Review decision date: January 2015

Review decision: 

Following the recent surveillance review which checks the need to update CG37, this guideline should not be updated at this time. The update of the genital tract sepsis section of the guideline is to be taken forward through the development of the sepsis guideline (anticipated publication date July 2016)

CG37 will be checked again for update at its scheduled time point according to the methods described here 

Next review date: December 2016

This clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on the care of women and their babies in the first 6–8 weeks after birth. Recommendations on co-sleeping and sudden infant death syndrome were updated in 2014 and cover the first year of an infant's life.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.