This quality standard defines clinical best practice within this topic area. It provides specific, concise quality statements, measures and audience descriptors to provide the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers with definitions of high-quality care.

This quality standard covers the antenatal care of all pregnant women up to 42 weeks of pregnancy, in all settings that provide routine antenatal care, including primary, community and hospital-based care. The quality standard addresses routine antenatal care, including screening tests for complications of pregnancy, but it does not address the additional care needed to manage these complications if they arise in pregnancy (for example, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and

July 2013: Quality statement 7: Risk assessment – pre-eclampsia has been removed and is replaced by quality statement 2: Antenatal assessment of pre-eclampsia risk in Hypertension in pregnancy (NICE quality standard 35). See changes after publication for further details.