Gathering in the Knowledge – May 2021 dates available!

We’re delighted to announce new dates for the 2021 edition of Gathering in the Knowledge.

Our March course is almost full, so we’ve now opened registration for the May run, from May 14-21, 2021, with all materials available until June 18.

(There are still a handful of places left on the March 19-26 run, but you’ll need to be quick!)

Gathering in the Knowledge is Dr Sara Wickham’s popular ‘annual update’ online course. Sara looks at the key birth-related research from the past year or so. She picks the most interesting, juicy and relevant studies and then creates a buffet of videos, podcasts, handouts, written activities and other materials so that you can get up-to-date with what’s new, what’s key and what’s relevant to the women and families you work with.

Like all our online courses, Gathering in the Knowledge is intended for midwives and birth folk (by which we mean student midwives, childbirth educators, doctors, 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.

Find out what we’re covering in the 2021 course here.


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 Offering courses that you can access ‘forever’ isn’t actually that helpful in a world where things change and go out of date quickly.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?

Here’s what’s in the 2021 edition:

  • An overview of ‘the big stories‘ from the past year or so, including a section for updates on how the corona virus pandemic is affecting birth and a conversation about why we need to talk about race.
  • Videoed research round ups on pregnancylabour and birth, and postnatal and neonatal wellbeing.
  • Exploration of some of the recent conversations and research relating to big babies.
  • A focus section, research updates and discussion on research that might be useful for those involved in childbirth education.
  • A conversation about conflicting statistics on the incidence of uterine rupture for those considering VBAC, and how to make sense of this.
  • Discuss articles that question current thinking about gestational diabetes, contemplate creativity in pregnancy and look at women’s experiences and recent research relating to membrane sweeping.
  • Ponder and chat about new ideas relating to approaches to “the second stage” and optimal cord clamping and caesarean.
  • Chat about postnatal checks, and look at what we can learn from research on bedsharing and breastfeeding.
  • 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.

You can find out more and sign up here.


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. It’s a fraction of the size of a full-length course but it’s a great intro to our course platform and to Sara’s style.
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