The Best Antenatal Classes in Dubai
You’ve bought all the cute outfits, the nursery decorating is well underway and you’ve picked out your stroller. All the practical things are ticked off the list, now it’s time to think about exactly how to deliver your baby and how to care for your little angel once they’re here. For first time parents, an ante natal class is the perfect way to learn all about labour, birth and the first few months of looking after a newborn. It’s also a great social experience giving parents to be, the chance to bond with other couples and make friends that can help support one another through the coming months when your little ones arrive.
We’ve researched all the best antenatal classes in Dubai and pulled the information together for you below to make things a little easier when choosing which class is best for you.
Best for those looking for a class that starts from the second trimester
Babies and Beyond provide a full comprehensive programme that starts from 12 weeks of pregnancy and takes you all the way to delivery and beyond. Classes cover all aspects of pregnancy and birth including How to eat healthily and stay fit during pregnancy, massage skills and breathing techniques for labour, the different means of natural pain relief as well as advice on the different stages of labour and what to expert during the birth itself. The team at Babies and Beyond also offer workshops you can attend once your baby is born as well as Mama mornings where you can meet other mothers and compare notes!
When: Every first and second Saturday of the month, 10am-2pm
Where: Concord Tower, Media City, Office 1906
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or +971
Best for those who need everything in one place
Malaak Mama & Baby Care offer a range of classes as well as antenatal. You can also access hypnobirthing classes, baby massage classes, stimulation classes for when your baby is older and they offer a range of parental workshops and mama mornings that allow you to meet other Mums. Antenatal classes cover topics such as The Birth, pain relief & intervention, feeding basics and sleeping. Antenatal classes are led by leading UAE maternity expert, Celine de Scally.
When: Every Saturday 1pm-4pm and 5pm – 8pm
Where: Times Square Centre. Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: email@example.com or +971-4-3284019
Best for those on a budget
Dr Suleiman hospital provides free antenatal classes for anyone. All you have to do is call up and book in, you don’t even have to be delivering at the hospital. Week one of the course covers how to look after your newborn, week two is all about breastfeeding, week three concentrates on the various stages of labour and pain relief. Week four looks at baby and child safety.
When: Every Saturday 9am-11am. One class per week for four weeks.
Where: Dr. Suleiman Al Habib Hospital, Dubai Healthcare City
Contact: +971 4 429 7718
Best for straightforward medical advice from trained midwives
The midwives at Health Bay polyclinic are all western trained and available to help with all aspects of pregnancy, labour, delivery and looking after your newborn. Topics covered in the classes include caring for yourself during pregnancy, active labour and birth, possible challenges of labour as well as care of a new-born baby and breastfeeding and infant feeding.
When: Wednesday evening or Friday morning. One class per week for four weeks.
Where: Healthbay Polyclinic, Verve Villas # 1-5, Al Wasl Road
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 800 4272
Best for those who are delivering at a Mediclinic Hospital
Get a tour of the hospital, the labour ward and the delivery rooms with these classes offered free for those who plan to deliver at a Mediclinic Hospital. Classes also cover what to bring to hospital and when to come, birth plan, Labour and Birthing, Induction of labour, Pain management, Birth (including video) and birthing positions as well as obstetric interventions (c/section, vacuum, episiotomy) and Postnatal (baby bathing, changing nappy).
Classes start from 24 weeks of pregnancy and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
When: Hospital dependent. Contact for more details.
Where: At the Mediclinic hospital you plan to deliver in
Contact: email@example.com +971-4-4359999
or firstname.lastname@example.org +971-4-2827788
Best for advice from advice from one of Dubai’s leading obstetricians
Topics covered during the classes include caring for yourself during pregnancy, how to manage labour and birth, pain relief, challenges during labour, breast feeding and infant feeding as well as caring for your newborn.
When: A daytime session, in a group or one-to-one.
Where: New Concept Clinic. Building 72, Dubai Healthcare City.
Contact: email@example.com or +971 4 554 727
Best for those looking for an easy-access approach coupled with advanced technical care where needed
Mums to be are encouraged to bring their birth partner along to these classes which cover preparing for labour and delivery, normal delivery, cesarean delivery as well as looking at what happens when things don’t go according to plan. They also look at alternative pain relief methods such as hypnobirthing, information on stem cell collection as well as baby care and an introduction to baby massage.
When: Monthly birth preparation classes held over the course of one Saturday.
Where: J3 Mall, First Floor, Al Wasl Road
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or +971 4 348 6344
Best for Hypnobirthing
Jasmin Collin is a qualified hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner who specialises in fertility, hypnobirthing and parenting classes. Classes are designed with both parents in mind but Mums can attend alone or with a friend and classes will be adapted.
When: 4 weekly classes, every Friday morning adding up to 16 hours of tuition.
Jasmin advises starting anytime between 26 and 32 weeks of pregnancy.
Where: Babies & Beyond, Concorde Tower, Media City
Contact: email@example.com or +97150 132 3669