Postnatal care Quality standard [QS37] has been updated.
This quality standard covers routine postnatal care for women and their babies (and their partners and families, if appropriate). It includes feeding support, advice on safe sleeping, and recognising and managing health problems in women and their babies. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.
NICE has also published a quality standard on antenatal and postnatal mental health.
In April 2021, changes were made to reflect the updated NICE guideline on postnatal care. Statements 1, 10 and 11 were removed because they are no longer in line with the NICE guideline. Statements 2, 3, 4 and 9 were amended to better reflect the updated guideline.
Quality statement 1: Continuity of care
Quality statement 2: Maternal health – potentially serious conditions
Quality statement 3: Infant health – serious illness
Quality statement 4: Infant health – bed sharing
Quality statement 5: Breastfeeding
Quality statement 6: Formula feeding
Quality statement 7: Infant health – physical examination
Quality statement 8: Maternal health – weight management
Quality statement 9: Emotional wellbeing and bonding with the baby
Quality statement 10: Maternal health – mental wellbeing
Quality statement 11: Parent–baby attachment.