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Antenatal Care / Parentcraft (Before Birth)

  • What is Antenatal Care / Parentcraft?

    Parkway East Hospital has designed a 7-class antenatal course to provide you with comprehensive information as you prepare for childbirth and parenthood. We provide advice on nutrition, exercise during pregnancy, labour and care for your newborn. For optimal results, we recommend that you attend the classes when you are 4 months pregnant.

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

    • Maternal nutrition
    • Relaxation training
    • Breathing exercises for the different stages of labour
    • Breastfeeding
    • Parentcraft – how to look after your newborn

    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 preparing psychologically for the arrival of your baby. A lactation consultant will also provide 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 pregnancy.

    The antenatal course programme comprises of the following:

    Session 1: Nutrition – How to make healthy food choices during pregnancy and breastfeeding

    Session 2: Baby Massage – Bonding with your newborn through touch

    Session 3: Parentcraft 1 – Problems you may experience during pregnancy, the stages and management of labour and pain relief techniques

    Session 4: Parentcraft 2 – How to prepare for your baby's arrival, as well as bathing and breastfeeding your newborn

    Session 5: Exercise 1 – Exercises during pregnancy

    Session 6: Exercise 2 – Relaxation and preparation for labour and childbirth

    Session 7: Exercise 3 – Review of antenatal exercises and getting back in shape with postnatal exercise

     

  • At Parkway East Hospital, you can look forward to receive treatment in a warm and comforting environment. Our friendly staff and specialists are here to see you through each step of your journey towards recovery.

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