Postnatal care (CG37)
Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on 'postnatal care'
Specific, concise statements that act as markers of high-quality, cost-effective patient care
The NICE clinical guideline on postnatal care covers the core care that every healthy woman and healthy baby should be offered during the first 6-8 weeks after the birth.
Although for most women and babies the postnatal period is uncomplicated, care during this period needs to address any deviation from expected recovery after birth. This guideline gives advice on when additional care may be needed.
Responsibility for undertaking a review of this guidance at the designated review date has passed to the National Clinical Guidelines Centre for Acute and Chronic Conditions (NCGCACC). The National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care is no longer active.
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: postnatal care
This page was last updated: 07 November 2013
Information for the public
Review decision date: July 2013
Following the recent surveillance review decision, a rapid update of this guideline will be scheduled into the work programme. Details of the update will be available on the guidelines in development webpage.
Next review date: September 2014
Implementation tools and resources
- Costing report
- Costing template
- Slide set
- Postnatal care: implementation advice
- Breastfeeding peer support: commissioning guide
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The summary of the key recommendations in the guidance written for patients, carers and those with little medical knowledge and may be used in local patient information leaflets.
Quick Reference Guide
The quick reference guide presents recommendations for health professionals
The published NICE clinical guideline, contains the recommendations for health professionals and NHS bodies.
The published full clinical guideline for specialists with background, evidence, recommendations and methods used.