This guideline offers best practice advice on the care of women with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.
Treatment and care should take into account women's needs and preferences. Women with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy should have the opportunity to make informed decisions about their care and treatment, in partnership with their healthcare professionals. If women do not have the capacity to make decisions, healthcare professionals should follow the Department of Health's advice on consent and the code of practice that accompanies the Mental Capacity Act.
Good communication between healthcare professionals and women is essential. It should be supported by evidence-based written information tailored to women's needs. Treatment and care, and the information women are given about it, should be culturally appropriate. It should also be accessible to people with additional needs such as physical, sensory or learning disabilities, and to people who do not speak or read English.