This quality standard covers care for healthy women and their babies during pregnancy (up to 42 weeks). It covers routine antenatal care in primary, community and hospital settings. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.
It includes checking for complications, but does not cover additional care for women with complications of pregnancy (for example, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and venous thromboembolism).
NICE has also published quality standards for diabetes in pregnancy, hypertension in pregnancy, venous thromboembolism in adults, antenatal and postnatal mental health, multiple pregnancy and induction of labour.
How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them
Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. Find out how to use quality standards and how we develop them. We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.