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Pregnancy and complex social factors (NICE clinical guideline 110)

Published: 01/09/2010

This guideline was produced by the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health (NCC-WCH) on behalf of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

This guideline describes how access to care can be improved, how contact with antenatal carers can be maintained, the additional support and consultations that are required and the additional information that should be offered to pregnant women with complex social factors.

Examples of complex social factors include:

  • Substance misuse
  • Recent arrival as a migrant
  • Asylum seeker or refugee status
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding English
  • Age under 20
  • Domestic abuse
  • Poverty
  • Homelessness