(SCTP) Postnatal Mother and Newborn Care (Classroom & Synchronous e-learning)

Offered by School of Health Sciences

SkillsFuture Career Transition Programme (SCTP) / 3-4 months / TGS-2023036957

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Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Trainer Profile
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

In Singapore, over 35,000 babies are born each year, and the care of newborns and mothers during the postnatal period is traditionally provided by confinement nannies. There has been a growing number of confinement agencies and centers in Singapore. Unfortunately, the quality of care varies widely due to the absence of formal training standards.

We have developed a reskilling course for individuals involved in postnatal mother and newborn care to address this issue. This course aims to improve care practices and service standards for mothers and infants from childbirth up to four to six weeks post-delivery, providing structured training. It benefits the in-service employees from the active confinement and nanny agencies in Singapore, offering them formalized training opportunities for career advancement and job satisfaction.

Additionally, this course is open to mid-career individuals seeking new opportunities in the growing Care Economy and women looking to re-enter the workforce. This course is also suitable for caregivers, including parents, grandparents, and others interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to care for their own family members.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, the learners should be able to :

  • identify common problems in the mother and infant after delivery
  • demonstrate competence in the basic care of mother and infant
  • provide support, care and/or health teaching to the breastfeeding mother and infant
  • handle the infant safely
  • initiate first aid care immediately after an injury; and communicate effectively with the mother and family members through the use of verbal and/or non-verbal channels.

Watch these course preview videos to learn what you’ll be learning at the course

Postnatal Mother and Newborn Care SCTP: What will you learn (By NP’s School of Health Sciences) https://for.edu.sg/school-of-health-sciences

Postnatal Mother and Newborn Care SCTP: What will you learn (By NP’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences) https://for.edu.sg/school-of-humanities-and-social-sciences


Course date: 25 Jun 2024 – 7 Sep 2024
Application Period: 9 Apr 2024 – 9 Jun 2024
Duration: 90 Hours
Delivery mode: Classroom & Synchronous e-learning
Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic, external venues (TBC) & Online

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

For the detailed course schedule, please find it here.

Lesson Plan

Care of Mother
  • Changes in the body after delivery
  • Differences between normal and Caesarean delivery
  • Common problems after delivery and care
  • Breastfeeding Support
Care of Newborn
  • Bathing the infant
  • Manage baby having fever or low temperature
  • Changing diaper, including management of infant with nappy rash
  • Care of eyes and umbilical cord
  • Bottle feeding, burping the newborn
  • Feeding bottle sterilization methods
  • Care of baby with jaundice/colic
  • Vaccinations
Standard First Aid with BCL S/AED
  • Common home injuries and management, and when to seek medical treatment
  • Standard first aid with CPR & AED (adult and baby)
Health & Wellness
  • Mental Wellness of Mothers
  • Basic Communication and Conflict Management Skills with family members
  • Postnatal massage
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in confinement
  • Nutrition & Diet – Recommended balanced confinement diet (including alternatives and substitutes) for bottle feeding and breastfeeding mothers

Trainer's Profile

Sivaneswary Palanibilo

Sivaneswary Palanibilo is a lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore. She holds the position of an overseas programme (OSP) senior manager and personalised learning pathway (PLP) coordinator. Prior to her current position, she was a nurse educator at the Thomson Medical Centre. With a wealth of working experiences from three different countries in the clinical areas and nursing education, Sivaneswary brings a unique perspective to her role and expertise.

Sivaneswary is dedicated to empowering future nurses and fostering excellence in nursing education. She constantly adheres to evidence-based guidelines and hospital policies with a passion for high standards of nursing care for mothers and babies. Join her for a transformative learning journey towards improved care outcomes for your clients.

Suzanne Khor

Suzanne has been practising as a Clinical Dietitian for over 18 years. Having worked as a Senior Dietitian in KK Women's and Children's Hospital for over 10 years, Suzanne has comprehensive knowledge in treating adults and children with nutritional problems. Prior to KK Hospital, she has managed adult medical nutrition therapy for general medicine, neurological medicine and cardiac medicine through her working experience at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Polyclinics and private hospitals. Over the course of her career, she has contributed to articles in Singapore magazines and newspapers and delivered talks and trainings on nutrition. Suzanne has special interests in nutrition for children, pregnant mothers, weight management, digestive disorders, nutrition in feeding difficulties, diet therapy for neurological disorders and eating disorders.

Some of the conditions that she manages include: gestational diabetes, diabetes Type 1 and Type 2, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, poor weight gain in pregnancy, hyperemesis gravidarum, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), underweight/IUGR, overweight/obesity, allergy, eating disorders, poor weight gain in children/fussy eating/infant feeding difficulties/food aversion in children and diet therapy for neurological disorders (e.g. ketogenic diet). Suzanne obtained her undergraduate degree in Dietetics with honours from the National University of Malaysia and postgraduate degree (Masters of Health Science Education) from University of Sydney Australia. She underwent further specialization in Dietetics during her HMDP (Health Manpower Development Plan) - Eating Disorders and Ketogenic Diet at SickKids - The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. She has undergone further training-certified in SOS Approach to Feeding, and is a Monash Fodmap trained dietitian. She is strongly supportive of extended breastfeeding and has personally (& hopefully her children) benefitted from this. She is a member of the Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association and American Society for Nutrition.

Helen Tan

Ms Helen Tan has been in the beauty, spa and wellness training industry for over 38 years, certified with CIBTAC, ITEC, & CIDESCO qualifications in Aesthetic, Body, Face & Body Electrotherapy, Spa, Aromatherapy, Advance Skincare Treatments, IPL, Microdermabrasion.

She has also been a trainer and international examiner with CIDESCO International & ITEC for over 25 years.

Her professional career is in training, spa licensing, consultancy, courseware development with ACTA & DACE qualifications, and managing 5-star hotel spas and an airport.

Na Yi Ting

Ms. Na Yi Ting is the principal physician and co-founder of Yi TCM clinic, which focuses greatly on fertility, pregnancy care and confinement. She accumulated vast experience in individualized confinement care for patients who have delivered under her care. She provides TCM training for physicians.

During her term at the Fertility Clinic at Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution (2016 - 2021), her keen interest in fertility has helped many patients conceive naturally. She led the fertility group to develop a complementary TCM regime for patients trying to conceive through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) such as IVF and IUI. She provided confinement treatements and advice to her patients who had delivered. She has provided training for trainee fertility physicians during her term.

Mey Chan

Mey is a psychotherapist who journeys with individuals to mental wellness. Having lived through life-changing experiences in physical and mental health challenges, she now dedicates her time to helping people - a shift from her previous work in the financial sector. Therapy is now her main thrust of work. Mey uses Integrated Psychotherapy, with specialisation in Clinical Hypnotherapy.

Mey enjoys volunteering in the community, and serves on the Board of Care Community Services Society (CCSS). She also develops programmes and provides training in the area of mental health and wellbeing with charities and educational institutions. Mey also hosts online platforms for art therapy - for mother and child, and for mature ladies, with the primary focus on mental wellness.

Having spent much of her work life engaging the analytical mind, Mey now seeks to explore her creative mind through various expressions: writing, drawing, music, etc. etc. Her recent work is Little Kapal, a published illustrated storybook, which raised funds for children with rare illnesses in Singapore and Malaysia.


Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who achieve at least 75% attendance and pass assessments.

Entry Requirements

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the course:

Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 5 for Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing OR Pass in GCE ‘N’ level English

Students enrolled in the course must have their own laptops/devices for face-to-face and online lessons.


  • Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee enrolment into the PMNC course. Admission is based on a holistic assessment of the candidate.

Course Fees

Funding period for this course is from 1 Oct 2023 to 30 Sep 2024.

SkillsFuture Credit
All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.

*Additional course fee funding
Additional course fee funding support of up to 95% of course fees for jobseekers with greater needs. Individuals must be Singapore Citizens and meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Long-term unemployed individuals (unemployed for six months or more); or
  • Individuals in need of financial assistance – ComCare, Short-to-Medium Term Assistance (SMTA) recipients or Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) recipients; or
  • Persons with Disabilities

For more information on course fee subsidies, please refer to SSG website here.

GST Increment in 2024
Please note that the GST rate will be revised to 9% with effect from 1 Jan 2024. As such any payable course fees will be subjected to the new GST rate adjustments in 2024. Please refer to our STEP portal for the updated fees. (Click on STEP)


  • The fees below are determined based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review and revision.
  • Please refer to our FAQs for more information.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Full course fee$5450.00
Singaporeans aged below 40 qualified for SkillsFuture Funding$1635.00
Singaporeans aged 40 & above qualified for SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy$635.00
Singapore Permanent Residents qualified for SkillsFuture Funding$1635.00
Eligible Applicants for Additional Course Fee Funding Support*$385.00