Information for the public
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 preterm labour and birth that is set out in NICE guideline NG25.
The advice covers both unplanned and planned preterm labour and birth – that is, before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy. It is for women having one baby and doesn't cover women having twins or other multiple births.
NICE has written other guidelines about pregnancy (antenatal care), labour and birth (intrapartum care), care after the birth (postnatal care) and having twins or triplets – see other NICE guidance for details.
This guideline focuses on how care is different if a woman is at risk of, or is in, preterm labour.