Category: Articles

Folic acid: is there a problem?

A 2007 article in which Sara Wickham looks at some of the issues surrounding recommendations for folic acid for pregnant women and woman planning pregnancy.

A decade of polarity

Sara Wickham looks at some of the changes that occured in the fields of birth, related research and midwifery between 1997 and 2007.

What’s on the label?

Sara Wickham discusses issues relating to the labelling of drugs and whether people should be offered more information about what they contain.

Spin-Based Practice

Why do some ‘facts’ and ‘findings’ get shared and publicised more than others? Dr Sara Wickham looks at the concept of spin in relation to birth knowledge.

The New Pathology of Shortness

A 2003 article in which Sara Wickham riffed on the implications of seeing shortness as a diagnosable medical condition rather than a variation of normal.


Sara Wickham debates the language of pain relief in labour, and asks how we can get better information out about the benefits and risks of this.