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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 from NICE about how women and babies should receive the care they need from midwives, at all times of the day and night, every day of the week (NICE guideline 4). The information covers all midwives providing NHS care to women and babies including those in clinics and maternity units and those visiting women's homes. It covers midwives working with:
women planning to get pregnant
women during pregnancy and labour
women and their babies after birth.
It doesn't cover doctors, maternity support workers and other staff who work with midwives to look after women and babies.