept that.
What will you find when you come in?!
I've created a step-by-step course which includes a range of videos, audio chats, written resources and links to wider material. I break down the issues into manageable, understandable chunks and this is rounded off with a smörgåsbord of resources, many of which you can download for later personal use. The course includes a live webinar where I'll present live and be available to answer your questions and, of course, you'll get to interact with myself and other participants in the discussion forums.
Please be warned though ... this isn't e-learning where you just jump from one written slide to the next! There are twelve hours' worth of interactive learning material in this course. You can pick and choose what you want to do to suit your own needs, but if you want to make the most of the course, you'll need to set aside some time, ideally in the facilitated week of the course, which is when most of the action and discussion happens.
I want you to be heartened by stories and suggestions and support from others, and to feel more secure in your own knowledge and experience.
Just scroll back up and click the registration button above to join us.
Dates for your diary...
All of the course materials will become available to you from Friday 3rd November, which means that those of you who have more time at the weekend can begin to work through the course then. I will pop in on that day and over the weekend and then join you more fully in the discussions from Monday morning (6th November) until Friday lunchtime (10th November) ... that's the period that I'm referring to as the facilitated week of the course. During that time I will be available to chat and answer your questions and I will host a live webinar on Thursday November 9th (9am UK time).
I know your life is busy and you might not get to study everything during the facilitated week of the course, so you'll get to keep access to the materials for a further two weeks after that (until Friday November 24th) in case you need more time to catch up or go over anything. You can also download many of the written resources for personal use.
I can't wait to chat to you on the course! Places are limited though, and course enrollment will close once we are full.
With my very best wishes,
P.S. This is really important!
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How much learning is in here?
This course contains 12 hours of learning, which equates to two full days of study. However, you can pick and choose the path you take through it, and you don't need to do all of it if you'd rather concentrate on particular areas. You can also download some of the reading for personal use later if you prefer.
Do I have to do it all at once?
No; that's the beauty of an online course like this. You get a whole week of facilitated learning and you'll be able to access the materials for a further two weeks after the facilitated week of the course ends in case life happens and you need to catch up. However, we recommend that you try to engage in as many of the discussions as possible during the facilitated week of the course, as this is where a lot of the interaction and the 'a-ha' moments happen!
Will I get a certificate?
Yes, you'll get a certificate for your portfolio at the end of the course.
What have other people said about my online courses?
I'm so glad you asked! ;) Here are some of the comments that previous participants in my Group B Strep Explored course have sent...
Absolutely would recommend all midwives to do this course. Its really high quality, so easy to access which means you can do it to fit around your life's other commitments and excellent value for money. - Midwife, UK
Another brilliant online course. So well structured and comprehensive. This is such a complex issue but Sara broke in down into digestible pieces. One of the best aspects of Sara's courses is the feeling of connection she creates. Not only between her and me, but also between all the participants. Even though we are all doing the course in our own place and time it feels like a shared experience. This is especially important for those of us who are feeling like lone voices when it comes to these sort of issues. So I not only want to thank Sara, but all the other participants for an awesome course. I can't wait for Sara's next course. - Midwife and childbirth educator, Australia
A terrific course which covered everything I could possibly wish to know about GBS and more! The set up of the course is fabulous and is easy to follow. Being able to chat with others in the field and hear of their experiences adds to the enjoyment and knowledge I gained. A complex topic handled brilliantly. Well done Sara! I will be back for more! - Midwife, Australia
This course has been very helpful, its comprehensive approach has assisted me to look carefully at GBS with new eyes. I believe I am more aware and have some great resources to use and share with colleagues and the women I care for. Midwife
It is such a great way to learn, I have been able to link into the course at my local coffee shop, at work and as well as curled up in my cosy lounge, it has made learning far more accessible. Thanks Sara, you are a gift to our profession. - Midwife, Belgium
A thought provoking course which leads you (at your own pace) through all the many complex areas of GBS, and which gives many resources to take away, re-read and reflect on. There are many issues which can apply across maternity care - and life in general, on choices, interpretation of research, and communication. Plenty of space for interaction with other participants around the world, and a great webinar. As always Sara Wickham delivers! Thank you! - Midwife, UK
Another excellent course from Sara. Well presented and structured with the added benefit of being able to work through it at your own pace. As someone who constantly can't attend courses I've paid for because I'm busy looking after women in labour, this approach to learning is invaluable. - Midwife, Ireland
A whole plate of information and food for thought. Was good to question alternatives and the know which ones have a choice of having some value. - Midwife, USA
I was drawn to doing this course because I had previously completed Sara's course on 'overdue' pregnancies. Both times I have found them invaluable to back up the information I give to my clients to enable them to make informed choices. It has also increased my confidence in knowing that there is a wealth of resources available for my personal knowledge and to pass on to clients. Thanks again, Sara, Keep them coming! - Doula and Antenatal Educator, England
I really enjoyed how the online course challenged us to look at the topic from various angles and question research and practice to pave way to shift the paradigm of birthing. I also found it really helpful to have an interactive course whilst in the comfort of your own home (or on the go), making it very realistic and doable. - Doula, Singapore
GBS is a complex topic, without straightforward answers, this course has really helped me understand the issues, the evidence, the limitations of the evidence and the issue of choice in an emotive field. I feel much more confident in talking to women about GBS as a result of completing this course, thank you. - Childbirth educator, UK.
This is the second course I've taken of Sara's and absolutely recommend them to every health practitioner. I attended one course as a student and now again as a graduate midwife and found them both easy to manage among work and study. - Midwife, Australia
I really enjoyed being able to undertake this course at home on the computer or on my iPad on the go. Such a wealth of information. I would certainly recommend this course. - Midwife
This has been a great experience of connecting with midwives around the world and exchange; wisdom, experience and knowlledge. I feel very grateful for this opportunity and I feel emboldened as an advocate by what I have learned on the course. - Midwife, Spain
This course succinctly brings together all of the available evidence on GBS screening and management in pregnancy. It provides a valuable opportunity to review your knowledge and understanding and ensure that your clinical care is supportive of informed decision making. I would highly recommend it to anyone involved in providing care to childbearing women. Thanks!! - Midwife, Australia
All the small print ... cancellations, transfers and refunds
In a situation where a participant wishes to change or cancel their enrolment in an online course, we offer the following options. A participant may only take up one of these options once.
- If you wish to withdraw from the course up to 14 days after confirmation of your purchase and before the course has started, we will issue a full refund provided the course hasn’t yet started. The refund can only be issued through our payment provider by the means and in the currency that you paid and we cannot compensate for any exchange rate fluctuations. It can take several days to be paid back onto your card.
- If you wish to withdraw from the course more than 14 days after confirmation of your purchase and at least 24 hours before the course has started, we cannot offer a refund, but you can sell/transfer your place to a colleague or friend. We may be able to transfer your place to another course, but this is at our discretion and it will depend on whether and when we plan to run the same course again.
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