NICE clinical guidelines
Issued: July 2006
CG37

Postnatal care: Routine postnatal care of women and their babies

This is an extract from the guidance. The complete guidance is available at guidance.nice.org.uk/cg37

Introduction

This guideline aims to identify the essential core (routine) care that every woman and her baby should receive in the first 6–8 weeks after birth, based on the best evidence available.

Although for most women and babies the postnatal period is uncomplicated, care during this period needs to address any deviation from expected recovery after birth. This guideline gives advice on when additional care may be needed and these recommendations have been given a status level (indicating the degree of urgency needed in dealing with the problem (see table 1).

Table 1 Status levels

Status

Classification

Emergency

Life-threatening or potential life-threatening situation

Urgent

Potentially serious situation, which needs appropriate action

Non-urgent

Continue to monitor and assess