What are antenatal classes?
Antenatal (prenatal) or parent-craft 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?
Our antenatal classes are designed for both expectant mummies and daddies. Couples and individual attendees are both welcome to attend our classes.
Are antenatal classes necessary?
Antenatal classes are beneficial, with the aim of equipping parents-to-be with the knowledge of labour, birth, breastfeeding and caring for their newborn baby.
Experienced midwives and lactation consultants will share hands-on advice on how to:
- Cope with physical and emotional changes
- Prepare for labour
- Plan for successful breastfeeding
- Take care of your newborn
When should you attend antenatal classes?
Most women attend their first class when the pregnancy is more stable, at around week 20.
What can you expect in antenatal classes?
Expecting mothers will learn tips and techniques to cope with labour, breastfeed and care for their newborn. Browse our programme outline for a better understanding of what you can expect at our antenatal classes.
Childbirth education program (2 sessions)Session 1 – Pre and postnatal care (Zoom class)
In this session, a midwife from Mount Elizabeth Hospitals will provide tips on managing labour and caring for your newborn.What you will learn:
Virtual Presentation on Miracles 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
- Preparing for my breastfeeding journey
- Caring for my baby
Please register for our exclusive Zoom classes on the Life Sprouts event page
.Session 2 – Intensive course on the care of baby and mother after delivery (face-to-face class)
In this session, a midwife from Mount Elizabeth Hospitals will provide tips on caring for the newborn and mother after delivery. This will be a group session with a maximum of 8 couples. Confinement and dietary requirements are based on Asian culture.SESSION 2A - CARE OF BABYHands on Care of Baby’s Comfort, Hygiene and SafetyNewborn’s Comfort
- Swaddling to keep newborn warm
- How and when to wake up a sleepy baby
- Coping with baby’s cries
- Care of infant's eyes
- Care of infant umbilical cord
- Diaper change
- Infant bath
SESSION 2B – MATERNAL NUTRIENTSAwareness of Mother's DifficultiesPostnatal Physical Changes
- Burping to prevent newborn vomiting
- Relieve newborn colic
- Managing a choking infant less than 12 months
Early Breastfeeding Initiation
- Pelvic floor exercise
- Care of wounds
- Understanding 2nd degree postpartum hemorrhage
- Understanding emotional stages during traditional confinement
Challenges in Maintaining Breastfeeding
- Advantage on direct breastfeeding in early initiation
- Breastfeeding positions
- Having a correct latch
- When baby needs supplements
- Collection of colostrum and breastmilk
- Breastfeeding 6 months and beyond returning to work
- Breastmilk expression and milk storage
- How to manage insufficient or over supply of breastmilk
- Prevention of sore nipples, engorgement, block ducts and mastitis
*These sessions are not sufficient for Active Birth Process
Please call our Business Office at +65 6933 0940 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about course fees and registration details.