This website is the online home of midwife, author, educator and researcher Dr Sara Wickham. It contains hundreds of free articles and blog posts for anyone seeking information about birth and midwifery as well as details of other resources, Sara’s online courses, live events and books. If you’re looking for one of Sara’s articles, information on a specific topic or just want to see what’s happening in the world of birth research and information, then you’ve come to the right place!
If you want to be kept up-to-date, we have a free newsletter that offers a monthly overview of the best of the blog, research study updates, news and a few bits that Sara writes especially for her newsletter friends… Look for the blue box titled Stay on top of the evidence and pop your details in there 🙂 All of this site’s blog posts and lots of other updates also get posted on Sara’s facebook page and are shared on her Twitter feed. Please note that Sara doesn’t spend time on Twitter; it’s just a feed for those of you who like to use it to share information. Nor do we look at DMs on any of our social media accounts; there are too many to keep up with. Sara plays on Instagram too if you’d like to see some behind-the-scenes stuff and get cool quotes to share with your colleagues, clients and friends.
But who is Sara?
Dr Sara Wickham PhD, RM, MA, PGCert, BA(Hons) is a multi-passionate midwife, speaker, bestselling author and researcher who works independently, dividing her working time between speaking, writing, blogging, facilitating online courses, creating resources for midwives, birth workers and women and undertaking a wide variety of consultancy projects and advisory activities.
Sara’s career has been varied and includes more than twenty years of experience as a midwife, lecturer and researcher. She is the author/editor of fifteen books, has lectured in more than twenty-five countries, has been the editor of three midwifery journals and provides consultancy services for midwifery and health-related organisations around the world.
“Much of what I do draws on my ability to bring together different sources of knowledge, to create and share new ways of seeing and thinking and to inspire others. My work is rooted in a strong academic grounding, enhanced by years of wide and varied experience in midwifery practice, education and research, and made diverse and fun because I am by nature creative and enthusiastic.”
- Live Events – Sara speaks at workshops, study days and conferences around the world. If you’d like to attend one, there’s a full list on Sara’s Live Events page, together with links to buy tickets. Sara is mostly based in Wiltshire, UK but goes all over the world … some of her past destinations include Japan, Russia, Trinidad, Denmark, Australia, Belgium, Iceland, New Zealand and Norway.
- Online Courses – Sara also offers online courses for midwives and birth folk, and you can check out Sara’s Online Courses page to see all of those that are currently available. These are a great way of expanding your knowledge, growing your confidence and building your community, and we are delighted at how well the courses are being received.
- Books – Sara has written a number of books which you can read all about on her Books page. The most recent of these are Inducing Labour: making informed decisions, What’s Right For Me? Making decisions in pregnancy and childbirth and Vitamin K and the Newborn.
- Articles – Sara began this website in order to share her published articles. You will find a full list on the articles page but, because there are so many (and sometimes their titles don’t tell you exactly what they’re about), it can also be helpful to use the search box or click on relevant tags.
- Blog posts – this site also hosts Sara’s blog, in which she shares and discusses all manner of birth-related information, including recent articles, research studies, information and resources, often with additional commentary or discussion. You can search for blog posts by using the search button to look for specific topics, or scroll back through the archives to see what grabs your attention…
You will never find any external adverts on this site. Here’s why:
I have always wanted the articles and blog posts on this site to remain free to anybody who would like to read them. I am really happy to donate some of my time to this each week, but the information-sharing element of my work still needs to be hosted and supported by programs, technical and other expertise. I don’t want to fund this by taking adverts, or using free web hosting services that will place their own adverts on my site, and I particularly don’t want this project funded by the promotion of baby-related products; otherwise how could anybody trust my independence…
Instead, the running costs of this site are crowdfunded in a rather unique way by the generosity of people like you who are also keen to have places and sources of knowledge for themselves and for women and families which are not full of ads; so thank you 😀 If you haven’t seen me recently and don’t know how that happens, well I take a basketful of little hand-made fabric hearts (as described in this post) and a few home-made craft items (including mini birthkit purses and velvet vaginas!) almost everywhere I speak, and anyone who would like to help keep the information flowing is welcome to buy some craft and/or rehome a heart in exchange for a donation towards the running costs of the site. I love that these little hearts and crafts are now spreading out around the world, and I am delighted that enough people care about the same stuff as I do to make this work.
I now also have a crowdfunding page so that those who aren’t going to see me in person this year but who would like to support the continuation of this site can do so … if you find my work useful and want to keep it free for midwives and birthworkers, or if you see true value in offering independent, woman-centred, evidence-informed and heart-funded birth-related information for women, please click the button and make a donation – thank you very much 🙂
But wait! Didn’t you once say you wanted to be a bridge engineer?
Yes, I did. An older version of this page contained the following paragraph which one of my lovely proofreader colleagues felt I should bring back so that you can know a bit more about me:
In my free time, I enjoy travelling, quilting and music – sometimes simultaneously! – and am also quite partial to campfires, Thai food, dairy-free chocolate and wine. When I grow up, I would like to be either a geophysicist, a bridge engineer (though I only want to build big cool bridges), a quilt shop owner or a drummer – I haven’t yet decided which it will be! 😉
Here’s hoping you enjoy the website!
Disclaimer: While I do my best to keep this site up-to-date and packed with good information, the information cannot be guaranteed as accurate and should not be taken to constitute professional midwifery or medical advice. No website or written information can be an appropriate substitute for a careful and respectful appraisal of the unique and holistic needs of an individual. I am sorry that I cannot respond to queries from people with whom I am not already working. If you are seeking advice in relation to your own health, please consult an appropriately knowledgeable practitioner for information specific to your situation.
© Sara Wickham 2008-2018.