– Dads-To-Be May October course – Booking OPEN!

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 2nd October & Saturday 5th October 2019
Wednesday – 7-9pm & Saturday – 10am – 4.30pm
If you are interested in other dates in 2019 please check out What we do/dads to be page on our website.

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

Centre Hours during September 2019

Our centre will be working slightly amended hours during September as follows:

Monday & Wednesday – 9am – 3pm

Tuesday & Thursdays – 9am – 4.00pm

Friday – closed except for facilitated groups which will run.

Val & Kasia

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH NEWS ABOUT OUR NEW HOME!

Throughout 2018 and 2019, the trustees of the Pregnancy & Parents Centre have been seeking to find a new home for our centre.  This is because the street we are located on is to be redeveloped into housing.  We have been fortunate that our landlords have given us as much time as possible to remain where we are and we wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that we will still be at our present location until December 2019.

 
Over the past 12-18 months we have looked at a number of premises and we have identified a suitable new home around a 7-8 minute walk from our present centre. Whilst we are negotiating the terms of our lease, we are unable to discuss the location but as soon as we can confirm this, we will let everyone know.  
 
As you can imagine with such a move, there is a lot of organising and planning needed and this requires lots of help! Right now, we are looking at building up a body of volunteers to help us prepare for the eventual move from Lower Gilmore Place – if you feel you might want to be kept in mind for any volunteering roles you can do so by completing this form.  We will add you to a volunteer mailing list whereby we will drop you all a note if we are looking for help in a particular area at a particular time and, that way, if you have the skills or time to lend a hand, we can organise that.  
As matters develop, we will keep you updated.  We would like to continue to hear your feedback and ideas on the move.  Please reach out to the Trustees directly, if you wish.
We would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” for supporting the PPC and that we are very excited to be starting a brand new chapter of life as the PPC in what has been a vital part of the local community for nearly 35 years.
 
For an on behalf of the Trustees 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!

– Yoga for Babies – New Term for Under 4 months starts 24th September!

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**Immediate spaces available** get in touch
Over four months @ 10.15pm – 11.45pm – 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 BLOCK of SATURDAY MORNING Yoga for Pregnancy – 12th Oct till 30th Nov 19

We are gathering interest for running another Saturday morning Yoga for Pregnancy session – these blocks are eight weeks long and expect to this group to start mid – late September 2019.  Get in touch if you are interested to know the dates when they are agreed.  If you have already registered interest in a Saturday morning group then don’t worry! We will let you know when dates are agreed.

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 8 week block runs from Saturday 22nd July 2019 from 10am-12 noon and will run until 7th September 2019

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 8 week term is £85.  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.
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– Music with Jackie **SPACES AVAILABLE**

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 £7.50 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 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120509123653.htm

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.

– NEW Yoga for Pregnancy Thursday evening class – space in class!

We are starting a new block of Thursday evening Yoga on 15th August 2019 (six week block) and so if you are interested in coming along from 7-9pm, 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 www.gov.uk/working-when-pregnant-your-rights

– Active Birth Workshops – New course dates for October & November 2019!

Our Active Birth workshops give information and support to pregnant women and their partners in preparation for their births.  This course runs from 10am – 4.30pm and we are now booking spaces on this full day workshop on the courses running on 20th October and 17th November (both Sundays).

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.

 

– 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