– 2 Spaces left in Saturday morning Yoga for Pregnancy

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 7 week block runs from Saturday 21th July from 10am-12 noon and will run until 1st September.

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 7 week term is £75.  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- Spaces left for 15th July Course

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 Course is Sunday 16th August 2018 from 10am – 4.30pm

Space for 1 couple left – contact office to book.

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

– Dads-To-Be course – now booking for August course!

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.”

Next Course Date:
Wednesday 15th August  (7-9pm) and Saturday 18th August (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

– Baby Massage – New Block starting 22nd August – BOOK NOW!

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:

Morning class running @ 11.40am – 12.55pm from 22nd August until 26th September 2018

Get in touch with us to book your space!

If you would like more information check out the Baby Massage page or to join the course please contact us


Our centre will be working on a reduced timetable throughout July and August and so our centre working hours are slightly altered from term time. Please see below for the office opening hours.  With staff holidays to balance, response time may be slower but we will get back to you as soon as we can.

You can email us:  info@pregnancyandparents.org.uk  or PM us on Facebook or leave a voicemail on 0131 229 3667/

Office / Centre hours

Monday: 9-15am – 5.30pm
Tuesday:  9.15am – 4.30pm (on Tue 24th July we will close at 3pm)
Wednesday:  CENTRE CLOSED UNTIL 16th August
Thursday: 9.15am – 4.30pm (on Thur 26th July we will close at 3pm)
Friday:  9.15am – 5.30pm (our office is closed on Friday 20th July but New Arrivals will be running).

Val, Anisa & Kasia

– Summer Music Classes – Still Spaces for 2nd & 9th August

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:   2nd & 9th August

Times & ages:

11.15am – 12.30pm –  1-2 years

1.00 – 2.15pm – 2 years to pre-school

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

– 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.



– Summer Yoga with Babies – Spaces still available for 24th July & 7th August

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

Babies from birth until mobile – combined class running on following dates: at 12.15-1.45pm

Classes running on:
JULY: 17th, 24th, 31st (31st is full)
AUG: 7th

Each session is £8.30 per adult and baby and includes refreshments.

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

– 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