Pregnant? Here are all the best antenatal classes for expecting parents in Singapore (yes, dads are included too!).
Expecting a baby and not sure what’s next? Have you ever wondered what goes on in an antenatal class, or you’re not sure if you should attend one? Nothing can really prepare you for parenthood, and everyone’s journey is different. Connecting with people at the same life experience stage as you and learning together is a great way to feel less alone and more prepared. Discover the facts about labour and birth (with pain-reducing tricks and birth support tips!), newborn care, breast and bottle feeding and the importance of self-care and recovery. We’ve got you covered if you’re looking for the best antenatal classes in Singapore!
THE BEST ANTENATAL CLASSES IN SINGAPORE
1. Blooming Births
When it comes to welcoming a new baby, Blooming Births is all about offering holistic support, education, and empowerment to families as a whole. Its signature antenatal class, Childbirth With Love, doesn’t just equip couples with practical and evidence-based knowledge about labour, birth, breastfeeding, and baby care, but looks into attachment theory and helps parents navigate triggers and relationship challenges in their parenting journey. Whether you’re new parents, or second timers (or more), Blooming Births is able to tailor to your needs. This two-day workshop (in-person and virtual options available) is conducted by Blooming Births’ founder, Chantel Kismet, who’s a seasoned doula, a certified trauma-informed somatic practitioner, and parent coach who’s also a mother herself. Blooming Births also has classes that specifically support VBAC, twins and multiples, breastfeeding, sibling integration, as well as couple connection.
2. Beloved Bumps
Beloved Bumps have several locations in Singapore and offer prenatal and postnatal classes to parents on their exciting new journey. Founded in London in 2012, Beloved Bumps provides couples with a variety of informative and fun courses to help during pregnancy as well as after birth. You can also join playgroups with your newborn, meet other parents and make some new friends!
3. Mother and Child
Mother and Child has been offering support to new parents in Singapore since 1994 and were one of the first birth care centres in Singapore. They host a whole range of classes, including HypnoBirthing, led by a certified Mongan Method Practitioner. You and your partner can also join general childbirth and labour classes, and there’s even a refresher course for second-time parents who need a gentle reminder. Mother and Child also offer lactation consulting, gentle pregnancy yoga and postpartum exercise classes, where bub is welcome too – there’s even a baby music class! Best of all, Mother and Child are conveniently located in Tanglin Mall, so you can grab a coffee afterwards and discuss your newly learned knowledge!
One of our favourite breast pump and bottle brands, Hegen offers more than just great products! From your thirtieth week of pregnancy, you can join their private in-person antenatal class with your partner to learn all about labour and childbirth. As it is just you and your significant other in the class, you can feel confident asking questions openly. It’s also a really nice bonding opportunity without the embarrassment of having to speak up in front of other couples. Of course, Hegen also has a strong focus on breast and bottle feeding, and there are lactation experts on hand to help you with advice both pre and post-birth!
5. ParentCraft by Dr Wong Boh Boi
Dr Wong Boh Boi, fondly known by her clients as ‘the Baby Whisperer’, has years of experience and professional qualifications in newborn care. Join a weekly antenatal class, or take a one-day crash course on what to expect in the lead-up to labour, birth and early newborn care.
6. Mummy Baby Care
Do you feel fully prepared for the many real-life challenges you may face as a new parent? If not, you’re not alone, and Dr Sharon Ow is here to help. There are many challenges of new parenthood, such as lack of sleep, couple disharmony, poor health, stress and anxiety. Dr Sharon suggests that studies have shown the best way to prevent or lessen these is to prepare during pregnancy.
In her Newborn Preparation Course, you’ll learn some of the basics of baby care. Everything from carrying and swaddling to diaper changing and bathing. You can also learn about baby sleep patterns, burping and how to ease conditions such as colic and wind. Share your breastfeeding concerns, learn burping and massage techniques for baby comfort, and much more!
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7. Your chosen hospital
Many of the local and private hospitals have their own antenatal classes and courses for new parents. Check in with the hospital where you have chosen to give birth. Find out if you can chat with their team of healthcare professionals. The hospital programmes are designed to better prepare you and your partner for your pregnancy journey.
Enjoy your journey into new parenthood!