This quality standard covers care for healthy women and their babies during pregnancy (up to 42 weeks). It covers routine antenatal care in primary, community and hospital settings. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It includes checking for complications, but does not cover additional care for women with complications of pregnancy (for example, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and venous thromboembolism).

NICE has also published quality standards for diabetes in pregnancy, hypertension in pregnancy, venous thromboembolism in adults, antenatal and postnatal mental health, multiple pregnancy and induction of labour.

In April 2016, changes were made to the definitions for statement 6 on risk assessment – gestational diabetes to reflect changes to NICE’s guideline on antenatal care for uncomplicated pregnancies.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We checked this quality standard in 2016 and it is still up to date.

Next review: August 2017

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards