Further explanation of the methodology used can be found in the quality standards process guide.
The documents below contain recommendations from NICE guidance or other NICE‑accredited recommendations that were used by the Quality Standards Advisory Committee to develop the quality standard statements and measures.
It is important that the quality standard is considered alongside current policy documents, including:
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (2014) National neonatal audit programme annual report 2013
National Audit Office (2013) Maternity services in England
Royal College of Anaesthetists (2012) Raising the standard: a compendium of audit recipes (section 8: obstetrics)
Healthcare Commission (2008) Towards better births: a review of maternity services in England
National Audit Office (2007) Caring for vulnerable babies: the reorganisation of neonatal services in England
Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (2006–2012) Child death review, maternal deaths and perinatal mortality