This quality standard covers care for pregnant women who may be at risk of, or have symptoms and signs of, starting labour and giving birth early (preterm). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover care for women who are pregnant with twins or triplets, which is included in NICE’s quality standard for multiple pregnancy: twin and triplet pregnancies.

In August 2019, this quality standard was updated to reflect changes to the guidance on prophylactic vaginal progesterone and prophylactic cervical cerclage. For more information see update information.

How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them

Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. Find out how to use quality standards and how we develop them. We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.