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.

2021 dates:

  • Wed 19th May and Sat 22nd May
  • Dates after May to be confirmed but do register interest.

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.

To book a place or be advised of upcoming course dates, please contact the Pregnancy and Parents Centre office, via email during Covid-19 – see below or via Facebook

on 0131 667 3043 or email

FOR 2020/part of 2021 our Dads to Be Courses are funded by Awards for All Community Fund