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Ready Steady Baby

This is NHS Scotland’s printed and online guide to pregnancy, labour, birth and early parenthood. Part of the Early Years Information Pathway, the printed Ready Steady Baby! guide is distributed to expectant parents at booking appointments with midwives and provides helpful expert advice, tips and step-by-step guides to pregnancy, labour, birth and early parenthood until their child is 8 weeks old. Parents and carers can also access this content online on any device (including their phone, tablet or desktop) at the newly launched Ready Steady Baby! microsite at Ready Steady Baby.

Ready Steady Baby! has been re-developed as part of the Redesign of Health Information for Parents (ReHIP) project which aims to improve the accessibility of parenting and health information for parents and carers.

The content of the guide has been reviewed and updated in consultation with various expert groups including health professionals and parents, and presented in a newly designed printed guide and microsite.

Ready Steady Baby! will be available in three core translated languages (Polish, Simplified Chinese (Mandarin) and Arabic) from April 2019. Requests for additional languages will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on demand. To request a copy of Ready Steady Baby! in an alternative format: Call: 0131 314 5300 Email:

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