Vitamin K and the Newborn

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 available!


Here’s what it says on the cover…

buy from am uk buttonWhat 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?

buy from am us buttonVitamin 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.


Please be aware that the previous (2002) edition of this book is now out-of-date and contains information that is no longer correct.


A Few Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get it? This book is available from Amazon and at good bookstores. 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. We’re also happy to mail out orders of 5 or more books if you want to get a few for clients, colleagues or friends.

Buy from Amazon UKHow much is it? The recommended retail price is £10.00 in the UK. The international prices vary a bit.

Buy from Amazon USWill it be available on Kindle? Yes, and the UK price is £5.75 (including VAT). The Kindle version is available from Amazon UK, 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.