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Prenatal Classes in Singapore: Prepare for Birth, Get Tips & Meet Other Mamas

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Whether you’re a first-time mum or a pro in the delivery room, these prenatal (also called antenatal) classes can help you prepare for a positive birthing experience

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 babies the same age!

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Mother and Child

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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 prenatal 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!

Mother and Child, Tanglin Hub, #03-11 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933, Tel: (+65) 6836 0063 [email protected]


Beloved Bumps

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Beloved Bumps is much-loved by expats and global locals as it’s 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 and able to make informed choices. But what makes Beloved Bumps so popular, is the social activities that help you build meaningful friendships with other couples on the same journey. Included in the prenatal classes are a class WhatsApp group, date night dinner, and a ladies lunch. Read the Google reviews from their most recent couples! As well as their prenatal classes there are a range of class options for both pre and postnatal, which means you’ll have a support network at each stage of your parenting journey!

Beloved Bumps, 46 Kim Yam Rd, #03-05, The Herencia, Singapore 239351, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 8809 8623


Blooming Births

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Blooming Births’ signature Childbirth with Love antenatal class is evidence-based, taking an unconventional approach towards childbirth preparation. Led by trauma-informed Doula, Childbirth Educator, Parent Coach and Somatic Practitioner Chantel Kismet, this comprehensive two-day workshop covers preparatory knowledge for labour, birth and postpartum care. What’s unique about the workshop is that Chantel supports couples to identify their triggers and create a self-guided toolkit to navigate challenges faced in their parenting journey and deepen couple communication. She provides deeper insights into partner support, birth advocacy, medical inductions, feeding, sleep, respectful caregiving and newborn care. Chantel incorporates mindfulness and somatics into her workshops. Couples who have attended the workshop loved the hands-on interactive activities and step-by-step strategies as they found them easy to apply and practice. They also expressed appreciation for Chantel’s comprehensive knowledge and for weaving it into a local context, understanding the birthing system better. Blooming Births offers other workshops focusing on VBAC preparation, twins/multiple preparation, second-time parents or more, breastfeeding, sibling integration, parenting and couple connection. Sessions are available both in-person and virtually. Sign up for the next one happening 25-26 February 2023!

Blooming Births, Tel: (+65) 9171 4357, [email protected]


Bump Birth & Beyond

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Bump Birth & Beyond understands the struggles of pregnant mommas who find it hard to sit through long hours of antenatal 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 prenatal or post-natal 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, to postpartum nutrition and even a module devoted to teaching daddies and 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: US$227 for lifetime membership access.

Bump Birth & Beyond, [email protected]


Hegen Lactation Centre

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Hegen Lactation Centre offers Childbirth Education, Caring For Your Newborn, Baby Massage and Back to Work Breastfeeding classes for parents. Pre and postnatal lactation consultations are also available with their resident International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Their classes aim to educate, enable and empower new and expecting parents with science-backed and evidence-based knowledge and practice delivered by their team of lactation and maternity specialists. Held in 1-to-1 sessions or in small groups of up to 8 couples, Hegen Lactation Centre’s classes are the perfect place to ask your intimate questions in a safe space. They’ll even follow up with you to see how you’re doing, especially postpartum, to provide support, encouragement and assistance if need be. Hegen Lactation Centre has recently re-launched their Childbirth Education class with the joining of their maternity specialist who has over 14 years of experience and expertise helping thousands of mothers deliver their babies. Lactation services start at $100 and classes start from $380.

Hegen Lactation Centre, #02-01, Alexandra Technopark, Tower A Lobby 1 438A Alexandra Road, Singapore 119967, Tel: (+65) 8874 0452, [email protected] 


Warda Yusoff Doula & Childbirth Educator

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Warda is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) and believes that everyone benefits from an informed pregnancy and birth. The Six Healthy Birth Practices are the basis of Lamaze education, established in 1960 with a mission to “advance safe and healthy pregnancy, birth, and early parenting through evidence-based education and advocacy.” With evidence-based, natural childbirth coping techniques, Warda helps families cope with fears and can empower you with evidence-based information about labour and birth. In her Lamaze class, you’ll learn how to cope with labor through Breathing, Relaxation and Comfort techniques to help alleviate fears and manage pain. You’ll also learn about the process of labour and birth, interventions and medication, and the postpartum period. LCCE credentials are internationally respected and it is the only childbirth educator program that has passed rigorous standards set by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Book in for a Lamaze Childbirth Group Class or personal one-on-one coaching with Warda!
How much: $380 per couple, 4.5 hours training with free educational handout

Warda Yusoff Doula & Childbirth Educator, Tel: (+65) 9880 1417, [email protected]


Empowa

Kathy of Empowa is a certified doula who offers personalised guidance for mums-to-be and new mums. You can start with a free discovery call to let her know what you’re keen on learning before you pop, or sign up for a postnatal package so she can be on hand for any emergencies once you have your baby! Whether you choose to do an online parenting class or prenatal consultation to learn the basics, Kathy always starts by hearing parents out on their concerns before giving direct advice you can put into action.
How much: From $30 for an online parenting class.

Empowa, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 9295 1035


Four Trimesters

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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

Four Trimesters, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 9664 4565


ParentLink

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


Gleneagles ParentCraft prenatal classes

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


KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital antenatal programme

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. The prenatal classes are conducted by specialised healthcare professionals so they will share real-life relatable experiences with you. Topics covered include labour and delivery, breastfeeding and newborn care and it is recommended that you start the programme after week 16. You may choose to sign up for either a 4-week course or a 1-day Intensive course. Participants will also get to attend a complimentary ‘Nurturing Your Child’ talk as part of the programme. They cap the classes at 12 couples, so spots can fill up fast.

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 100 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229899, Tel: (+65) 6394 1268


Mount Elizabeth Hospital one-on-one prenatal class programme

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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.

Mount Elizabeth Hospital, 3 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228510, Tel: (+65) 6737 2666


National University Hospital (NUH) antenatal programme

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).

National University Hospital, 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074, Tel: (+65) 6779 5555, 


Parkway East Hospital antenatal classes

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. 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,


Raffles Hospital seven-lesson antenatal programme

Grab your partner 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: $328 for a full day class

Raffles Hospital, 585 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188770, Tel: (+65) 6311 1222, www.rafflesmedicalgroup.com


Thomson Baby Childbirth education course

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: $314/couple on weekdays and $349/couple on weekends and public holidays

Thomson Baby, 1 Thomson Road Singapore 300001, Tel: (+65) 6511 1183 / 6350 884

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