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Intrapartum care: care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth

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Last updated:13th Dec 2022
Intrapartum care for healthy women and babies - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

This guideline covers the care of healthy women and their babies, during labour and immediately after the birth. It focuses on women who give birth between 37 and 42 weeks of pregnancy (‘term’). The guideline helps women to make an informed choice about where to have their baby. It also aims to reduce variation in aspects of care.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has produced guidance on COVID-19 and intrapartum care for all midwifery and obstetric services.

In December 2022, we withdrew the recommendations on monitoring during labour because they have been replaced by the NICE guideline on fetal monitoring in labour.

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