Whether you’re a first time mum or are a pro in the delivery room, these antenatal classes can help you out when your due date arrives
When you find out you’re pregnant, millions of questions run through your mind, especially if you’re a newbie. What food can I eat? How much weight am I supposed to gain? The list goes on! Knowing what to expect when you’re expecting is essential for any new mama and papa, whether it be at the beginning or end of the journey. It might be weird going back into a classroom setting, but don’t fall asleep during these top antenatal classes because there’s lots of new things to learn!
Mother and Child
Celebrating their 25th year of supporting expectant and new parents in Singapore, Mother & Child’s popular antenatal Childbirth Preparation course is skilfully designed with practical information to prepare you before the birth of your baby. Over the course of four 2.5-hour classes, their highly experienced Midwives and Childbirth educators will impart their wisdom on topics including labour, birth, feeding, and newborn care, ensuring parents-to-be feel comfortable and confident in their birth process. Classes are relaxed, interactive, and limited in size to provide plenty of personal attention. As a bonus, Mother & Child’s antenatal packages also include complimentary services, special discounts, and a very useful Active Birth class to help prepare your body for labour. You will come out of the course feeling confident about making informed choices about the kind of birth experience you want — plus you’ll have a new built-in network of parent friends!
NB: Mother & Child suggests that you start your first session around your 30th week of pregnancy, and complete the course about a month before your expected delivery date. They offer a HypnoBirthing class, too!
Mother and Child, Tanglin Hub, #03-11 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933, email [email protected] or Tel: (+65) 6836 0063
Run by an experienced UK midwife, Beloved Bumps is all about creating a warm, friendly, and super social environment for parents-to-be. They want these classes to be the place where you meet your future fellow mama besties! The highly rated prenatal classes are very interactive and cover a wide range of topics backed by the latest research. Information is delivered in a refreshingly honest and unbiased manner; there’s no judgement regardless of whether you plan to breastfeed or bottle feed, have a water birth or C-section – the goal is just for you to make informed decisions throughout the parenting process in hopes of having a happy, healthy mama and bub! From prenatal and postnatal exercise to postnatal home visits, Beloved Bumps offers a variety of course dates and packages – so you’re sure to get the experience you want! They also put an emphasis on maintaining your new mama network by offering a ladies lunch, postnatal reunion and regular playgroup for 0-6 month-old babies. We hear these classes are particularly popular with papas – perhaps it has something to do with the free beer during classes and dads’ brewery tour outing? Read reviews from other mamas here.
Antenatal class packages start at $550 and are held at Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248649
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop that tends to all possible prenatal needs, you don’t have to look any further. ParentLink provides classes from childbirth methods, hypnobirthing, parenting to understanding your baby. The Complete Parenting Package is $810 per couple and includes a first aid course, baby language course and five sessions of parenting skills.
How much: $810/3 courses (per couple)
ParentLink, 18 Hougang Avenue 3, Singapore 530018, Tel: (+65) 9012 0071
What makes FourTrimesters stand out is their doula service aka professional labour assistants who can help provide continuous support and care for parents prenatally, during labor and birth. It’s like having your own birthing guru, always on call when you need help or have questions. If you would like to explore different birthing options, like water birth and home birth, or want to learn about hypnobirthing techniques and labour exercises, they have classes for you to check out. With a very comprehensive website, you will be well informed before you need to decide on which class best suits your situation.
How much: Antenatal Group classes: $895/6 classes
FourTrimesters, 33 Taman Warna, Singapore 276369, Tel: (+65) 9475 1585
Thomson Medical Center
The Childbirth Education Course offered at this hospital consists of five weekly lessons based on physical and mental preparation, all the way to hands-on baby care for postnatal periods. If you are a working mama, these classes will be perfect as there are five class times offered on Saturdays and three on Sundays. One of the things that people love about this programme is the chance to speak with a doctor, because words that come out of a professional are always ten times more reassuring. Be ready to start after week 20!
How much: $299/6 classes (if delivery is at TMC), $320.4/6 classes (if delivery is at another hospital)
Thomson Medical- ParentCraft Center, 339 Thomson Road, Singapore 307677, Tel: (+65) 6251 4090
True or false: Rush to the hospital once you feel contractions. FALSE! To know when the appropriate time is to pack your bags and dash out the door, you should sign up for Gleneagles ParentCraft classes. They have a Childbirth Education Programme, Personalised Programme and a Free Baby Weaning session, all run by Lactation consultants and midwives experienced in childbirth education. Once you’re enrolled, you are given access to phone support from their staff at any time. Remember to bring a notebook to the class, you will be bombarded with valuable information.
Gleneagles, 6A Napier Road, Singapore, 258500, Tel: (+65) 6473 7222
KKH Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Divided into three parts, the Antenatal Programme provides a holistic overview on what to expect when you’re expecting, and answers all the how-to’s that are bouncing around in your head. All the trainers are current practitioners, so they will share real-life relatable experiences with you. They recommend you start the first part of the programme during week 16, then you’ll move into part two, which talks about labour and childbirth. The first two parts are a total of eight sessions, each one and a half hours long, and ending with the part three which is one three-hour session. They cap the classes at 12 couples, so spots can fill up fast.
How much: For KKH patients: $150/weekday classes, $180/weekend classes; For non-KKH patients: $200/weekday classes, $230/weekend classes
KKH Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 100 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229899, Tel: (+65) 6225 5554
Mount Elizabeth Hospital
If you want a more intimate and private learning session, Mount Elizabeth Hospital has a one-on-one antenatal programme suited for your specific needs. Some things they’ll touch on include having the right posture, breathing and pushing techniques for labour, and exercises to relieve muscles affected from being preggers. The Group Antenatal Programme has a more general approach, with a total of 7 lessons planned to teach you about pregnancy nutrition to exercise to the delivery process. Sign up for a programme and avoid as many “What do I do?!?!” moments when your baby gets here.
How much: One-to-one: $250; Group Antenatal Programme: $200
Mount Elizabeth Hospital, 3 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228510, Tel: (+65) 6737 2666
Parkway East Hospital
Being able to say that you’re eating for two may be as a blessing and a curse. But try not to take this privilege too far and stuff your face twice as much too often. The Antenatal Class Programme at Parkway East will teach you about eating nutritiously for two, consuming the right vitamins and minerals, and to not pack on unnecessary weight. Three exercise sessions are included to keep your body in optimal condition in prep for the delivery.
Parkway East Hospital, 321 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427990, Tel: (+65) 6344 7588
National University Hospital
Any eager beavers in the house? The Antenatal Programme is available for those mamas who can’t wait to jump on the parent wagon and want to start after the 12th week. With a total of eight sessions, you will learn everything you need to know about antenatal care, as well as postnatal care. They know not every mama will be able to go consecutively for eight weeks, so it is perfect that they offer an express class option. You only have to go in for two weeks and gain just as much knowledge as you would in eight (except the class about infant feeding).
How much: Normal class: $214 (NUH patient), $246.10 (non-NUH patient); Express class: $160 (NUH patient), $192.60 (non-NUH patient)
National University Hospital, 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074, Tel: (+65) 6779 5555
Grab your partner along and sign up for the seven lesson Antenatal Programme held every Tuesday evening. You can begin once you reach your 12th week of pregnancy and anything you need to know about once your newborn arrives will be addressed too. If you are a veteran mama who just needs a little refresher on breastfeeding or pain relief options during labour, you can opt for 2-4 lessons. What may work for your first may not work for your second!
How much: Antenatal Programme (full): $268/couple; 2-lessons: $98; 3-lessons: $138; 4-lessons: $168
Raffles Hospital, 585 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188770, Tel: (+65) 6311 1222