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Sara Wickham

Dr Sara Wickham is an author, speaker and researcher who offers a variety of creative resources for midwives, birth workers, women and families. Sara is the author/editor of seventeen books. She has lectured in more than twenty-five countries and provides consultancy services for birth and health-related organisations around the world. You can find Sara online at, @drsarawickham and at

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About this course

Take a free, self-study course offered by Dr Sara Wickham. 

We're offering videos and resources, tips and tools to help you on your journey into birth-related knowledge. 

The summary...

Dates: anytime you like! This is a self-guided course that you work through at your own pace. It takes about two hours in total.

Venue: Your computer (and most of the content is smartphone and tablet friendly too!)

Includes: videos, resources and a few emails to help build your knowledge.

Click 'Register Now' to book your place. 

If you need any help signing up, just email and they'll be happy to help. 

Or read on to find out more...

A few more details...

Over the past few years, I have helped tens of thousands of midwives, students, birth educators, doulas, yoga teachers and other birth folk to build their skills and confidence with understanding and discussing research, and to stay on top of new birth-related evidence and thinking. I offer a number of full-length, interactive, facilitated online courses and also plenty of free resources, including a newsletter, website and sharable social media posts.

My latest project, Tips and Tools for your journey into birth-related research, is a free, mini, self-study online course for new or aspiring midwives, doulas, birth educators and others. 

In it, I explain the Birth Information Project, which houses the free resources that I offer to those working with pregnant and childbearing families. I also share a few ideas and tips about how to get started on your journey of understanding birth-related research. 

I am a midwife, educator, author and researcher. It's my job to stay on top of the evidence relating to pregnancy and birth. My goal is to help others to stay up-to-date and to build confidence with the evidence. If you're beginning that journey or even if you've been on it for a while and are just curious to see what our online courses might look like, this course is a great place to start.  

Unlike our full-length courses, this isn't a facilitated course. If you'd like to chat to Sara and other participants, access the full range of materials that we usually offer and enjoy one of our live webinars, you might like to sign up for a full-length course. And feel free to do both!

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 updating your knowledge, discussing new research and sharing experiences in a friendly community with myself and a group of like-minded people from around the world, then this course is designed for you. 

If you're thinking about becoming a midwife, doula or other birth worker, this course is for you as well!

An important note

When you register, you will be sent an email to confirm your registration and welcome you to the course. 

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The most likely reasons for not receiving confirmation are that you have  accidentally mistyped your email address or that the confirmation email  has gone into your spam/junk folder. If it's there, please add our email address to your 'safe sender' list. We have no way of getting in touch with you if you have entered your email address incorrectly or if your server won't accept our emails, so please type your email address carefully, check for a confirmation email and get in touch if it doesn't arrive!

I hope you enjoy the course!

With my very best wishes,



How much learning is in here?

This course contains two hours of learning.

Do I have to do it all at once?

No; that's the beauty of an online course like this. We won't promise that we'll keep the course up forever, but we do promise that, once you've signed up, you can keep access for at least three months, and probably much longer.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, you'll get a certificate for your portfolio at the end of the course.  

Terms and Conditions

This course is for individual use only.  Each participant needs to sign up separately and secure their own username and password. We reserve the right to suspend access if a user logs in on an unusual number of devices, as this can be a sign of illegal password sharing. Unless stated otherwise in the individual lesson, all of the course content is copyright. Videos, podcasts and written materials may not be shared with others in any form, including photographs or screenshots on social media. The course is designed to help those working with pregnant and birthing women and new families to stay up-to-date with birth-related research and thinking. Signing up to the course indicates your acceptance that you will not attempt to use the materials in this course to teach colleagues or others who work in this way.  We fully support you to use your new-found knowledge in your work or childbirth classes but you may not directly use our materials to do so.  We are a small, family-run business. If you think that others would benefit from our courses, please encourage them to sign up themselves, as this will also help us to create more courses as well as continue to offer free materials on Sara's website. Please contact us before signing up if you need clarification on any of this.

Ready to join us? Just click 'Register Now' to jump into the course! And don't forget to check that you're getting our emails!