About this guideline

About this guideline

This guidance updates and replaces NICE clinical guideline 13 (published April 2004).

New and updated recommendations have been included on:

  • the risks and benefits of planned caesarean section (CS) compared with planned vaginal birth

  • care of women considered at risk of a morbidly adherent placenta

  • appropriate care and choices for women who are HIV positive

  • care of women requesting a CS without a clinical indication

  • decision-to-delivery intervals to be used as audit standards

  • timing of the administration of antibiotics for CS

  • appropriate care and choices for women who have previously had a CS.

Recommendations are marked as [2004], [2011], or [new 2011]:

  • [2004] indicates that the evidence has not been updated and reviewed since 2004

  • [2004, amended 2011] indicates that the evidence has not been updated and reviewed since 2004 but a small amendment has been made to the recommendation.

  • [2011] indicates that the evidence has been reviewed but no changes have been made to the recommendation

  • [new 2011] indicates that the evidence has been reviewed and the recommendation has been updated or added.

ISBN: 978-1-4731-2992-4

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)