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

Antenatal Care/Parentcraft (Before Birth)

  • What is antenatal care / parentcraft (before birth)?

    Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital’s Antenatal Programme

    Antenatal care is designed to provide you with detailed and thorough information as you prepare for childbirth and parenthood.

  • Antenatal care classes will prepare you for your baby’s birth by teaching you:

    • Breastfeeding
    • How to look after your newborn (Parentcraft)

    Besides regular visits to your obstetrician, you are encouraged to attend classes to help you prepare for parenthood. You will be advised on practical issues, while also preparing psychologically for the arrival of your baby. A lactation consultant will also be present to give you advice on breastfeeding and caring for your newborn baby. You will also be taught what to expect for your baby’s development and the changes in your body at every stage of your pregnancy.

  • With over 40 years of experience as an established private hospital in Singapore, we have a group of specialised obstetricians who treat patients at both Mount Elizabeth Orchard and Mount Elizabeth Novena – both award-winning hospitals with modern equipment and facilities.

    Our multidisciplinary team of medical specialists, nurses, lactation consultants and nutritionists will guide you through your entire pregnancy journey with care and professionalism, so you can experience the joy of bringing a new life into the world with peace of mind.

    Take your first step towards better health today by making an enquiry or appointment with us below, and experience the quality, customised healthcare that has made us one of the most trusted medical institutions in the Asia-Pacific.

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  • Mount Elizabeth Hospital's antenatal programme will provide new parents, both mummies and daddies, with the confidence and knowledge to give your newborns the best start in life.

    This comprehensive one-day programme held on Saturdays will guide parents on labouring, breastfeeding and baby care. Mummies will learn the techniques of latching to help them breastfeed successfully and also tips on preventing engorgement and sore nipples.

    There will also be hands-on practices using baby mannequins, and parents will learn about baby crying cues, bathing, and diaper changing.

    Programme Outline


    Miracle of birth

    • What is labour?
    • Signs and symptoms of labour
    • When should I go to the hospital?
    • Coping with labour
    • Spouse/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 – sore nipples, engorgement

    Caring for my baby

    • Jaundice in newborns
    • Bathing and cord caring
    • Why do babies cry
    • Diaper rash
    • Preparing the home for baby

    • Classes are for parents who have pre-registered for delivery admission with Mount Elizabeth Hospital.
    • Slots are based on a first-come-first-serve basis.
    • Classes are conducted in English.
    • All classes are held at Mount Elizabeth Hospital.
    • Light refreshments are provided. Please inform us of any food allergies or special dietary requirements.
    • Refunds and replacement sessions are not permitted regardless of reasons.
    • Mount Elizabeth Hospital’s Parentcraft Centre reserves the right to reschedule classes due to unforeseen circumstances.

    If you have already pre-registered for admission with Mount Elizabeth Hospital, speak to our Business Office at +65 6304 4423 to book the class.

  • Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital’s antenatal programme

    Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital's antenatal programme is designed to equip new mummies and daddies with the skills to give your newborn the best start in life.

    Our small group classes are held over two Saturdays, and will cover breastfeeding tips and baby care according to World Health Organisation guidelines, baby care, and the birth environment in a hospital.

    The classes provide hands-on skills on infant bathing, diaper change, burping, and breastfeeding positions using a baby mannequin. You will learn techniques on how to reduce engorgement and blocked ducts using a breast model, as well as how to conduct prenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care. Attendees will also get a chance to take part in a demonstration on how to help a choking baby.

    Programme Outline


    Session 1: Embracing the birthing journey

    Instructor: Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital’s senior staff midwife

    Birthing

    • 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 wounds
    • Understanding emotional changes
    • Strengthening pelvic floor muscles

    Understanding your baby

    • Common characteristics of a newborn

    Ensuring newborn safety

    • Swaddling baby
    • Burping baby
    • Managing choking baby

    Session 2: Practical steps to a positive breastfeeding experience

    Instructor: Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital’s IBLC lactation consultants

    10 Steps towards successful breastfeeding

    • Skin to skin benefits
    • Rooming-in and responding to baby cues
    • Breastfeeding positions
    • Having the correct latch
    • Why and when baby will need supplements

    Breastfeeding 6 months and beyond

    • Back to work
    • Milk expression and milk storage

    Challenges to breastfeeding

    • Increasing breast milk supply
    • Prevention of sore nipples
    • Relief of engorgement / oversupply
    • Prevention of blocked milk ducts
    • Coping with baby's cries
    • When do you wake a sleeping baby

    Baby hygiene

    • Baby bath and diaper change
    • Care of baby's eyes
    • Care of umbilical cord

    • Classes are conducted in English.
    • All classes are held at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, 38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563.
    • Light refreshments are provided. Please inform us of any food allergies or special dietary requirements.
    • Charges are exclusive of Goods and Services Tax.
    • To sign up, please contact +65 6933 0940/1 during office hours.
    • Refunds and replacement sessions are not permitted regardless of reasons.
    • Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital’s Parentcraft Centre reserves the right to reschedule classes due to unforeseen circumstances.

    Speak to our Mount Elizabeth Novena Lactation Consultants at +65 6933 0940 to find out more about our antenatal programme.

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