Prenatal classes and childbirth classes are a must for first-time mamas (and dadas).
They provide the perfect way to get to grips with your growing bub (and belly), prepare nervous parents-to-be for labour (eek) and give you a chance to have a good ol’ chat with other preggi mamas.
The content of each course differs according to the provider, but you can generally expect prenatal classes in Singapore to cover some or all of the following:
Prenatal Classes: What to Expect
- What will happen during labor and the birth of your child. What typically happens in Singapore hospitals and how to prepare your birth plan.
- An explanation of some of the medical procedures that will be on offer, including epidural, baby monitoring and cord blood banking.
- An overview of the caesarean section and what will happen if you need to deliver your baby by this method.
- A guide to massage, breathing, relaxation and stress management techniques that can help during the birth.
- An opportunity to ask any questions you have about giving birth and the decisions you may need to make during labour.
- An insight into the ways in which your lives may change after the baby is born (and boy oh boy will they change!).
- Breastfeeding advice and workshops. For more help in this area, check out our great guide to breastfeeding support in Singapore.
Here’s our lowdown on the best prenatal classes that Singapore has to offer.
Best Prenatal Classes in Singapore
This one is very popular and is a particular favorite with the expat crowd. Their prenatal childbirth preparation classes consist of five classes, during which you will learn about a number of critical topics, including labour, breastfeeding and taking care of bub. They run three classes per month and recommend that you start the program around one month before your due date (around week 30). These classes are extremely popular so they recommend that you book your slot as soon as you reach your 20th week of pregnancy.
Best for: Meeting other mamas and dadas.
Where: Tanglin Mall.
When: Monday and Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00; Saturday, 11:00 – 13:00.
What’s the cost: $480 for five two-hour classes.
Get in touch: Tel: (+65) 6836-0063; Email: [email protected]
Parentlink offer a range of different prenatal classes that vary according to your needs and situation. Whether you are looking to focus on natural birth, want to go into depth on what to expect when bub arrives and how to understand baby’s language, or are a second- or third-time mama who is simply seeking a refresher, they should have something to suit you. Programmes typically consist of three classes of four hours each.
Best for: Learning the Bradley Method of true natural childbirth.
Where: 32 Robin Close.
When: The complete childbirth package runs on Saturdays from 13:00 – 17:00.
What’s the cost? The cost of the classes ranges from $400 for the refresher course to $595 for the comprehensive natural childbirth classes.
Get in touch: Tel: (+65) 6536 4626.
Four Trimesters specialise in natural birth and hypnobirthing and their classes are renowned for teaching hypnobirthing techniques and labour exercises and providing expectant mummies with excellent practical information. If you’re planning on a completely natural birth or are interested in a water birth, this is the class for you. If you’re undecided, why not attend one of their intro sessions before you commit so you can get a good idea of what you can expect.
Best for: Natural birth, hypnobirthing, waterbirth.
Where: 33 Taman Warna.
When: Saturday weekly group classes 14:00 – 18:00 (6 sessions x 4 hours = 24 hours); Sunday intensive group classes 12.00 – 18:00 (2 sessions x 6 hours = 12 hours).
What’s the cost? $750.
Get in touch: Tel: (+65) 9475 1585; Email: [email protected].
The Best Hospital-run Prenatal Classes
Thompson Medical operate a Childbirth Education Course at their Parentcraft Centre. One of the best things about their programme is that they offer participants a chance to chat with a doctor and hear straight from the expert what they can expect and how best to deal with it. The prenatal programme consists of five lessons of two hours each and a one-hour presentation from a qualified doctor. They recommend that you book your slot when you reach the 20th week of pregnancy.
Best for: Face-to-face time with an expert.
Where: Thompson Medical Training Centre, Balestier Hill Shopping Centre; Ang Mo Kio Hub or Oasia Hotel Singapore.
When: Monday to Sunday. Various times available throughout the day.
What’s the cost: $256.20 – $277.60 for weekday classes. $370.70 – $395.30 for weekend classes.
Get in touch: Tel. (+65) 6350 8818 / 6350 8848.
Gleneagles operates a Childbirth Education Program at their Parentcraft Centre. The course consists of three lessons of two hours each and covers a range of different topics including coping with pain, breastfeeding and understanding your newborn. They also offer individual programs if you would prefer the sessions to be a little more personal.
Best for: Simple and straightforward sessions without any bells and whistles.
Where: Gleneagles Hospital, 6A Napier Road.
When: Weekday evenings, weekday morning.
What’s the cost? $320 for the weekday morning program, $280 for the weekday evening. One-on-one sessions are available from $380 for four hours.
Get in touch: Tel: (+65) 6470 5852.
The KKH antenatal classes are run by current practioners who are fully qualified in the field of childbirth. These women have been there, done that a thousand times and can share their real-life experiences with you as well as giving you real insights into how childbirth really is. The three-part programme covers pregnancy, labour and delivery and nurturing your child and starts from the 16th week of your pregnancy. Parts one and two comprise a total of eight sessions, with each session lasting one and a half hours. Part 3 is covered in one session, lasting three hours. Sessions are held once a week.
Best for: Getting the real lowdown straight from the horse’s mouth (so to speak).
Where: KKH Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Bukit Timah Road.
When: Call them for the latest class schedules.
What’s the cost: KKH patients: S$150 for weekday classes and S$180 for weekend classes; Non-KKH patients S$200 for weekday classes and S$230 for weekend classes.
Get in touch: Tel: (+65) 6-2255 554; email [email protected].
The NUH prenatal classes are specifically focused on labour and infant care and take place over 8 sessions of two hours each. The sessions also include basic baby massage techniques and methods of communicating with your newborn baby, which will most certainly come in handy!
Best for: Mamas and dadas who are just as interested in post-birth care as they are in labour.
Where: NUHS Tower Block, Level 12, 1E Kent Ridge Road.
When: Saturdays 9am to 11am, 11.30am to 1.30pm, 2pm to 4pm.
What’s the cost: $214* for NUH patients, $246.10* for non-NUH patients.
Get in touch: Tel: (+65) 6779 5555.
Mount Elizabeth hospital offer both group pre-natal classes and one-on-one sessions for those mamas- and dadas-to-be who want a more personal experience. Classes are operated over seven different sessions that cover a number of topics, including nutrition, labour, exercise, breastfeeding and pain management. The classes are run mostly as lectures, with a small number of opportunities to try techniques out for yourself.
Great for: Mamas and dadas who just want the plain and simple facts.
Where: Mount Elizabeth Orchard and Mount Elizabeth Novena.
When: Contact for more information.
What’s the cost: Group programme is $200.
Get in touch: Tel: (+65) 6250 0000.
Mount Alvernia’s Childbirth Education Programme is designed to start from the 20th week of pregnancy and it provides detailed insights into all the important parts of pregnancy, labour and childcare. They also offer a complementary session that concentrates on the role of the father. Operated by the MCYS Centre for Fathering, this additional class provides expectant dadas with a chance to learn about how they can help mama and baba.
Best for: Teaching dadas how they can be involved.
Where: Mount Alvenia Hospital, Thomson Road.
When: Weekdays and Saturdays. Contact for more information.
What’s the cost: Prices range from $181.90 to $235.40.
Get in touch: Tel: (+65) 6347 6688.
The pre-natal classes run by Raffles Hospital can start as early as the 12th week of pregnancy. The seven two-hour sessions cover a whole host of different subjects including pregnancy changes, nutrition, exercise, labour and post-delivery care.
Best for: Mamas who are keen to start familiarizing themselves with pregnancy and labour as soon as possible.
Where: Raffles Hospital, Level 11.
What’s the cost? From $253.75 for seven sessions.
Get in touch: Tel: (+65) 6311 1508; email [email protected]
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