Centre Hours during July and August

** PLEASE NOTE OUR CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY 22ND JULY EXCEPT FOR MOTHERSPACE AND YOGA FOR PREGNANCY **

Our centre will be working slightly amended hours during July and part of August due to our staff holidays.

Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm

Friday – closed except for facilitated groups which will run.

Have a great summer!

Val, Kasia & Anisa

– Baby Massage – gathering interest for a course starting 24th July 2019

We are gathering interest for a course potentially starting Wednesday 24th July – get in touch if you are interested.

Baby Massage is relaxing for both baby and parent.  Nurture your baby by learning and practicing massage strokes specifically for your baby. The sessions are an ideal time for quality bonding and massage may also help with colic, constipation, restlessness and may improve their sleep pattern.  All classes are taught in an extremely relaxed and easy fashion and always finished with tea and biscuits so you can chat and get to know others in the group.

The course dates:

Wednesday 24th, 31st July, 7th, 21st, 28th August and 4th September (no class on 14th August). Class runs at 1.15pm – 2.30pm

Get in touch with us if you are interested !

If you would like more information check out the Baby Massage page or to join the course please contact us

– Saturday morning Yoga for Pregnancy **Spaces in course starting 22nd July**

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.
YP pose

– Dads-To-Be May August 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 14th August & Saturday 17th August 2019

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

– Active Birth Workshops – spaces in workshops 11th August & 15th September 19

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 Sunday 11th August as well as 15th September 2019.

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.

 

– Preparing for Breastfeeding Workshop – 4th September 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

  • 4th September 2019

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

– 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)

– Summer Music Classes – now Booking for July & August dates!!

We are running superb holiday classes for our award winning music groups at our centre in Tollcross.  With a selection of dates available throughout July and August, you can pick and choose which sessions suit your summer plans without having to book a whole block.  This way you can be flexible which is how summer is meant to be!

To book your spaces, call or email us on below details.  To guarantee your place we ask that payment is made in advance.  All sessions include a social time with hot drinks and biscuits.

Summer Music with Jackie Jackie leading circle 2

Thursdays:   18th July & 25th July, 1st Aug & 8th August

Times & ages:

9.45am – 11am – 3 years to pre-school 

11.15am – 12.30pm –  1-2 years

1.00 – 2.15pm – 2 years to 3 years

2.30 – 3.45pm – under 1 year

The cost per session is £7.50 per adult and child & includes refreshments after the music session.

For more details on the classes please see our music page

Please contact us to book your dates by either calling 0131 229 3667 or email

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH NEWS ABOUT OUR NEW HOME!

As you will be aware we are preparing to move away from our present location at Lower Gilmore Place by the end of October 2019.  We had identified a suitable property through our property agent, around five minutes away from our centre and have been in negotiations with the landlord for sometime.

Unfortunately, the landlord of the property concerned has decided to withdraw this property from the commercial market.  This decision explains the delays in negotiations over the past couple of months, despite our project manager working hard to move this along.

We are exploring another property very close by and our property agent is instigating another search to see if any other suitable properties are now available.  We also encourage you to keep telling us if you see any spaces that are vacant in our locality; we will explore all properties notified to us. In the meantime, we will also be looking into contingency plans, such as using interim space should we not be able to identify the right premises in advance of the development beginning on our current site.

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, and we hope to shortly organise a further consultation meeting to continue the dialogue.

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!

– 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