Antenatal classes

Parentcraft: Antenatal Classes for Expecting Parents

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?

You are warmly encouraged to attend our classes.

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 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?

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

Most women attend their first class when the pregnancy is more stable at 20 weeks’ gestation.

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.

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

Breastfeeding outpatient consultation

What you will learn:
  • Latching and positioning
  • Low breastmilk supply
  • Engorgement and blocked ducts
Charges (excludes GST):
During office hours (Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 3.30pm):
$100 for the first 45 minutes and $28 for every 15 minutes thereafter.

After office hours:
All charges will be doubled after office hours.

Childbirth education program (2 sessions)

Session 1 – Pre and postnatal care (Zoom class)
In this session, a midwife from Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital 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
Introduction on:
  • Preparing for my breastfeeding journey
  • Caring for my baby
Upcoming Sessions:
  • 28 Jan 2023
  • 25 Feb 2023
  • 25 Mar 2023
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 Novena Hospital will provide tips on caring for the newborn and mother after delivery. This will be a group session with a maximum of 8 couples per session, and sessions will be conducted based on localcultures.

What you will learn:
Hands-on care of baby’s comfort, safety and hygiene.

Newborn’s comfort
  • Swaddling to keep newborn warm
  • How and when to wake up a sleepy baby
  • Coping with baby’s cries
Newborn’s hygiene
  • Care of infant’s eyes
  • Care of infant’s umbilical cord
  • Diaper change
  • Infant bath
Early breastfeeding initiation
  • Breastfeeding recommended steps
  • Breastfeeding positions
  • Having a correct latch
  • When and why babies need supplements
  • Collection of colostrum and breastmilk
Newborn’s Safety
  • Burping newborn to prevent vomiting
  • Relief of newborn colic
  • Managing a choking infant less than a year old
Awareness of mother’s difficulties
  • Postnatal physical changes and exercises
  • Care of wounds
  • Understanding 2nd degree PPH
  • Emotional stages
  • Diet during confinement
Challenges in maintaining breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding 6 months and beyond back to work
  • Breastmilk expression and milk storage
  • How to manage insufficient or over-supply of breastmilk
  • Prevention of sore nipples, engorgement, blocked ducts, and mastitis

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 call our Business Office at +65 6933 0940 during office hours.

  • 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.