The Maternity Collective Printed Course Notes Book

Written by Dr Ellie Rayner, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Antenatal and Hypnobirthing Teacher and founder of The Maternity Collective, this book can be read by anyone who wants to access evidence-based information to prepare them for labour and birth.

Whether you are undertaking one of The Maternity Collective courses or not, this book will help you feel empowered and confident as you approach the birth of your baby. Suitable for both first and second time parents, we are confident you will find this useful and informative and especially as it is written by a practicing NHS Obstetrician, you can feel reassured you are accessing the most up-to-date and evidence-based information available to you.


Preparing for birth

  • Late pregnancy and preparing for birth
  • Choosing where to give birth
  • Understanding your Body in Labour and Birth
  • Creating your Ideal Birth Environment
  • How your baby will be monitored in labour
  • Signs of Labour

Vaginal Labour and Birth

  • First Stage of Labour
  • Positions for Labour and Birth
  • Second Stage of Labour
  • Third stage of Labour
  • Pain Relief Options for Labour

Reasons you might meet an Obstetrician

  • Induction of Labour
  • Complications in Pregnancy and Birth
  • Assisted Vaginal Birth
  • Vaginal Tears and Episiotomy
  • Caesarean Section
  • Bleeding after Birth

Postnatal Period

  • Practical Postnatal
  • Newborn Care
  • Your Physical Recovery
  • Your Emotional Recovery
  • Looking forward


  • Birth Preferences
  • Informed Choice 
  • References
  • Free spaces for notes

If you have already purchases one of The Maternity Collective Online Courses - this book is available to you for only £7.99 including delivery - Head to the Course Notes section of your course to purchase.