Guidance and support for maternity care
NICE provides a complete suite of evidence-based guidance on maternity care, which is summarised in this quick guide.
Complications in pregnancy
Some women experience complications during pregnancy and recent guidance addresses:
- Hypertension in pregnancy
- Quitting smoking in pregnancy and following childbirth
- Weight management before, during and after pregnancy
- Pregnancy and complex social factors
In addition to our standard tools of slide sets, costing tools and clinical audit, there is more support available for these topics.
For healthcare professionals
NICE has been working in partnership with the Royal College of Midwives to provide support for the important public health role of the midwife by contributing to three seminars and a paper at the RCM annual conference in November 2010. We are planning two additional joint seminars for midwives, and further information will be made available here.
We have developed a training package in collaboration with Leeds University. This training package is aimed at trainers to support staff training for midwives, health visitors and other social care professionals to increase their confidence in raising sensitive issues with vulnerable pregnant women. The package comprises a training plan, slide set and video clips for use by trainers. It also includes an online resource for individual learning.
BMJ Learning has published an online learning tool for GPs to support their role in providing antenatal care with particular reference to these guidance topics.
The NICE guide on how to change practice provides evidence-based information on typical barriers to changing practice and practical ways you can identify and overcome these barriers.
We are providing a commissioning guide on:
For pregnant women and their partners
NICE provides information for members of the public explaining the risks involved and to help them understand the care they should expect.
Tommy's campaign has also produced information for women on quitting smoking and weight management based on our guidance.
Examples from practice
A compendium of service descriptions showcases the examples from practice that were identified in the full clinical guideline to describe what services for pregnant women with complex social factors could look like. In addition, this document provides the contact details of the people involved so that further information can be obtained.
NICE has also developed a guide to resources to support this topic to provide an overview of resources available from government, NICE and other national organisations that may help users put the guideline into practice. The document includes government policy documents, CPD and training resources or practical tools such as pathways or toolkits.
We maintain a database of examples from practice that may be useful in helping you to implement guidance in your own organisation. You can also help others to avoid mistakes and learn from your experience by submitting your work to our shared learning database.
- NICE calls for extra help for pregnant women living in difficult circumstances
- Smoking in pregnancy linked to fertility problems
- Will all pregnant women be made to take a breath test to see if they smoke
- A daily dose of aspirin could protect against hypertension in pregnancy
- NICE issues pregnancy weight management guidance, as the number of obese mothers soars
- Helping overweight and obese women lose weight before or after pregnancy
- Helping women to quit smoking during pregnancy
- NICE weight management in pregnancy guidance to help tackle rise in maternal obesity
This page was last updated: 21 July 2011