This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing hypertension (high blood pressure) and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, labour and birth. It also covers advice for women with hypertension who may become pregnant and postnatal care for women who have had hypertension or pre-eclampsia. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

NICE has also published quality standards for antenatal care, intrapartum care and postnatal care.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards