Letters Response

Mark Baker replies to Daghni Rajasingam and Kate Harding

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4838 (Published 30 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4838
  1. Mark Baker, director1
  1. 1NICE Centre for Clinical Practice, London SW1A 2BU, UK
  1. laura.gibson{at}nice.org.uk

Daghni Rajasingam and Kate Harding made several errors in their editorial on the draft guideline on intrapartum care recently released for consultation by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).1

The draft update of NICE’s intrapartum care guidance, which is still being developed, deals with the care of women who start normal labour without complications. It is not about “obstetric practice” as such. NICE will be developing a separate guideline for pregnant women at high risk of complications during birth who need to deliver in hospital.

The advisory Guideline Development Group (GDG) charged with updating the 2007 NICE guidance on intrapartum care is composed of relevant experts. These include three midwives, two …

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