Time to get ready for the Birth Day!
Feeling those third-trimester nerves? With the due date looming, there’s nothing that can help you cope better than by equipping yourself with knowledge about what lies ahead on the big day. It’s time for you to go back to school, and by school, we mean antenatal classes! Take yourself and the hubby along to demystify the labour experience and teach you skills that will help you deliver your bubba.
With a motto of bump, baby, and beyond, A Mother’s Touch accommodates women at every stage of pregnancy with its online face-to-face consultations (perfect if you are too busy to travel to classes organised at fixed times). The “BUMP Essentials” package includes coaching on labour, interventions and breathing, a birth plan consultation and access to exclusive videos and downloads. Once the baby is out, if you feel you need breastfeeding advice or postpartum consultations, you could opt for the “BEYOND Essentials” package. If you want advice in person, the associate team will visit you at home or in the hospital for an additional charge.
Annerley: The Midwives Clinic (OT&P Family Clinic)
Prepare yourself for the big day (and beyond!) with a range of pregnancy courses and antenatal classes at this well-known Hong Kong midwives clinic. Even if you haven’t signed up for Annerley’s pregnancy packages, which are tailored based on the type of hospital you want to deliver at, you could still opt for any of its antenatal classes. The most popular course is the Babies & Beyond which also has an express version (completed on a Saturday, in a single full-day session) as well as an online version. Other classes include a private refresher course for those who already have a child, HypoBirthing® and a two or more on the way session for mums-to-be of multiples.
Where: LG/F, Century Square, 1 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $4,900 for Babies & Beyond regular classes, $3,900 for the express version, $1,500 for the online version. Find out more about the whole range of classes and prices here
Contact: 2983 1558, [email protected], www.annerley.com.hk
This is another good option to look at for your antenatal classes because it covers a wide range of topics from signs of labour to birth plans, hospital bag essentials to your own postpartum body needs. It even covers birth registration, passports and visas in Hong Kong. Two-hour classes are conducted over three evenings, or you could opt for three-hour classes held over two Saturdays.
Recently relocated to Sheung Wan, the AOS clinic is run by well-known French midwife, Pascale Maitre. Offering a range of services including pediatric nursing, physiotherapy, sophrology and hypnotherapy, this clinic also offers antenatal classes for mums-to-be. With the sophrologist also on hand, you will be sure to learn how to keep calm through labour. The package includes coaching specific to delivering at both public and private hospitals in Hong Kong. If you have had a particularly strenuous labour, you may want to consult this clinic post-delivery for pelvic floor rehabilitation.
Where: Suite 2205, 135 Bonham Strand Trade Centre, 135 Bonham Strand East, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $4,200 per couple for three classes (6 hours) or $1,400 per class
Contact: 6113 8491, [email protected]
The name says it all, right mama? This practice is led by British-trained health visitor (maternal and childcare specialist) Yvonne Heavyside, who also serves as a lactation consultant and community nurse. This practice is most renowned for childcare, first aid & CPR courses for domestic helpers, but also offers fast track and private antenatal classes. The fast track classes are held at Wan Chai, while the private classes are held in the comfort of your own home. The classes cover what you can expect for normal or Caesarian deliveries, how to bond with the baby, breastfeeding tips and preventions of SIDS. A handbook is provided at the end of the course.
Where: Duke of Windsor Social Service Building, 15 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $1,300 for antenatal home consultations (1 hour), $1,480 per couple fast track antenatal classes (three 2-hour classes) and $1,300 per hour for private antenatal classes (minimum 2 hours). Find out about other options here
Contact: 9887 3235, [email protected], [email protected], www.thefamilyzone.hk
Wellness & Birth, founded by registered midwife Karin Siegler (Hong Kong & Germany registered midwife), offers private birth classes at your home (Skype/WhatsApp consultation available as well). The aim is to allow you to come up with your preferred birth plan for private or public hospitals once you have been guided through everything you can expect in the birthing process. You will be taken through breathing, relaxation and natural pain relief techniques, your partner’s contribution to the birth and operational structures of different hospitals will be discussed. Plus you’ll be taught everything you need to know about breastfeeding and baby care. Birth courses are also available for second-time mums who’re attempting VBACs (vaginal births after Caesarians).
This well-known private hospital is a favourite amongst many expat mamas for delivery. If you are delivering here, it would make sense to also do the classes here (classes are also conducted at Central for those who don’t want to make the hike up to the Peak four times). Classes are available in English and Japanese.
Where: Matilda International Hospital, 41 Mount Kellett Road, The Peak, Hong Kong; Matilda Medical Centre, Central, Suite 502, Prosperity Tower, 39 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
How much: $2,500 per couple
Contact: 2849 0321, [email protected], www.matilda.org
Hong Kong Adventist Hospital
This is another option to consider if you are scheduled to give birth at this hospital. For those who are registered to deliver here, there is a discount on the regular antenatal classes, but you might prefer this location anyway if you live close to Stubbs Road. The classes cover the usual topics and also include sections on newborn care and bathing, umbilical cord care and obstetric unit tours for those scheduled to deliver here. Classes are conducted in English, Cantonese, Putonghua and Japanese.
Where: 1B Seminar Room, La Rue Building, Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Stubbs Road, Hong Kong
How much: $1,200 per couple (if scheduled to deliver at HKAH), $1,500 per couple for regular antenatal classes; $3,500 for private antenatal classes
Contact: 3651 8914, 3651 8915, [email protected], www.hkah.org.hk
Most hospitals and clinics, including public ones, offer their own antenatal classes. Check your obstetrician or public healthcare provider during your next prenatal visit. Classes are recommended after 28 weeks of pregnancy and tend to fill up quickly, so make sure you book early. Don’t forget to breathe, mama – you’ve got this!
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 19, October 2016 and was updated by Anita Balagopalan on 23, August 2019.