– Interested in YOGA for PREGNANCY?

We run a number of Yoga for Pregnancy groups over the course of the week (during the day, in the evening and at the weekend).  To find out more about our classes and how they differ from other Yoga groups in Edinburgh please follow the link here.

We often have a waiting list for some classes so we encourage you to register your interest.  You can do this by completing the form found here. Once we have received this, we will get in touch directly to explain more about the space and how our classes work.

Thank you.

 

– Nearly New Sale and Real Nappy & Sling Info Day Sat 15th June 2019!

On Saturday 15th June from 11am-3pm we will be holding one of our fabulous Nearly New Sales and Information Days!

Come along to get your hands on loads of very low cost pregnancy and baby clothes, nursery equipment, accessories and all things baby at our Nearly New Sale.   This will also be an information day on real nappies.  Find out about different types of nappies, how they can save you money and help the environment and what might suit you.  We will also have information on slings!  Also chat to our friendly staff and volunteers to find out about the Centre and how we can help you.  We are a local charity supporting expectant parents and young families and all money raised goes towards running the Centre.

Please note that whilst our centre has buggy parking during our regular class timetable, there is limited storage for buggies during our sale and we will ask you to leave buggies outside (close to one of our door volunteers who will keep a watchful eye). We are sorry we can’t accommodate buggies during the period of the sale.

Pregnancy and Parents Centre, 10 Lower Gilmore Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9NY

Entry £1

Nearly new sale

– Pelvic Floor Workshop – Thurs 20th June 7-9pm

Laugh, Don’t Leak – Do you know what your pelvic floor is and how to look after it when pregnant and after you have your baby? Pelvic Floor

We know that at least one in three women suffer from varying degrees of incontinence, and that a very high percentage of pregnant women and those who have given birth, suffer the same.

Come along to this light hearted session looking at how to maintain a healthy pelvic floor during pregnancy and after and how to manage issues.

This session will be led by Elaine Miller, a qualified physiotherapist, who has a very humorous way of giving information about pelvic floors and what can happen to them.

“I have an interest in women’s health and a hobby of stand up comedy. So, I did the obvious thing and combined comedy with continence to try and burst the taboo surrounding leaking.”

Being a comedian but also a physiotherapist the session will be very informal and involve practical exercises to help look after yourself.  Information will be given on abdominal muscles and about exercise after your baby is born also.

As with all PPC sessions there will be a time for tea and biscuits to bring up any questions and further the discussion.

The session will run on Thursday 20th June 2019 from 7-9pm.  The suggested donation is £12.  To book your place please contact the office by emailing: info@pregnancyandparents.org.uk or calling 0131 2293667.

 

What others thought about the session

“I loved the humour and size of the class.  It very light-hearted but without losing any seriousness about the topic.”

 “Amazing. Lots of detail. Really practical advice. Very encouraging”

“This workshop is useful to all females”

– Donations for Nearly New Sale

Information about donating items for our upcoming Nearly New Sale


We can accept small items below from Friday 17th May.

We can accept large equipment from Monday 10th June (this is due to lack of storage)

WHAT SMALL DONATIONS ARE WE ACCEPTING?

~ good quality donations of baby clothes up to 3 years old.
~ Maternity tops, dresses and jackets
~ Real / cloth nappies
~ Slings that are good quality
~ Tens Machines

WHAT LARGE DONATIONS ARE WE ACCEPTING (from 10th June)?

~ Buggies/prams (if possible can you talk us thorough how to open/close when dropping off donations?
~ High chairs
~ Bouncers and large play items
~ Stair gates
~ Toilet training/change mats

What we can’t accept:

  • Car Seats
  • Maternity trousers
  • Books on birth or parenthood
  • Baby baths
  • Moses baskets or cots
  • Breast pumps
  • Bottle and feeding equipment (Plastic plates etc.)

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 channelled where it is most needed.

Thank you all.

 

– Yoga for Babies – **Spaces available in Under four months class now **

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:

Under four months @ 12.15pm – 1.45pm**Immediate spaces available** get in touch
Over four months @ 10.15pm – 11.45pm – 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

– Active Birth Workshops – new date for June workshop – Sunday 23rd June

Our Active Birth workshops give information and support to pregnant women and their partners in preparation for their births.  This course runs from 10am – 4.30pm and we are now booking spaces on this full day workshop on Sunday 23rd June.

The suggested donation is £85 per couple. It is possible to bring two birth partners, please enquire if this is the case.

For more details see here or contact the office to book your space.

 

– Baby First Aid Sessions – next course 5th June (Wednesday)

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)
Croup
Nose bleed
Broken Bones
Allergic Reaction
Burns
Bleeding
Meningitis
Fever
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.

Next Course date:

Wednesday 5th June – 2.30pm -4.45pm

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!”

– Vacancies for members of our Board of Trustees

We are very keen to broaden the diversity and breadth of our Board of Trustees, in order to better represent all those who use or could use our services. The Trustees are a group of volunteers who are responsible for the good governance and strategic direction of the PPC. The centre is about to undergo a period of change due to a premises relocation.

We need enthusiastic and committed individuals who understand and appreciate our aims, objectives and values, and who want to contribute to the strategic development of the PPC, be involved in some of the day-to-day decision making, and be responsible for its paid employees, facilitators and volunteers.

All applicants will be considered, however we are particularly keen to recruit people with skills in any of the below:

  • Finance and Accounting, Marketing, Outreach Work, Fundraising, Law

If interested, you will be invited to:

  • An informal discussion with a current trustee
  • Attend three monthly board meetings prior to formal invitation to become a Trustee
  • Take part in projects of interest to you and your skillset.

As an elected Trustee, you will be invited to attend our Annual General Meeting, and monthly Trustee Meetings (which typically alternate between Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons).

Babes-in-arms are welcome at meetings and there is flexibility around other commitments. Childcare expenses can be covered for director’s activities.

For more information, or to apply (including a covering letter and CV) please contact:

PPC Co-ordinator, 10 Lower Gilmore Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9NY or volunteers@pregnancyandparents.org.uk

To find out a bit more about our current Trustees please follow the link here

Ros Claase (current Trustee)

Nadine Edwards (Founding Trustee)

Daisy Dinwoodie (Trustee & Facilitator)

– Baby Massage – couple of spaces for starting course on 29th May!

This would make a lovely present for a new parent!

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:

Wednesday 29th May until 26th June  2019 – 11.40am – 12.55pm ! (5 week course)

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

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH NEWS ABOUT OUR NEW HOME!

As you will be aware we are preparing to move away from our present location at Lower Gilmore Place by the end of October 2019.  We had identified a suitable property through our property agent, around five minutes away from our centre and have been in negotiations with the landlord for sometime.

Unfortunately, the landlord of the property concerned has decided to withdraw this property from the commercial market.  This decision explains the delays in negotiations over the past couple of months, despite our project manager working hard to move this along.

We are exploring another property very close by and our property agent is instigating another search to see if any other suitable properties are now available.  We also encourage you to keep telling us if you see any spaces that are vacant in our locality; we will explore all properties notified to us. In the meantime, we will also be looking into contingency plans, such as using interim space should we not be able to identify the right premises in advance of the development beginning on our current site.

As matters develop, we will keep you updated.  We would like to continue to hear your feedback and ideas on the move.  Please reach out to the Trustees directly, if you wish, and we hope to shortly organise a further consultation meeting to continue the dialogue.

With best wishes,

The Trustees & Staff of the Pregnancy & Parents Centre

We can also keep you updated via email about our move. If you think this would be helpful, please follow the link here to tell us!

– 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