Dads-To-Be course

Dressing the little one!


What we have been told about our Dads to Be courses:

“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.”

 What is the Dads-To-Be course?

The PPC Dads-To-be course is a midwife-created 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.


  • Supporting your partner during 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


How will it benefit me, my baby, my partner?

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. 
Our Dads-To-Be course covers vital information that every parent-to-be should know but is given in a way that the men will enjoy and take in.  The course is for men only to give them the opportunity to ask the questions they want answered and get the support they need. 
The course provides information to dads that they can use to give confidence and support to their partner and skills that they need to help look after their baby and share the parenting role.  The course also covers how you can bond with your baby which in turn helps everyone.  Handouts are also given to help remember information.

What to expect

The course is based around workshop activities and many practical tasks will be involved as well as discussion.   When possible a dad from a previous course comes along with their new baby  which gives expectant dads a chance to explore first hand experiences in an honest environment.  As we are restricted from offering face to face courses, the practical work in the course can only be demonstrated through our online sessions but still lots of opportunities to ask questions and share thoughts.

Upcoming Course Date: 

  • December – Wed 2nd and Sat 5th

More information and how to book:

This course is aimed at men who will be first time fathers as we recognise that expectant dads need a safe space to discuss issues, consider their role as a father and how their relationship will change.  The Pregnancy and Parents Centre welcomes and wants to support all families and liaises and works with LGBT groups to run sessions to ensure all families feel supported during this important time in families lives.  Please contact us if you would like to know more.

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  please contact the Pregnancy and Parents Centre office, via email during Covid-19 – see below or via Facebook

10 Lower Gilmore Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9NY

on 0131 229 3667 or email