Ready Steady Baby! is packed with expert advice, helpful tips and step-by-step guides to support you through pregnancy, birth and the first 8 weeks after your baby’s arrival.



Ready Steady Baby! has been updated with evidence based information from a wide range of professionals.

You’ll find lots of useful information about pregnancy, including changes to your body and how your baby grows and develops from month to month.

Find out about the people who will care for you during your pregnancy, and how to look after yourself and your growing baby.

Labour and birth

Labour and birth

Ready Steady Baby! helps you plan and prepare for your baby's arrival.

Get information about the different stages of labour and the support options that are available. Partners can find out how they can support you each step of the way.  

From pain relief during labour to the first moments after birth, bonding and your baby's first few days, Ready Steady Baby! gives you the answers you need. 

Early parenthood

Early parenthood

Ready Steady Baby! is on hand to guide you during your first few weeks with your new baby.

It covers essential information on day to day care such as feeding and nappy changing through to safe bathing and travelling, as well as how to look after your own health and wellbeing.

There's also practical information on the benefits and support you’re entitled to plus where to find further help.

Making a midwife appointment

As soon as you know you are pregnant, make an appointment with a midwife. In some places you can book your appointment online or via a central booking number.

Seeing a midwife as early as possible gives you the chance to discuss your health and the health of your developing baby and ask any questions you may have about your pregnancy.

Your midwife team will be able to provide support and assistance throughout your pregnancy and you’ll get a copy of our printed Ready Steady Baby! guide at your first appointment.

This video explains the benefits of making a midwife appointment.