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.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards