Antenatal classes

Parentcraft: Antenatal Classes for Expecting Parents

In view of the evolving COVID-19 situation, we will be suspending on-site antenatal classes until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.

What are antenatal classes?

Antenatal (prenatal) or parentcraft classes are designed to provide expectant mothers and fathers with detailed and thorough information to prepare for childbirth and parenthood.

Who should attend antenatal classes?

You are warmly encouraged to attend our classes if you have pre-registered for delivery at Mount Elizabeth Hospitals.

Our antenatal classes are designed for both mummies and daddies.

Are antenatal classes necessary?

Antenatal classes prepare you for labour and your child’s birth by teaching you how to breastfeed and look after your newborn.

Experienced midwives and lactation consultations will share hands-on advice on how to:

  • Cope with physical and emotional changes to your body
  • Prepare for labour
  • Plan for successful breastfeeding
  • Take care of your newborn

When should you attend antenatal classes?

As soon as your pregnancy is confirmed, your doctor will advise when to sign up for antenatal classes.

Most women attend their first class between their 8th – 12th weeks (end of the first trimester) of pregnancy.

What can you expect in antenatal classes?

Expecting mothers will learn tips on coping with labour, appropriate breastfeeding techniques, and how to care for their newborns. Read our programme outline to better understand what to expect when attending an antenatal class at Mount Elizabeth Hospitals.

Allantenatal classes are held in our hospitals and conducted in English. As we will provide light refreshments, please let us know if you have any food allergies or special dietary requirements.

Programme outline

Held on Saturdays, our comprehensive one-day antenatal programme covers:

  • Breastfeeding techniques and tips
  • Hands-on practice with baby mannequins
  • Baby crying, cues, bathing and diaper changing
Miracle of birth
  • What is labour?
  • Signs and symptoms of labour
  • When should I go to the hospital?
  • Coping with labour
  • Spouse or partner’s role
  • Welcoming baby
  • Caring for yourself
Preparing for my breastfeeding journey
  • 10 steps to successful breastfeeding
  • Preparing to breastfeed
  • Importance of correct latch-on and positioning
  • Rooming-in with your baby
  • How often should I feed my baby
  • Breastfeeding challenges such as sore nipples and engorgement
Caring for my baby
  • Jaundice in newborns
  • Bathing baby and caring for the umbilical cord
  • Why do babies cry
  • Diaper rash
  • Preparing the home for baby

Held on Saturdays, our antenatal programme covers:

  • Infant bathing, diaper changing, burping and breastfeeding using a baby mannequin
  • Techniques to reduce engorgement and blocked ducts using a breast model
  • Demonstrations on how to help a choking baby

Embracing childbirth

In this session, a midwife from Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital will provide tips on managing labour and caring for your newborn.

  • When is it time to go to the hospital?
  • Labouring in a hospital environment
  • Vaginal birth, assisted birth and Caesarean section
What's after birth
  • Managing delivery wounds
  • Understanding emotional changes
  • Strengthening pelvic floor muscles
Understanding your baby
  • Common characteristics of a newborn
Ensuring your baby's safety
  • Swaddling your baby
  • Burping your baby
  • How to manage if your baby is choking

Preparing for a positive breastfeeding experience

Start your breastfeeding journey on the right path with a certified lactation consultant from Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.

10 Steps towards successful breastfeeding
  • Benefits of skin-to-skin contact
  • Rooming-in and responding to baby cues
  • Breastfeeding positions
  • Latching on correctly
  • Why and when does baby need supplements
Breastfeeding 6 months and beyond
  • Planning for your return to work
  • Expressing and storing breast milk
Challenges to breastfeeding
  • Increasing breast milk supply
  • Preventing sore nipples
  • Relieving engorgement or oversupply
  • Preventing blocked milk ducts
  • Coping with baby's cries
  • When do you wake a sleeping baby
Baby hygiene
  • Bathing your baby
  • Changing baby's diapers
  • Caring for baby's eyes
  • Caring for the umbilical cord

Sign up for antenatal classes

For Mount Elizabeth Hospital, please call our Business Office at +65 6304 4423 during office hours.

For Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, please register for our exclusive Zoom classes on the Life Sprouts event page.

  • If you are unable to attend 1 or both sessions, there will be no refunds or replacement sessions.
  • We reserve the right to reschedule classes due to unforeseen circumstances.