NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers the care of women who go into labour at term (37+0 weeks to 41+6 weeks) and their babies during labour and immediately after the birth. It covers both women who go into labour at low risk of intrapartum complications and women who go on to develop complications.

For more information see the intrapartum care topic overview.