– Baby First Aid Sessions- Register interest for late summer courses

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 welcome).

Cost is £16 per adult as this is what is costs us to run the session including resources used, and refreshments.

We are currently agreeing dates for courses starting in August 2017. Please register your interest below and we can advise you of dates as they are agreed.

Please email  us to book your space or to add your name to the 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!”

– Baby Massage course- booking open for August Course

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:

  • Afternoon course – 6 week block starting 16th August – spaces available.  Class running 1.15pm -2.30pm
If you would like more information check out the Baby Massage page or to join the course please contact us

– Nearly New Sale – Saturday 26th August 2017 -10am – 1pm

Our next Nearly New Sale will be held on 26th August 2017 and we will welcome donations from the 10th August 2017.

To help make this sale a success we are always looking for:

  • Volunteers to help on day of the sale (even just two hours would be fab!)
  • Volunteers for sort out days (to go though our donations to ensure they are fit for sale)
  • Bakers to donate lovely cakes and bakes for our cafe

Please contact us if you are keen to be involved.

We also accept good quality baby clothes, equipment and toys.  We will be accepting donations from Thursday 10th August.

The sale runs from 10am – 1pm on 26th August and is our biggest fundraising event. Please do come along and support us – we ask for a £1 donation on the door.  Feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested.

Val, Anisa & Kasia
0131 229 3667

– Preparing for Breastfeeding Workshop- register interest from Sept – Dec 2017

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.

How to book


Please contact us on: info@pregnancyandparents.org.uk to let us know of your interest in future courses, along with your estimated due date and we will keep your details on our interested list. When dates are agreed, we will let you know.

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