2 Notes on the scope of the guidance
NICE guidelines are developed in accordance with a scope that defines what the guideline will and will not cover. The scope of this guideline is available.
The topics this guideline addresses are listed in the introduction. This guideline does not cover:
pregnant women or babies with rare conditions or with complex or unusual comorbidities such as congenital heart disease
women with clinical conditions that arise during pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes, which require specialist care.
How this guideline was developed
NICE commissioned the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health to develop this guideline. The Centre established a Guideline Development Group (see appendix A), which reviewed the evidence and developed the recommendations. An independent Guideline Review Panel oversaw the development of the guideline (see appendix B).
There is more information about how NICE clinical guidelines are developed on the NICE website (www.nice.org.uk/HowWeWork). Information on how NICE clinical guidelines are developed is also available from the NICE website.