– NEARLY NEW SALE on Saturday 22nd September 2018 @11am – 4pm

We are delighted to announce our BONANZA Nearly New Sale on Saturday 22nd September 2018 

from 11am until 4pm (note different timing from usual)

With a move of premises on the cards, we are kicking our fundraising campaign off with a larger than ever Nearly New Sale.   Please come along and support our  fundraising event and the opportunity to buy pre-loved baby clothes, maternity clothes, equipment, toys and books. We also have a well stocked Cafe, real nappy & sling information.

If you would like to help volunteer your time for part of the sale day please contact the office on 0131 229 3667.  Volunteers are welcome to eat cake, bring tea as a thank you for helping us make the event possible.

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

– Motherspace no group running Monday 17th September 2018

Motherspace will resume on Monday 24th September after a holiday on 17th September.



– New Arrivals/International Parents Group – DROP IN GROUP NOT RUNNING

Due to saying goodbye to Pavi, who has facilitated New Arrivals/International Parents Group for over five years, there will be a break and no further groups meetings will take place until we have a new facilitator on board.  We would like to direct you to our Facebook page here. If you like the page, we can keep you updated about when New Arrivals/International Parents Group recommences and any other activities or events that may interest you.



– Donations for Nearly New Sale

Information about donating items for our upcoming Nearly New Sale

We can accept small items below from Monday 3rd                      September 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
                                                                                    ~ 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.

The success of our Nearly New Sale is reliant on donations so we urge you to only give us items we can sell. For donations that we cannot put into the sale, we must ask volunteers to help us recycle or move on, meaning we have less volunteer work being chanelled where it is most needed.

Thank you all.


– Yoga for Babies – **Spaces available in over four months classes**

The classes provide a friendly, relaxed environment in which to learn and share yoga with other parents and babies. A range of practices are developed over the weeks so parents can gradually incorporate the fun of yoga in day to day life with their babies.

The sessions include gentle stretching for mother and baby, relaxation and is finished with tea and biscuits and the opportunity to discuss any related topics and meet other parents.

You do not need to bring anything; we provide yoga mats, pillows, blankets and blocks, but encourage you to wear comfortable clothes.

Classes are held on Tuesdays  for the following age groups:

Over four months – mobile @ 10.15am – 11.45am **Immediate spaces available** get in touch
Under four months @ 12.15pm – 1.45pm – tell us you are keen and we will add you to our interested list.

Contact the office on 0131 229 3667 or email info@pregnancyandparents.org.uk to book

– Baby First Aid Sessions – Afternoon classes starting in October – book now!

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 under 6 months are welcome).

Cost is £20 per adult as this is what is costs us to run the session including resources used, and refreshments.


  • 17th October – 2pm – 4.15pm
  • 31st October – 2pm – 4.15pm

Do get in touch to request an enrolment form and further information.

If none of the above dates are suitable, please email  us to  add your name to our “interested” 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!”

– Preparing for Breastfeeding Workshop – 7th November 2018 – now booking!

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

  • 7th November 2018

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