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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

This course has now begun and registration is closed, sorry.  If you would like details of Sara's other online courses, you can see the timetable here, or join our newsletter list to be among the first to hear when we release new course dates.

You can also see Sara's Vitamin K and the Newborn book here.

Join Dr Sara Wickham for a week of online learning, discussion and reflection on the evidence relating to vitamin K prophylaxis for newborn babies. 

We'll also talk lots about the wider issues, including how we can discuss information, options and risk and help parents make the decisions that are right for them.

The summary...

Dates: June 12-19 2020 (with all course materials available for another three weeks 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.

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...

The details in depth...

I know from experience that many midwives and birth folk find it difficult to know how to strike a balance when discussing vitamin K with parents, and others struggle to answer some of the common concerns that parents have. 

And even those who feel confident about the information often struggle with the wider issues of how we can best communicate this to parents.

Part of the problem is that some the information that is out there is one-sided, fear-based and patronising and many people feel that the risks are over-stressed. But it's also not helpful to pretend that everything is always fine. Because, although vitamin K deficiency bleeding is rare, it's still a very real problem. Another problem is that a lot of the information out there on the internet is out of date and hasn't been updated to reflect recent changes in our knowledge. 

So what do we know?

We know that, if we give vitamin K to every newborn baby, we can almost eradicate VKDB, an unpredictable bleeding disorder. But we also know that we have to give vitamin K to thousands and thousands of babies in order to prevent one baby experiencing a bleed. 

Many parents have questions.  Heck, even after practicing midwifery for twenty-five years I still have questions. And that's not for a lack of reading or understanding, because I literally wrote the book! But there is a real lack of decent and relevant research into this area and too many websites and sources out there who over stress either the risks of VKDB or the possible side effects of vitamin K. 

What should we believe? And, more importantly, how can we help parents navigate this information and find the path that is right for them and their baby?

It's time to relax, take a step back and regroup! 

In here, I have brought together the research and information that I gathered while updating my book, and my experience of teaching this subject to midwives and birth folk for many years. The result is this online course. It will help you to get up-to-date with the evidence, sort out the different perspectives, decide where you stand and then - most importantly of all - enable you to consider how you can best help parents in this area. 

All while chatting to midwives and birth folk from around the world. And not just about vitamin K. About how we handle and communicate information about options and decisions in general.

In this course, you'll be able to:

  • Get updated on the latest evidence in this area, with the help of video lectures, written material, questions, discussions and a live webinar. 
  • Download printable handouts and worksheets to give you a head start with your notes and reflections.
  • Find out about the acronym that I teach and share to enable practitioners, educators and parents to ask the right questions when considering any prophylactic intervention. (No, it's not BRAN/BRAIN/BRAINS, it's more specific than that).
  • Look (if you're brave enough ... nothing's compulsory!) at your own practice in this area and see whether there are things you might want to tweak.
  • Find out why we shouldn't put too much weight on the US case series which some claim is evidence of an increased risk of VKDB.
  • Discuss strategies, share information and give and receive support with midwives and birth folk from around the world.
  • Learn from real-life stories and scenarios.
  • Get lots of material to reflect upon in your portfolio (and, of course, a certificate to say you were here!)
  • Connect personally with me, as I will be online with you during the facilitated week of the course. You can ask me questions and participate in a live webinar which I will facilitate and which will bring together midwives and birth folk from around the world.

If this sounds good to you, just scroll back up and click the 'Register' button to join us :)

Who is it for?

If you are a midwife, midwifery student, birth educator, doula, doctor, medical student, health professional, hypnobirthing teacher, 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 for discussion and debate. You'll find printable handouts and other written resources which you can download for later personal use if you would like to. The course also includes a webinar where I'll present live and be available to answer your questions. Plus, of course, you'll get to interact with myself and other participants in the discussion threads. 

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 high-quality 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 12th June,  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 (15th June) until Friday lunchtime (19th June)  ... 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 18th June (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 three weeks after that, until Friday July 10th, 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! 

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

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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. UK-based midwives might like to know that 8 hours of this time qualifies as participatory learning according to the NMC definition of this term. However, you can pick and choose the path you take through the course, 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 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! 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

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 , 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

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

All the small print ... cancellations, transfers and refunds

In a situation where a participant wishes to change or cancel their enrollment 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 refund minus the small charge that our payment processor takes (approx 4% of the fee paid) 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. 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.
  • Refunds are not available once a course has started and you have been given access to the materials. If your circumstances change after you register  and/or you think you might experience difficulty completing the course then please let us know at least 24 hours before the course begins.   Online courses are like DVDs or CDs in that, once they have been opened (and if you have registered and paid for a course then we will consider that your access to the course will have been opened to you at midnight in your time zone on the start date), they cannot be returned. 

All requests for refunds or changes must be submitted by email to and not via social media or any other route. It is your responsibility to ensure that we have received your email within the stated timeframe, so please email us again if you are unsure. 

Once you have signed up to the course, you will receive a number of emails with details of how to access the course, the webinar and important administrative information. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are recieving these emails and to contact us if you have any problems. We're always happy to help! If you choose not to ensure that you are getting our emails, or to unsubscribe from course emails, we will have no way of sending you information or messages about the course and cannot be held responsible for you missing out on course-related information.

While we make every effort to run courses as advertised, we are a small, friendly, family-run business so we reserve the right to change course content and timings in the event of unforeseen illness, power outage or other similar issue. Rest assured that, if that ever happens, we'll find a way of making it up to you. We've never needed to cancel a course yet but, if we ever do, we'll give a full refund to participants. We've only ever had lovely people attend our courses but we reserve the right to suspend any student who disrupts the course.

Terms and Conditions

This course is for individual use only.  Each participant needs to pay for a course place 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 course, 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.

My question isn't answered here!

No worries ... If you have any other questions, just email and ask!

To join us, just scroll back up and click the registration button. The number of places on this course is limited.

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