NICE recommends more flexible antenatal services to reduce poor outcomes

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 22 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5220
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Antenatal services need to be more flexible in their care to meet the needs of women with complex social problems during pregnancy and to reduce the higher risk of death in these women and their babies, says new guidance.

    Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and executive lead for the new guideline, said, “Expectant mothers need support throughout their pregnancy, but some groups of women do not access, or maintain contact with, traditional antenatal services because of issues such as domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, or not having English as a first language.”

    She warned: “These factors are consistently associated with a lack of antenatal care …

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