Ready Steady Baby! is Scotland’s guide to pregnancy, labour, birth, and early parenthood. This is a new Easy Read version.

It has been developed with and for parents with learning disabilities. The resource may also be helpful for parents with other communication needs, such as those:

  • with low literacy levels
  • who do not speak English as their first language

20 short booklets give expectant parents practical information and support throughout their pregnancy journey, from early pregnancy through to a baby’s first two months.

Using the resource

Midwives can give the Easy Read version to parents at their booking appointment. The booklets come within a ring binder and carry bag.

Further guidance is provided inside the briefing document for health professionals below. 

A digital copy of each chapter is also available to view and download to allow practitioners to familiarise themselves with the content.

Watch a video about the benefits of Ready Steady Baby! Easy Read

View a short video (external website) where a midwife describes the benefits of this new publication for parents. 

A video transcript is also available. 

Order the resource

To order printed copies of Ready Steady Baby! Easy Read, please contact your local health information resources services (external website).

Other formats

Ready Steady Baby! is also available as a non-Easy Read print booklet, in Polish, Simplified Chinese and Arabic, and as a microsite on NHS inform (external website). Ask your local health information resource services for more information.



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Last updated: 21 March 2024