Vitamin K

Vitamin K and the Newborn helps parents and professionals understand issues relating to the administration of vitamin K to newborn babies.


What’s it all about?

Vitamin 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. Some have questions about why this intervention is offered. And many want to know whether there are downsides.

What 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 uk buttonThis book guides the reader on a journey through the information, debate and research. It explains the issues and clarifies the different perspectives. The book draws on up-to-date midwifery and medical evidence and opinion and parents’ stories.


Where to get it

You can get the paperback from Amazon UK.

It’s also on Amazon Australia, and, and if you’re in another country or have a different favourite online bookshop, just search for ‘Vitamin K and the Newborn.’

If you prefer e-books, the electronic version is also available for your Kindle or Kobo, and from a whole load of other popular ebook retailers.

You can also buy Vitamin K and the Newborn from  and many other online book retailers. You can also ask any indie bookstore to order it in for you; just give them the details. The IBSN is 978-1999806408.


About the Author

buy from am us buttonDr 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 and has edited three midwifery journals. Sara 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Please be aware that the previous (2002) edition of this book is out-of-date and contains information that is no longer correct.


A Few Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get it?

Buy from Amazon UK

This book is available from Amazon, many online bookstores, as an ebook and also from brick and mortar life bookstores. Scroll back up for loads of links. I often have copies 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.


How much is it?

The recommended retail price is £10 in the UK.


Buy from Amazon USIs it available as an ebook?

Yes, the Kindle version is available from Amazon UK,, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Australia and India. It’s also available on Kobo, and from a whole load of other popular ebook retailers.



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. And I very much hope that this update will help more people understand the issues and make the decision that is right for them.


If you’d like to read more of Sara’s work on vitamin K, here’s our information hub:

Vitamin K Resources