Preparing for Labour part 1 e-book

Karen McEwen, Registered Midwife at My Expert Midwife helps you prepare for labour with our instantly accessible 30+page guide.

It can feel overwhelming when you are pregnant that there is so much information to get through in such a short space of time, this e-book will help support your learning. It is packed full of interesting and useful information, as well as handy tips to help you feel confident and prepared for your labour and birth.

In this e-book, find out about how to choose your antenatal education, how to make a birth plan personal to your own needs, as well as how to decide which choices are right for you during your maternity care. We will also cover what to pack in your hospital bag, how and when to start perineal massage, as well as explaining what to expect when labour starts spontaneously or via a planned induction. We think that this e-book is the perfect guide for you and your birth partner to begin preparing for your labour, birth and new arrival.  

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Meet the author Karen McEwen

Our preparing for labour and birth e-book was written by our inhouse midwife Karen McEwen. Karen trained as a midwife at The University of Leeds and during her career has worked at numerous hospitals in West Yorkshire. As well as working in the Delivery Suites, Karen was a founding member of the Leeds Homebirth Team, working to support women and helping to develop midwives’ skills in physiological birth. Her passion lies in homebirths and waterbirths and also supporting women to own their choices in pregnancy and childbirth.


  • Antenatal classes and information gathering
  • Making a birth plan
  • Perineal massage and how to do it
  • Your rights and choices in pregnancy and birth
  • Packing your hospital bag
  • Birth partners - choosing one and helping them prepare
  • The latent and active phase of labour
  • What is an induction of labour?


This is an e-book which means you will not receive a physical copy of a book. You'll receive our e-book in PDF format via email.