– Our new home: read all about it here

February 2020 update:

Renovations in our new home at the Pleasance are well underway!

We’ve been working hard to make our new home just as homely as our current premises at Lower Gilmore Place.

We hope that the renovations will be completed during the last two weeks of this month, so that we can start running groups from our new home late this month or early March.

In the meantime, our doors remain open to our families and community, and our groups continue to run in Lower Gilmore Place.

Stay tuned for more updates!

The crowdfunder for the renovations and furnishing of our new home closed on Friday, but we continue to welcome any help and you can still donate through the office (info@pregnancyandparents.org.uk).

 

After a long search, we are delighted to confirm the PPC has found a new home!

 During January 2020 we will begin renovations to 188 Pleasance, about a fifteen-twenty minute walk from Lower Gilmore Place, and hope to be running some of our classes from February 2020. 

Throughout 2020, we will work with a group of enthusiastic and skilled people to complete renovations on the next door building: 192 Pleasance and it is hoped by 2021 we will have a fully operating centre which will be more than double the size of space we presently have.

The scope for more group rooms, a larger and more welcoming social space, consulting space and storage for donations is very exciting and will allow us to evolve and further support pregnant and new families in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

For those of you currently in groups at the PPC, you will automatically be kept up to date from our office staff via email.  We will also share updates on FB and Twitter and we have created “notice” boards on both levels of our present centre which is a central point to see what is happening, what sort of help you could give us and how our fundraising for the move is going .  As ever, our friendly office staff or your facilitator will be able to answer any questions you may have – just ask!

Can you help us?

As you can imagine with such a move, there is a lot of organising and planning needed and this requires lots of help!

  • We are looking at building up a body of volunteers to help us prepare for the move and creating a lovely, welcoming space over in the Pleasance. If you feel you might be able to volunteer, please complete the form in this link.  We will add you to a volunteer mailing list and drop you a note if we are looking for help. If you have the skills or time to lend a hand, we can organise that.

  • We would welcome your support and donations to our Crowdfunding campaign – follow this link to the Crowdfunding page.

We would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” for supporting the PPC. We are very excited to be starting a brand new chapter.

For and on behalf of the Trustees of the Pregnancy & Parents Centre

November 2019

 

 

We can also keep you updated via email about our move. If you think this would be helpful, please follow the link here to tell us!

– Preparing for Breastfeeding Workshop – book now for 25th March 2020

What is a Preparing for Breastfeeding workshop?

Many pregnant women and their partners have told us that they worry about breastfeeding – they have heard stories of mothers encountering problems when breastfeeding. They know that breastfeeding is healthy for mothers and babies, but often they don’t know much about the practicalities.

This workshop starts by looking at how parents-to-be feel when they contemplate feeding their new baby. Building on what they already know about baby feeding, the discussion explores how breastfeeding supports mother-baby connection and provides babies with warmth, food, comfort and protection. Short video clips show what babies do when in skin to skin contact in the first hour after birth; how to help your baby attach well, and a variety of comfortable positions for feeding.

The workshop focuses on the practical aspects of how breastfeeding works, and how to avoid common difficulties.

How will the workshop benefit me and my partner?

The Preparing for Breastfeeding workshop is helpful for all prospective parents who would like a deeper understanding of mother and baby biology. Learning about the instinctive ways babies and mothers help each other when beginning breastfeeding can take away some of the fear of the unknown. Understanding the signs that all is going well, learning how to recognise when expert help is needed and knowing where to get it quickly, can help new parents feel much more confident. Sometimes partners can feel left out when their newborn baby is breastfeeding. We discuss the vital role that partners play in nurturing mother and baby, and explore the many ways partners can bond with their breastfeeding baby.

The workshop is facilitated by La Leche League, Edinburgh

Forthcoming dates & How to book

  • 25th March 2020

All courses run on Wednesday evening from 6.30pm – 9pm.

Please contact us on: info@pregnancyandparents.org.uk if you would like to book any of the above courses or register your interest in future dates after June 2018.

The workshop is designed to include information relevant to partners too, but women are welcome to attend without a partner.

£12 per person or £18 for a couple (concessions available)

To book your place please contact the PPC office via email

– New Arrivals is not running at present

International Parents Drop in Group will not be running for the next few weeks. We aim to re-start the group after the Easter School holidays. Do get in touch with us if you have any questions.

 

 

– Active Birth Workshops – 2020 course dates announced!

Our Active Birth workshops give information and support to pregnant women and their partners in preparation for their births.  Our courses run on Sundays from 10am – 4.30pm on the below dates. You can now book spaces on these full day workshops by contacting us.

The suggested donation is £85 per couple. It is possible to bring two birth partners, please enquire if this is the case.

For more details see here or contact the office to book your space.

~ 15th March
~ 19th April
~ 24th May
~ 14th June

 

– SPACES LEFT IN Yoga for Pregnancy THURSDAY evening class

Our popular Thursday evening Yoga for Pregnancy classes will resume on 27th February 2020.  The block runs until 2nd April on Thursdays from 7-9pm.

The block costs £65 and this includes refreshments (tea, our wonderful biscuits!!) and our facilitators are experienced birth educators too.  Our classes also have concession rates which may help if you are feeling financially restricted, so do ask us about them. We are always happy to discuss ways to help you come to our groups and classes.

… Do you know that you are entitled to paid time off work for antenatal care, which includes pregnancy yoga classes when supported by your midwife or GP see www.gov.uk/working-when-pregnant-your-rights

Get in touch if you are interested in joining our group.

– Centre Hours during January & February 2020

Our centre office hours will be operating as follows during January/February 2020:

Monday – 9am – 5pm

Tuesday & Thurs –  9am – 4.30pm

Wednesday – Closed (we will be over at our new centre, making it homely for you all!)

Friday – 9am – 4pm 

Val , Kasia & Sara

– WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY CLOTHES, EQUIPMENT OR NAPPY DONATIONS

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, Kasia & Sara
January 2020

 

 

– Baby First Aid Sessions – Gathering Interest for courses 2020!

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)
Croup
Nose bleed
Broken Bones
Allergic Reaction
Burns
Bleeding
Meningitis
Fever
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.

All of our courses for 2019 are full. We are gathering interest for courses in 2020 and will have dates to share soon. Meantime, let us know if you would like to be advised of dates when they are agreed and therefore have first option on a space.  Please email  us to  add your name to our “interested” list.

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!”

– Yoga for Babies – New Term & spaces in all ages groups

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:

Under four months @ 12.15pm – 1.45pm
Over four months @ 10.15pm – 11.45pm

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

– Interested in YOGA for PREGNANCY?

We run a number of Yoga for Pregnancy groups over the course of the week (during the day, in the evening and at the weekend).  To find out more about our classes and how they differ from other Yoga groups in Edinburgh please follow the link here.

We often have a waiting list for some classes so we encourage you to register your interest.  You can do this by completing the form found here. Once we have received this, we will get in touch directly to explain more about the space and how our classes work.

Thank you.

 

– Vacancies for members of our Board of Trustees

We are very keen to broaden the diversity and breadth of our Board of Trustees, in order to better represent all those who use or could use our services. The Trustees are a group of volunteers who are responsible for the good governance and strategic direction of the PPC. The centre is about to undergo a period of change due to a premises relocation.

We need enthusiastic and committed individuals who understand and appreciate our aims, objectives and values, and who want to contribute to the strategic development of the PPC, be involved in some of the day-to-day decision making, and be responsible for its paid employees, facilitators and volunteers.

All applicants will be considered, however we are particularly keen to recruit people with skills in any of the below:

  • Finance and Accounting, Marketing, Outreach Work, Fundraising, Law

If interested, you will be invited to:

  • An informal discussion with a current trustee
  • Attend three monthly board meetings prior to formal invitation to become a Trustee
  • Take part in projects of interest to you and your skillset.

As an elected Trustee, you will be invited to attend our Annual General Meeting, and monthly Trustee Meetings (which typically alternate between Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons).

Babes-in-arms are welcome at meetings and there is flexibility around other commitments. Childcare expenses can be covered for director’s activities.

For more information, or to apply (including a covering letter and CV) please contact:

PPC Co-ordinator, 10 Lower Gilmore Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9NY or volunteers@pregnancyandparents.org.uk

To find out a bit more about our current Trustees please follow the link here

Ros Claase (current Trustee)

Nadine Edwards (Founding Trustee)

Daisy Dinwoodie (Trustee & Facilitator)

– 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