– Nearly New Sale, real nappy info – Saturday 9th June 2018 -10am – 1pm

Our next Nearly New Sale will be held on Saturday 9th June 2018 from 10am until 1pm.

Please come along and support our largest fundraising event and the opportunity to buy pre-loved baby clothes, maternity clothes, equipment, toys and books. We also have delicious homebaking and teas in our Cafe, and  real nappy information.  Because of our need to find new premises we will also have lots of friendly faces to explain to you where we are with the move and how, if you wish, you can help us. Mostly, though, it is to keep you all informed.

If you would like to help volunteer for a short time on the day of the sale please contact the office on 0131 229 3667.

We ask for a £1 donation on the door and encourage you to share this with anyone who might be interested.

Val, Anisa & Kasia
0131 229 3667

– Donations for Nearly New Sale

Information about donating items for our upcoming Nearly New Sale

We can accept small items below from Wednesday 23rd May and are looking for:

~ good quality donations of baby clothes up to 3 years old.
~ Maternity tops and jackets
~ Real / cloth nappies
~ Equipment (for large: buggies, cribs, high chairs ** please call the
office to check whether we have room in the sale before coming
along  and confirmation of when we can accept larger items**).
~ Tens Machines

What we can’t accept:

  • Car Seats
  • Maternity trousers
  • Books on birth or parenthood
  • Baby baths
  • Moses baskets
  • Breast pumps
  • Bottle and feeding equipment.

If in doubt, give us a ring and we can guide you. Sadly, the storage space in our centre is in short supply so we can’t always accept certain donations.


– What do we need from our “new home”?

Context of the relocation

The Pregnancy and Parents Centre (registered charity number SC032390) is a not-for-profit organisation, which supports expectant mothers, new parents and young families, irrespective of circumstances, background, sexual orientation, family makeup or beliefs. In the region of 400 people use our facilities each week. Many of our services, which include practical and emotional support in the lead up to and following childbirth, are free, and our sessions are run on a donation basis or a sliding scale of fees, so we never turn anyone away due to financial constraint.

We currently occupy a townhouse on Lower Gilmore Place, which has 110m2 of usable space (160m2 in total, including corridors and staircases).

We are looking for a premises, within a 10-15 minute walking radius of our current premises on the canalside (eg Tollcross, Gilmore Place, Polwarth, Viewforth, Gorgie, Dalry, Fountainbridge), which could be configured to allow for:

  • Ground floor access, with no steps or a ramp for access
  • Two large rooms for group activities
  • One or two smaller consulting rooms
  • One office space for three staff, potentially adjoining a reception space
  • Two toilets, at least one of which suitable for baby changing facilities / wheelchair access
  • Social space
  • Kitchen / food and drink preparation area
  • Ample space for storage (integral or assembled)
  • Indoor or potentially some secure outdoor space for pram parking
  • Ample natural light
  • Ideally situated over one floor to minimise need for stairs.
  • Space for our free resource library

The premises should be readily accessible by public transport connections and in a safe pedestrian area. Nearby parking is a bonus. Many visitors to the centre will have prams and pushchairs so we would prefer to avoid narrow pavements. The majority of our visitors and staff are female, some of whom are in vulnerable situations, and security is paramount. The Centre typically opens between 9am and 9.30pm weekdays, with shorter opening hours at weekends.

If you would like to visit the Centre in its current premises to understand more about how we use our space, please get in touch with premises@pregnancyandparents.org.uk.



– Preparing for Breastfeeding Workshop – 6th June – spaces available

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

  • 6th June

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

– 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