This quality standard defines clinical best practice within this topic area. It provides specific, concise quality statements, measures and audience descriptors to provide the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers with definitions of high-quality care.

This quality standard covers the antenatal care of all pregnant women up to 42 weeks of pregnancy, in all settings that provide routine antenatal care, including primary, community and hospital-based care. The quality standard addresses routine antenatal care, including screening tests for complications of pregnancy, but it does not address the additional care needed to manage these complications if they arise in pregnancy (for example, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and venous thromboembolism).

This quality standard was previously called the quality standard for antenatal care.

April 2016: The source recommendations and definitions for statement 6 on risk assessment – gestational diabetes have been updated to reflect changes to the NICE guideline on antenatal care in March 2016.