Gathering in the Knowledge – November dates now out!

Well 2020 has been quite a year, but we’re nearing the end and that means we only have one more run of the 2020 edition of Gathering in the Knowledge.

Gathering in the Knowledge is Sara Wickham’s popular ‘annual update’ online course. We create a new edition 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 research. 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!

The final run of the 2020 version will run from November 6-13. Spaces are limited on all of our online courses, so please sign up early. All but one of this year’s courses filled up before it began. Please sign up early if you want to be sure of a place.


Sign up here for Gathering in the Knowledge 2020 – November 6-13.


What’s it all about?

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 Offering courses that you can access ‘forever’ isn’t actually that helpful in a world where things change and go out of date quickly.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 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, in March, May, July, September and November.

And the November dates are now open!

Sign up here for Gathering in the Knowledge 2020 – November 6-13.


The course materials are available to you for a total of five weekswe have extended all our courses by an extra week while people are dealing with the difficulties of the changing situation with the corona virus. During the first week, I will be in the course with you to chat, answer questions and host a live webinar. You then have access to the course for another four weeks after that and you can continue to chat with your course colleagues while completing the course if you didn’t have time to finish it all in the first week.


What’s in for 2020?

The key topics for Gathering in the Knowledge 2020 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.
  • Exploration of recent studies and news stories relating to post-term pregnancy, induction and stillbirth.
  • A focus section, research updates and woman-centred discussion on the perineal care bundle packages being rolled out in the UK and Australia.
  • Discuss new thinking on the practice of abdominal examination and a new (or old) technique to deal with shoulder dystocia.
  • Ponder and chat about new ideas relating to discussing vitamin K and supporting women after caesarean.
  • Chat about the issues raised by mobile phones in the birth room.
  • A focus throughout on woman-centred care, and 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 those dates don’t work for you but 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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