This document provides a good practice framework for all healthcare professionals working with babies. It aims to provide guidance on communication, information sharing and explanation of foreseeable risks. However, in doing so it recognises the limited evidence base that exists to guide the recommendations. Consent for neonatal care involves providing clear information and building trust between healthcare professionals and parents. This framework is intended for professionals that look after babies in all locations (labour ward, postnatal ward, transitional care units, special care units, local neonatal units and neonatal intensive care units) and for all levels of care.
Consultation has now ended on this document and a final version is being prepared for publication.