– Summer Yoga with Babies – Spaces still available

If you are looking for something to occupy your little ones during the summer, we offer Summer Yoga classes for various ages on selected dates in June, July and August.  You can pick and choose which dates you can come, but do ask for payment in advance to confirm your space.  There are still spaces in all age groups so please email us for more information.

Summer Yoga dates:Birth Resource Centre, Edinburgh

Under 4 months @ 12.45pm – 2.15pm
Over 4 months to mobile @11am – 12.30pm

Classes running on:

JUNE: 20th & 27th June
JULY: 18th & 25th July
AUG: 1st & 8th August

Each session is £8 per adult and baby and includes refreshments.

To find out more about our term time Yoga for Babies classes, please click here.

– Summer Classes of Music Making

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:  20th & 27th July, 3rd & 10th August

Times & ages:

9.45 – 11am – 3 years and over

11.15am – 12.30pm –  1-2 years

1.00 – 2.15pm – 2-3 years

2.30 – 3.45pm – under 1 year

The cost per session is £6.75 per adult and child. 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

– 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 £15 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:

  • 9th August 2017 – 6 week block.  Class running 11.40am – 12.55pm
If you would like more information check out the Baby Massage page or to join the course please contact us

– Dads-To-Be course- 2017 course dates

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.”

2017 courses:

July 2017:  Wednesday 19th July (7-9pm) and Sunday 23rd July (10am – 4.30pm)
August 2017:  Wednesday 30th August (7-9pm) and Saturday 2nd September (10am – 4.30pm)
October 2017: Wednesday 4th October (7-9pm) and Saturday 7th November (10am – 4.30pm)
November 2017:  Wednesday 22nd November (7-9pm) and Saturday 25th Nov (10am – 4.30pm)

 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

– Preparing for Breastfeeding Workshop- June & August courses

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 21st June 2017 – 6.30 – 9.30pm

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 – 6.30pm – 9.30pm

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