Gathering in the Knowledge – back in 2021!

Well 2020 has been quite a year, and we have now closed registration for the 2020 edition of Gathering in the Knowledge. But we’ll be back with a brand new edition in 2021!

Gathering in the Knowledge is Dr Sara Wickham’s popular ‘annual update’ online course. It is intended for midwives and birth folk (by which we mean student midwives, childbirth educators, doulas, doula students, hypnobirthing teachers, pregnancy yoga teachers, therapists and others who work with women and families in the childbearing year and people aspiring to work in any of these fields who have done a bit of reading and would like to know more. Now you know why we abbreviate that to ‘birth folk’!)


In a nutshell…

We create a new edition of Gathering in the Knowledge at the beginning of every year and fill it with videos, podcasts, written activities, articles and discussions so that midwives and birth folk can get updated on the very latest birth-related research and thinking.

Each edition runs just for that year and we then create a brand new one for the next year.

This is why many people take the course every year and see it as an opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues as well as getting updated.

Want to know more about how it works?

Every year, we design and run a unique online course which offers busy midwives and birth folk an easy, fun way to get updated on new research and thinking.

It’s bite-sized, to fit around your busy life.

It’s guilt-free. (You get enough pressure from elsewhere).

And it’s interactive, because we know the value of being part of a community of supportive, woman-centred colleagues from around the world.

It’s also always bang up-to-date. Offering courses that you can access ‘forever’ isn’t actually that helpful in a world where things change and go out of date quickly. So each year’s Gathering in the Knowledge is made in January and February and it runs only until the end of the current year.

Then, we retire it and make a brand-new edition for the next year. With totally new content.

It usually runs five times during the year, in March, May, July, September and November.

The course materials are available to you for a total of five weeks.

During the first week, Dr Sara Wickham will be in the course with you to chat, answer questions and host a live webinar.

You then have access to everything in the course (other than Sara) for another four weeks after that. So you can continue to chat with your course colleagues while completing the course.


What does it contain?

We’re busy making the 2021 edition, so we can’t tell you exactly what’s in that one – though if you sign up to our newsletter list, you’ll be among the first to hear when we announce it – but the key topics and areas that we cover include:

  • An overview of ‘the big stories‘ from the past year or so.
  • Videoed research round ups on pregnancy, labour and birth, and postnatal and neonatal wellbeing.
  • Focused exploration of recent studies and news stories relating to topics of interest and new practices.
  • We usually include and focus on two big “hot topics”. In the past, these have included induction of labour, perineal care bundles and research into stillbirth.
  • The opportunity to discuss new research and thinking with colleagues from around the world.
  • Ponder and chat about new ideas in a safe space. Only people signed up for the course can see the discussions.
  • A focus throughout on woman-centred care.
  • A bonus section offering a smörgåsbord of resources for discussion and debate.
  • The best blog posts of the past year or so.
  • Stop press‘ updates if key research emerges during the facilitated week of the course.
  • And that’s just a taster – there’s lots more inside!


Want to know more?

In every edition of Gathering in the Knowledge, you’re able to:

  • Get updated on the latest evidence on many birth-related topics, with the help of video lectures, podcasts, written material, questions and discussions
  • Join me and your course colleagues for a live webinar looking at the very latest research.
  • Download printable handouts and worksheets to give you a head start with your notes and reflections.
  • Explore the latest research findings in a series of video lectures offering ‘research round-ups’ on different aspects of pregnancy and birth.
  • Learn more about how to read, appraise and carry out research as I explain elements of research in depth.
  • Discuss strategies, share information and give and receive support with midwives and birth folk from around the world.
  • Learn from real-life stories, scenarios and sharing, not just ‘the evidence’.
  • 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 you’d like to see what our courses are about before you commit, you’re very welcome to try our FREE mini online course: Tips and Tools for your journey into birth-related knowledge.


If you’d like to be among the first to hear when we release new dates for our courses, sign up for our free newsletter and Birth Information Update. Or click here to see details of all our online courses.


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