Throughout 2018, we thought that we would have to find a new home for the Pregnancy & Parents Centre by the end of the year and so our Trustees and Premises Project Manager have been actively identifying potential properties.

We are pleased to have found a suitable building, located about a 7-10 minute walk from our current home and we are presently in negotiations via our commercial agent. These negotiations are taking longer than expected (due to the premises changing hands between landlords) and we will tell you more about the premises when we are legally permitted to do so following completion of negotiations.

Meantime, we have been assured by the developer that the centre on Lower Gilmore Place will be ours until 31st October 2019 and so we have lots of time to prepare and move the Pregnancy & Parents Centre to a new location. We are hopeful that this will take place during Summer 2019.

As we reach the end of the year, we wanted to reassure you all that we remain at Lower Gilmore Place as we enter 2019 and we will keep you abreast of the timeline of our move as it develops.

 While we are in this quieter period we’d like to remind everybody that any potential help would be greatly appreciated, in particular if you know any surveyors, contractors or decorators who might be interested in getting involved then please drop us a line.

All that remains is for us to wish you a wonderful break with your family and friends.

With best wishes,

The Trustees & Staff of the Pregnancy & Parents Centre

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!

– Baby First Aid Sessions – February & March dates now booking!

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.

Next Course dates:

Wednesdays 2-4.15pm –  20th February, 6th March and 27th March

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!”

– Music with Jackie **Spaces in all classes**

Our Award winning music classes: Music with Jackie has classes from young babies up to pre-school and we have spaces in all of our classes.  Follow the link here for the times and days but get in touch if you are interested in joining or attending a taster class (taster sessions cost £6.75 for adult and child and includes refreshments).

How will it benefit my little one?

The emphasis of all classes is on the child’s experience of music.  For music to be understood it has to be felt so it is important that we create the feel of the beat for our children (particularly when they are young).   Engaging with our children in this way will help to foster musical comprehension, coordination and expressive sensitivity.

The sessions go further than just helping to develop musical understanding, the sessions encourage basic communication skills such as waving or pointing  and the ability to share.  Recent research has shown that classes involving interactive music-making and learning set songs benefit babies and young children than listening to recorded music. You can see further information on this research at

How will it benefit me / my partner?

The Music sessions here at the PPC are very much a social and fun time.  It is a great opportunity for parents not just to bond with their child but also to meet other parents, to make friends and share experiences.

All of our sessions include time for parents to have a cup of tea and get to know one another.  We hear from many parents that they have met good friends for themselves as well as their children in the PPC music sessions.


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



– Active Birth Workshops- Dates for early 2019 now booking!

Active Birth Workshop dates – these workshops give information and support to pregnant women and their partners.  These are day long sessions to help you prepare for the birth of your baby. Spaces are very limited and book up quickly.

The course is an all day course from 10am – 4.30pm & the suggested donation is £85 per couple

2019 course dates are:

  • Sunday 17th February
  • Sunday 17th March

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

– NEW Yoga for Pregnancy Thursday evening class – last two spaces left

We are starting a new block of Thursday evening Yoga on 24th January (six week block) and so if you are interested in coming along from 6.30pm – 8.30pm, please contact us.

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

– Preparing for Breastfeeding Workshop – 6th February 2019 – book now!

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 run by Karla Napier, a very experienced breastfeeding advisor and lactation consultant.

Forthcoming dates & How to book

  • 6th February 2019
  • 3rd April 2019

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

Please contact us on: 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

– 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