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.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We checked this quality standard in 2016 and it is still up to date.

Next review: August 2017

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards