Whether you’re a first-time mum or are a pro in the delivery room, these prenatal (also called 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 prenatal classes in Singapore because there are lots of new things to learn! Plus as antenatal classes are often designed to group you with others giving birth around the same time – they are often the best way to meet new mama friends with bubs the same age!
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 prenatal 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! 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!
The favourite of expats and global locals, Beloved Bumps is run by a team of midwives and health professionals from the UK, France and Australia. The four-week prenatal classes course is highly rated by mums AND dads and prides itself on being interactive, backed by the latest research and, most importantly, unbiased. There’s no judgement – regardless of whether you plan to breastfeed or bottle-feed, have a water birth or C-section – the goal is for both you and your partner to walk away feeling prepared. But what makes Beloved Bumps so popular, is the activities that help you build meaningful friendships with other couples on the same journey. In addition to the prenatal classes, you have a class WhatsApp group, date night, ladies lunch and postnatal reunion with your classmates. Read the Google reviews from their most recent couples! There is a range of class options, as well as A LOT of pre and postnatal services, which means you’ll have a support network at each stage!
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,www.parentlink.com.sg
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 labour 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: $995/6 classes
FourTrimesters, 33 Taman Warna, Singapore 276369, Tel: (+65) 9475 1585, www.fourtrimesters.com
Bump Birth & Beyond
Bump Birth & Beyond understands the struggles of pregnant mommas who find it hard to sit through long hours of lessons. That’s why their Antenatal course can be done online in the comfort of your own home, with lifetime access included in their packages. The team understands that parents may forget what they have learnt, and that’s why parents can do repeat courses. Periodically, existing members will also get access to new relevant modules. You can expect live calls so you can get to know the community and ask questions, too. The Bump to Birth modules are taught by experts and the topics are extensive; these range from baby and mother care, postpartum- nutrition and even a module devoted to teaching daddies & mommies on how to plan an effective caring schedule. It helps parents allocate quality time for the baby and much-needed self-care time for parents in the first 30 days of their new journey. Bump Birth & Beyond also has a great selection of pre and postnatal vendors that are offering special deals and discounts so you can get a good headstart on parenthood. You’ll find everything you need on the Partners’ page upon signing up.
How much: $197 for lifetime membership access.
The Childbirth Education Course offered at Thomson Medical Centre consists of zoom lessons and practical lessons based on physical and mental preparation, all the way to hands-on baby care for postnatal periods. 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
Thomson Baby, 1 Thomson Road Singapore 300001, Tel: (+65) 6511 1183 / 6350 8848, www.thomsonmedical.com
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 prenatal 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, www.gleneagles.com.sg
KKH Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Divided into three parts, KKH’s Antenatal Programme provides a holistic overview of 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 part three, which is one three-hour session. They cap the classes at 12 couples, so spots can fill up fast.
KKH Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 100 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229899, Tel: (+65) 6225 5554, www.kkh.com.sg
Mount Elizabeth Hospital
If you want a more intimate and private learning session, Mount Elizabeth Hospital has a one-on-one prenatal class 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 seven 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, www.mountelizabeth.com.sg
Parkway East Hospital
Being able to say that you’re eating for two may be 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 how not to 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, www.parkwayeast.com.sg
National University Hospital (NUH)
Any eager beavers in the house? NUH‘s 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 prenatal 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, www.nuhgynae.com.sg
Grab your partner along and sign up for Raffles Hospital’s 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 two to four 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, www.rafflesmedicalgroup.com