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Health Topic:   Gynaecology, pregnancy and birth
Guidance:   Postnatal care
Description:   The summary of the published clinical guideline on Postnatal care. It links to the published guidance and key documents.

NICE implementation uptake reports

Implementation uptake report Assessment Published Date Coverage

External literature

External literature Assessment Coverage

Healthcare Commission (2008) Towards better births: a review of maternity services in England Healthcare Commission

Description: A national review of maternity care. Results included 71 to 91% of women reported receiving a postnatal check-up of their own health and wellbeing at six weeks and Trusts reported an average of 70% of mothers ?initiating breastfeeding?

Doubts about or mixed impact in practice National

Care Quality Commission (2010) Survey of women's experiences of maternity services 2010

Description: The 2010 survey of women?s experiences of maternity services involved 142 NHS acute trusts and 2 primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. We received responses from over 25,000 women, a response rate of 52%. Results found that of expectant mothers offered scans for Down's syndrome in their baby: 52% had a blood test only, 6% had a nuchal test only and 38% had a nuchal and blood test. Only 3% of expectant mothers were offered no scan at all.

Doubts about or mixed impact in practice National

Kidney, E et al (2011) Does the level of evidence underpinning NICE recommendations influence adoption into trust maternity guidelines? Archives of Disease in Childhood Conference Publication: (var.pagings). 96 (Fa 75-Fa 96), 2011

Description: A structured audit of maternity guidelines from 12/15 Trusts in the West Midlands, England for incorporation of 15 NICE recommendations. Semi-structured interviews with 16 clinicians from five Trusts explored implementation. Results found that full adoption into local guidelines ranged from 100% for skin-to-skin contact and suture materials to 55% incorporating the 2-h wait for suspected delay in labour and 25% stipulating breastfeeding within the first hour.

Doubts about or mixed impact in practice Regional

National Audit Office (2013) Maternity services in England

Description: This report examines the performance and management of maternity services in England. Evidence was collected between January and September 2013 using a variety of methods, including a web-based survey of all acute trusts and individual maternity units. Findings show mixed experiences relating to continuity of care. In 2010, 92% of women reported having a named midwife. However, 22% stated that they had been left alone, during or shortly after birth, at a time when it worried them.

Doubts about or mixed impact in practice National

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