Quality standard

This quality standard covers routine postnatal care for women and their babies (and their partners and families, if appropriate). This includes feeding support, advice on safe sleeping, and recognising and managing health problems in women and their babies. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

NICE has also published a quality standard on antenatal and postnatal mental health.

In April 2021, changes were made to reflect the updated NICE guideline on postnatal care. Statements 1, 10 and 11 were removed because they are no longer in line with the NICE guideline. Statements 2, 3, 4 and 9 were amended to better reflect the updated guideline.

How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them

Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. They apply in England and Wales (see the UK government website and Welsh government website). Decisions on how they apply in Scotland and Northern Ireland are made by ministers in the Scottish government and Northern Ireland Executive. 

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.