“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.”
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 invlove open discussion and give plenty of time for questions to be asked.
The course has now been split into 2 days, an evening and weekend session, as we know that expectant dads are very busy and cannot always attend all sessions in a longer course.
Wednesday 29th May, 7-9pm
- Supporting your partner during labour and birth
Saturday 1st June, 10am-4.30pm
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 £40 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 please contact the Pregnancy and Parents Centre office, 10 Lower Gilmore Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9NY
on 0131 229 3667 or email
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 sleep patten. 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 starts on Wednesday 22nd May and then continues on 29th May, 5th, 12th and 19th June from 11.30am-12.45pm
The cost is £38 (concession available), which includes soft oil for massage, handouts so you can practice at home and refreshments.
If you would like more information check out the Baby Massage
page or to join the course please contact
A new, informal Singing Group at the PPC. The group will run once a month on the third Friday of each month from Friday 19th April. Future groups will meet on 17 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 Aug, 20 Sept, 18 Oct, 15 Nov, 20 Dec.
The sessions will run from 7.30-9.00pm and will be facilitated by a few of us already involved with the Centre on a regular basis. We are not professionals, but we ARE enthusiastic and convinced of the benefits of singing together.
The group is for anybody who would like to come and sing, and we particularly
welcome pregnant women and new mothers. Babes in arms also welcome.
We will provide refreshments and the famous PPC biscuits!
This group will run on a voluntary basis to raise funds for the Centre. We would therefore appreciate a donation of £3-5 per session. There is no need to book you can just turn up. Or if you would like to find out more information please contact Daisy on the number below.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Daisy (07533050939), Nadine, Fiona and Robyn
Birth Preparation Workshop dates - Sunday 26th May
For more details see http://pregnancyandparents.org.uk/whatweoffer/birth-preparation-workshops/ or contact the office.
This was a pilot project which ran for 6 months to see if women wanted to come along to chat to a midwife about anything to do with their pregnancy, forthcoming birth or if they have recently had their baby and wanted to have a debrief. This was in addition to the care they were receiving from their community midwives. No clinical care was given, only a time for discussion and to get questions answered which they may not have had time to chat about at their midwifery appointments.
We are evaluating the feedback that we have received and will be looking to change the session format. We hope to restart these one-to-one appointments in the future.
If you are interested in attending a future session or if you want any further information please contact Jenny on the details below.
The sessions will be run by Jenny Patterson, local Edinburgh midwife and Supervisor of Midwives.
Jenny has spent several years working with women as part of both the NHS and as an independent midwife and alongside her colleague has been running our monthly ‘Choices for Childbirth’ evening.
Through this Jenny is aware of how little time is available to women to discuss questions and is offering this opportunity for women to ask questions one to one out with the clinical appointment.