Vitamin K and the Newborn

I’m excited to tell you that the second edition of Vitamin K and the Newborn, a book written to help parents and professionals understand the evidence and the issues surrounding the administration of vitamin K to newborn babies, is now in the final stages of publication and will be released at the end of September!


And we are offering a complimentary, signed, paperback copy of the new book to every participant on Sara’s Vitamin K and the Newborn online course, which runs from October 13-20, 2017. As soon as the book is released, we’ll post it to you (also free of charge) anywhere in the world. It’s our way of celebrating the double launch of the book and the course.


Here’s what it says on the cover…

What is Vitamin K? Why is it offered to all newborn babies? Does my baby need it? Should we agree to an injection, oral supplements or decide to do neither? Are there alternatives? Can we postpone the decision? Are some babies more at risk, and why?

Vitamin K has been routinely recommended for newborn babies for several decades, and many parents are happy for their child to be given this. But others want more information, have questions about why this intervention is offered or want to know whether there are downsides. This book guides the reader on a journey through the information, debate and research on this topic. It explains the issues and clarifies the different perspectives, drawing upon up-to-date midwifery and medical evidence and opinion and parents’ stories.

Dr Sara Wickham is a midwife, educator and researcher who has been writing and lecturing about vitamin K for more than twenty years. She is the author or editor of fifteen books, has edited three midwifery journals and provides in-person and online educational and consultancy services for midwifery, medical and health-related practitioners and organisations around the world.


I’ll be sharing more information over the next few weeks and, as with all my work, if you’d like to be among the first to hear when it’s published, just jump on my newsletter list, which will also get you a free monthly update of key birth-related research and information.


A Few Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get it? This book will be available from Amazon and at good bookstores. We’ll post all the links on this page when it’s available. I will also have copies with me at my UK workshops and events. If you’re struggling to get hold of it in your country, please use my contact form and we’ll do our best to help.

How much is it? The recommended retail price is £10.00 in the UK, 11.00 in Europe and $12.00 in the US.

Will it be available on Kindle? Yes, and the UK price will be £5.75 (including VAT). You can pre-order it on Amazon UK. The Kindle version is also now available for pre-order on Amazon in the US, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Australia and India.

I’m really happy to be able to put these books together and am always delighted when people tell me that my books help them or their clients. I very much hope that this update will help more people to understand the issues and make the decision that is right for them.

Do let me know if you have more questions and I will add the answers to them in here.