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Guidelines

The RCOG produces guidelines as an aid to good clinical practice. Our guidelines present recognised methods and techniques for clinical practice, based on published evidence, for consideration by obstetricians/gynaecologists and other relevant health professionals. Find out more about the different types of guideline we publish.

All guidelines on this website are current and remain so until replaced. Find out how to access previous versions of guidelines.

You can browse all of our guidelines below, or search for guidelines by type, by subject or by keyword.

We also publish a range of patient information leaflets.

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Chickenpox in Pregnancy (Green-top Guideline No. 13)
This guideline assesses the evidence regarding the maternal and fetal risks of varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection in pregnancy and whether these complications can be prevented or modified by the administration of varicella zoster immune globulin (VZIG) or by treatment with aciclovir.
Published 21/01/2015
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Long-term Consequences (Green-top Guideline No. 33)
This guideline provides information based on clinical evidence about the long-term health consequences of PCOS.
Published 05/11/2014
Umbilical Cord Prolapse (Green-top Guideline No. 50)
This guideline provides evidence-based advice on the prevention, diagnosis and management of umbilical cord prolapse.
Published 05/11/2014
Red Cell Antibodies during Pregnancy, The Management of Women with (Green-top Guideline No. 65)
This guideline aims to assist clinicians with the initial assessment and appropriate management of pregnant women with red blood cell antibodies.
Published 28/05/2014
Thalassaemia in Pregnancy, Management of Beta (Green-top 66)
This guideline provides evidence-based guidance on the management of women with beta (β) thalassaemia major and intermedia in pregnancy.
Published 27/03/2014
Small-for-Gestational-Age Fetus, Investigation and Management (Green-top Guideline No. 31)
This guideline reviews the risk factors for a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) fetus and provides recommendations regarding screening, diagnosis and management, including fetal monitoring and delivery.
Published 22/03/2013
Chronic Pelvic Pain, Initial Management (Green-top Guideline No. 41)
This guideline provides an evidence-based summary for the generalist to facilitate appropriate investigation and management of women presenting for the first time with chronic pelvic pain.
Published 23/05/2012
Sepsis in Pregnancy, Bacterial (Green-top Guideline No. 64a)
This guideline covers the recognition and management of serious bacterial illness in the antenatal and intrapartum periods and its management in secondary care.
Published 25/04/2012
Sepsis following Pregnancy, Bacterial (Green-top Guideline No. 64b)
This guideline provides guidance in the management of sepsis in the puerperium (sepsis developing after birth until 6 weeks postnatally).
Published 25/04/2012
Shoulder Dystocia (Green-top Guideline No. 42)
This guideline reviews the evidence regarding the possible prediction, prevention and management of shoulder dystocia.
Published 28/03/2012