Postnatal care up to 8 weeks after birth

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

A clear summary of NICE guidance on the routine postnatal care of women and their babies, including giving information and advice to women postnatally.

Key priorities for implementation

  • A documented, individualised postnatal care plan should be developed with the woman ideally in the antenatal period or as soon as possible after birth. This should include:
    • relevant factors from the antenatal, intrapartum and immediate postnatal period
    • details of the healthcare professionals involved in her care and that of her baby, including roles and contact details
    • plans for the postnatal period

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