2 Notes on the scope of the guidance
NICE guidelines are developed in accordance with a scope that defines what the guideline will and will not cover. The scope of this guideline is available.
This guideline covers women who present with hypertensive disorders for the first time during pregnancy; women who have pre-existing hypertension and are planning pregnancy or are pregnant; and women who are pregnant and at increased risk of developing hypertensive disorders during pregnancy. It also covers the fetus until birth.
It does not cover women with hypertension and diabetes or babies of women who have had hypertensive disorders during pregnancy.
How this guideline was developed
NICE commissioned the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health to develop this guideline. The Centre established a guideline development group (see appendix A), which reviewed the evidence and developed the recommendations. An independent guideline review panel oversaw the development of the guideline (see appendix B).
There is more information about how NICE clinical guidelines are developed on the NICE website. A booklet, 'How NICE clinical guidelines are developed: an overview for stakeholders, the public and the NHS' is available.