– Baby First Aid Sessions – 1 SPACE IN 21st NOVEMBER COURSE

The Pregnancy and Parents Centre recognises how valuable basic first aid knowledge is as a parent and in general.  This is a non-certificated session and aims to give confidence to parents in dealing with common childhood emergencies.  The session will include film clips to give examples, practical hands-on learning and involve the use of manikins to practice the techniques.

What is covered?

Unconscious baby and child (0-12 years)
Choking (0-12 years)
Nose bleed
Broken Bones
Allergic Reaction
Febrile Seizure

Suitable for expectant parents/parents/grandparents/carers.  As a charity we try to be as accommodating as possible giving a variety of timings for the course and if necessary you can bring your baby (non-mobile babies under 6 months are welcome).

Cost is £20 per adult as this is what is costs us to run the session including resources used, and refreshments.


  • 21st November – 2pm -4.15pm  *1 space left*
  • 19th December – 2pm – 4.15pm *booking now for December*

Do get in touch to request an enrolment form and further information.

If none of the above dates are suitable, please email  us to  add your name to our “interested” list for notification of future dates.

Comments from parents


“Really useful information – just wish I would have done it sooner”

“Very useful being able to practice and have your technique checked”

“Great format, very helpful discussion.  Thank you!”

– Laugh, Don’t Leak – Pelvic Floor Workshop – 22nd NOV 7-9pm **3 spaces left**

Laugh, Don’t Leak – Do you know what your pelvic floor is and how to look after it when pregnant? Pelvic Floor

We know that at least one in three women suffer from varying degrees of incontinence, and that a very high percentage of pregnant women suffer the same. Come along to this light hearted session looking at how to maintain a healthy pelvic floor during pregnancy and how to manage issues.

This session will be led by Elaine Miller, a qualified physiotherapist, who has a very humorous way of giving information about pelvic floors and what can happen to them.  “I have an interest in women’s health and a hobby of stand up comedy. So, I did the obvious thing and combined comedy with continence to try and burst the taboo surrounding leaking.”

Being a comedian but also a physiotherapist the session will be very informal and involve practical exercises to help look after yourself.  Information will be given on abdominal muscles and about exercise after your baby is born also.

As with all PPC sessions there will be a time for tea and biscuits to bring up any questions and further the discussion.

The session will run on Thursday 22nd November 2018 from 7-9pm.  The suggested donation is £12.  To book your place please contact the office by emailing: info@pregnancyandparents.org.uk or calling 0131 2293667.


What others thought about the session

“I loved the humour and size of the class.  It very light-hearted but without losing any seriousness about the topic.”

 “Amazing. Lots of detail. Really practical advice. Very encouraging”

“This workshop is useful to all females”

– Saturday morning Yoga for Pregnancy

Yoga for Pregnancy at the PPC is extremely popular as it is a wonderful preparation for the challenges of pregnancy, labour, birth, and becoming a mother focusing on breathing awareness, grounding, posture, relaxation and movements for pregnancy and labour.  It is a time to  lengthen, open, release and relax.  Each woman, her pregnancy and  birth is unique and so we help you to find YOUR way with yoga.

We believe that our sessions are special because our knowledge of birth and experience in supporting women is  incorporated into the sessions so that we can guide you at your own pace which helps you to tap into your own inner knowledge and intuition and enhances your connection with your baby.

Our 7 week block runs from Saturday 17th November 2018 from 10am-12 noon and will run until 15th December 2018.

The group will have approximately 10 women in it all being around the same stage of pregnancy so you can get to know everyone over the weeks and relate to those who are experiencing the same feelings, emotions and issues as you.The yoga classes will consist of a mixture of gentle yoga focused on preparing for birth and relaxation. All sessions will be finished with refreshments and a chance for discussion of issues surrounding birth.  The sessions will be relaxed and informal and will be led by Daisy, an experienced birth educator and Yoga for Pregnancy facilitator.

You will not need to bring anything for any of the the sessions, we provide yoga mats, pillows, birth balls etc you just need to wear comfortable clothes which you can move in.

The cost of the 5 week term is £55.  This includes all equipment required, tea and biscuits at each session and support.

If you would like to register your interest for this block or have any questions please email us with  your estimated due date and a contact telephone number or to book a space.
YP pose

– Yoga for Babies – **Spaces available in ALL age groups / classes**

The classes provide a friendly, relaxed environment in which to learn and share yoga with other parents and babies. A range of practices are developed over the weeks so parents can gradually incorporate the fun of yoga in day to day life with their babies.

The sessions include gentle stretching for mother and baby, relaxation and is finished with tea and biscuits and the opportunity to discuss any related topics and meet other parents.

You do not need to bring anything; we provide yoga mats, pillows, blankets and blocks, but encourage you to wear comfortable clothes.

Classes are held on Tuesdays  for the following age groups:

Over four months – mobile @ 10.15am – 11.45am **Immediate spaces available** get in touch
Under four months @ 12.15pm – 1.45pm – tell us you are keen and we will add you to our interested list.

Contact the office on 0131 229 3667 or email info@pregnancyandparents.org.uk to book

– New Arrivals/International Parents Group – BACK ON AGAIN!!!

We are very happy to announce that our New Arrivals/International Parents group will be open again to families to drop in from Friday 26th October.

The group will run on Fridays from 1.30pm until 3pm

We ask for a suggested donation of £2 to cover refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits)

Please have a look at our Facebook page here.  Esther & Silvia our volunteer facilitators are looking forward to welcoming you to the group!




Hello everyone,

As many of you will know, we are starting to plan a move to our new home and so we are unable to accept any donations of clothes, equipment, toys, books or other items that will require us to physically move.

We will begin to accept donations again once we are in our new home.

Thanks Val, Anisa & Kasia
October 2018



– Dads-To-Be December Course – now booking!

Becoming a parent, particularly for the first time, is an emotional experience.  It is a very important time for both mum and dad-to-be but expectant dads sometimes feel left out of pregnancy and not involved in the birth.

“For me the course was a lifeline.  Previously I wasn’t sure even which questions to ask or where to look for a RELIABLE and informed answer.” 

“The discussions of the birth, of baby blues, of crying and of our ongoing relationship was particular helpful.”

“I went to 3 pre-natal courses: the NHS one, an NCT one and this one – and found this course the best of the three.  I would definitely recommend it to any dads-to-be in the area.”

Next Course Date:
Wednesday 5th December (7-9pm) and Saturday 8th December (10am – 4.30pm)

A midwife-led course for expectant dads with lots of discussion, practical advice and workshop activities

This is an invaluable practical course for men who would like to build their confidence around early parenting skills.  The main topics are detailed below but the sessions will involve open discussion and give plenty of time for questions to be asked.


  • Labour and Birth
  • Baby care –  handling, clothing, dressing, nappy changing, bathing.

  • Life with a baby including coping with crying, sleeping, playing

  • Emotional issues including postnatal depression


Handouts and resources provided.


We operate our antenatal sessions on a donation payment system because the Pregnancy and Parents Centre is a not-for-profit charity.   The suggested donation is £50 for the course as this covers all our running  costs and associated expenditure.  However, all our classes have concessionary rates and this is the same for the donation system as we never turn anyone due to financial constraint.  Please contact us about this if you need to know more.

To book a place on a course please contact the Pregnancy and Parents Centre office on 0131 229 3667 or email

– Choice of Birthplace Information leaflet

Parents have a choice about where to have their babies – at home, in a midwife led unit, or in an obstetric-led unit. The leaflet in the link below draws on the large Birthplace study. It provides clear, unbiased information to help parents make a decision about place of birth. It suggests that for women who are healthy and well, expecting normal labours and births, birth centres and home births offer some advantages without compromising safety. Overall, in community and midwife-led settings women and babies have fewer interventions and babies have good outcomes.

You can access the leaflet 2015 Birth place information sheet