About this information

NICE guidelines provide advice on the care and support that should be offered to people who use health and care services.

This information explains the advice about the care that women and their babies should receive in the first 6–8 weeks after birth (called the postnatal period). This information is set out in NICE guideline 37. The information about safe sleeping was updated in 2014 and now covers the first year of a baby's life. This information can be found in the safety section.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are a woman who has had a baby in the past 6–8 weeks. The information about safe sleeping applies to the first year of a baby's life.

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