– Yoga for Pregnancy Friday afternoon class – new block starting 29th September

We are gathering interest for a new block of Yoga for Pregnancy on Fridays at 4-6pm from 29th September for 6 weeks.  Please contact us if you are interested in joining this group.

– Baby Massage course- Dates for Sept – December 2017

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 20th September – 25th October & 1st November – 6th December
    @ 11.40am – 12.55pm
  • Wednesday 4th October – 8th November @ 1.15pm – 2.30pm
If you would like more information check out the Baby Massage page or to join the course please contact us

– Preparing for Breastfeeding Workshop- now booking for October & December 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

Wednesday 25th October 6.30pm – 9pm

Wednesday 13th December 6.30pm – 9pm

Please contact us on: info@pregnancyandparents.org.uk if you would like to book either the 25th October course or 13th December or register your interest in future courses.

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

– Saturday morning Yoga for Pregnancy – 21st October 2017

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 new 8 week block  is due to start on Saturday 21st October from 10am-12 noon and will run until 16th December (no class on Saturday 11th November due to our Nearly New Sale).

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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– Active Birth Workshops- October & December Courses Announced

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.

Next Courses:  Sunday 29th October & Sunday 10th December – 10am until 4.30pm

For more details see http://pregnancyandparents.org.uk/whatweoffer/active-birth-workshops/or contact the office to book your space.

– 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)
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 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!”

– 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