3 Other information

3.1 Scope and how this guideline was developed

The scope for the 2006 guideline covers the recommendations labelled [2006]. The recommendations labelled [new 2014] were developed after reviewing new evidence on co‑sleeping and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The guideline has been developed with the following aims:

  • to advise on appropriate objectives, purpose, content and timing of postnatal contact and care for the woman and her baby

  • to advise on best practices and competencies for assessment of postnatal health and management of postnatal problems in the woman and/or her infant

  • to advise on information, education and support required during the postnatal period

  • to advise on postnatal care

  • to consider good practice in communication between healthcare providers and women.

It is outside the remit of the guideline to advise on the management of complications arising in the woman or her baby before, during or after the birth, existing pregnancy and/or non‑pregnancy‑related acute or chronic diseases or conditions, or any aspect of antepartum or intrapartum care, including procedures immediately following the birth. The guideline offers recommendations on the essential core postnatal care that all women and their babies should be offered. It does not offer information on the additional care that a woman or her baby may require, although aspects of the guideline may continue to be relevant to either the woman or her baby, or both. Referral to the guideline may also be appropriate in particular circumstances where elements of core postnatal care may be required, for example women who have had a caesarean section or infants who require special care.

How this guideline was developed

The 2006 guideline was developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care which is based at the Royal College of General Practitioners. The Collaborating Centre worked with a Guideline Development Group, comprising healthcare professionals (including consultants, GPs and nurses), patients and carers, and technical staff, which reviewed the evidence and drafted the recommendations. The recommendations were finalised after public consultation.

NICE's Clinical Guidelines Update Programme updated the recommendations on co‑sleeping and SIDS in 2014. The Programme worked with a Standing Committee of healthcare professionals, methodologists and lay members from a range of disciplines and localities.

See the methods and processes for developing NICE clinical guidelines.

3.2 Related NICE guidance

Details are correct at the time of publication of the guideline (December 2014).

Further information is available on the NICE website.