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 June 2015, changes were made quality statement 4 on safer infant sleeping to reflect new recommendations in the updated NICE guideline on postnatal care.

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.