About this guideline

How this guideline was developed

The Department of Health and NHS England asked the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to produce this guideline on safe midwife staffing in maternity settings (see the scope).

The recommendations are based on the best available evidence. They were developed by the Safe Staffing Advisory Committee – for membership see section 6.

The guideline was developed in line with the methods and processes contained in Developing NICE guidelines: the manual.

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ISBN: 978-1-4731-1021-2