Maternity related policy and standards: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/17/01943
Date received: 24 August 2017
Date responded: 6 October 2017

Information requested

You asked 'I was hoping you could give me all Scottish Government policy that is maternity related and standards that local NHS authorities must adhere too for expectant mothers and especially those that are already in labour'.

Then when asked for clarification around which Scottish government policy you were most interested in you stated 'Everything related just directly to pregnancy. I am just interested in clinical and medical standards and other standards the government may have put in place directly related to pregnancy.'


All of the information you have requested is available from the following list of links:

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy of any actual documents, we cannot send copies of whole websites.

There are other organisations that produce guidelines or standards that Health Boards in Scotland use, they may or may not include pregnancy. I have listed some of these organisations below. You can find some information on their websites below or you may need to ask the organisations specifically for the information.

  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland: Healthcare Improvement Scotland

  • Royal College Of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: RCOG

  • Royal College of Midwives: RMC

  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health: RCPCH

  • Royal College of General Practioners: RCGP

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE): NICE

  • The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN): SIGN

  • NHS Inform: NHS inform

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