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 pre-pregnancy advice for women with pre-existing hypertension, as well as the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care of women at risk of or with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

In this quality standard, quality statement 2 updates and replaces quality statement 7: Risk assessment – pre-eclampsia in antenatal care (NICE quality standard 22).