Active Birth Workshop (Pregnancy and Parents Centre)

Availability : South East

Who is this for?

  • Pregnant people and their birthing partner


Birth partners often say that they are worried that they won’t know what to do during labour, or how to support their partner. This active birth workshop aims to show both pregnant women and their birth companions useful and practical ways that can help with labour and birth.

The workshop provides time to explore how during labour you might want to move, position yourself and breathe, and how the birth partner can make that easier and more comfortable. Women and their birth partners are shown practical ‘tools’ for working with pain in labour including touch, movement and massage.

The facilitator draw upon well respected research and knowledge about birth and discuss a range of approaches to meet the intensity of labour, using simple equipment available to all, such as birth balls, pillows and chairs.

Benefit for women and their birth partners

The active birth workshop is valuable for women and partners planning or considering as straight forward a birth as possible. Many women are worried that they might not be able to cope with the intensity of labour and many partners are worried that they will find this very difficult. The aim of the day is to help you feel more positive about birth and confident in your abilities to cope with labour.

The facilitator is a highly experienced and knowledgeable birth educator/active birth teacher, having worked with women and their birth partners for many years.

What to expect

The workshop, which is designed for women and their birth partners, takes place over a whole day, usually from 10.00 am until 4.30 pm either on a Saturday or Sunday. This includes a break for lunch (which is not provided). Tea, coffee, water and biscuits will be available throughout the workshop.

Groups are kept to a maximum of five couples, and have a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The day is loosely structured but is kept flexible to ensure there is plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

All are welcome.

Women and their birth partners are welcome at any stage in their pregnancy but often come between 30-37 weeks of their pregnancies so they have time to think about what they have learned during the day.

How do I access this?

  • Self referral
  • Service is appointment only

Is there a cost?

The active birth workshops operate on a donation system because the Pregnancy and Parents Centre is a not-for-profit charity. The suggested donation is £120 per couple or £150 if there are two birth partners but the PPC have concessions for ALL groups and sessions and so please contact them as they never turn anyone away due to financial constraints.

Please contact Pregnancy and Parents Centre about this if you need to know more.

The PPC never turn anyone away due to financial restrictions and so if the suggested donation does not feel affordable, please contact the PPC who have concessions and will always make it possible for you to attend.

Location information

  • Public parking available
  • Wheelchair access

Opening times

Please contact the Pregnancy and Parents Centre for future workshop dates.

Saturday10:00 - 16:30
Sunday10:00 - 16:30

Contact Details

188 Pleasance, Edinburgh , EH8 9RT

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