Review decision date: April 2015

Review decision: 

We checked this guideline and decided that it should be updated at this time. For details, see the update decision and the process for deciding if an update is needed. Details of the update will be available on the guidelines in development webpage in due course. This guideline will be checked again for update at its scheduled time point according to the methods described here.

Next review date: December 2016

This guideline updates and replaces NICE guideline CG55 (published September 2007). It offers evidence-based advice on the care of women and their babies during labour and immediately after the birth. It covers healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies entering labour at low risk of developing intrapartum complications.

New recommendations have been added in a number of areas, including choosing place of birth, care during the latent first stage of labour, transfer of care, fetal assessment and monitoring during labour (particularly cardiotocography compared with intermittent auscultation) and management of the third stage of labour.

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