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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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Chemical Exposures During Pregnancy (Scientific Impact Paper No. 37)
This paper provides advice on the sources and routes of chemical exposure during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, to allow women to minimise harm to their child.
Published 05/06/2013
Air Travel and Pregnancy (Scientific Impact Paper No. 1)
This paper provides guidance for obstetricians on how to advise women on whether it is suitable for them to fly during pregnancy.
Published 22/05/2013
Stem Cell Therapies in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Scientific Impact Paper No. 38)
This paper discusses the female genital tract and the fetus as sources and targets for molecular and regenerative medicine.
Published 22/05/2013
Feverish illness in children (NICE clinical guideline 160)
This guideline is designed to assist healthcare professionals in the initial assessment and immediate treatment of young children with fever presenting to primary or secondary care.
Published 01/05/2013
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
Enhanced Recovery in Gynaecology (Scientific Impact Paper No. 36)
This paper discusses enhanced recovery (also known as ‘fast track’, ‘rapid’ or ‘accelerated’ recovery) in gynaecology.
Published 08/02/2013
Preterm Labour, Antibiotics and Cerebral Palsy (Scientific Impact Paper No. 33)
This paper examines the evidence for giving antibiotics to women in preterm labour.
Published 08/02/2013
Induction of Labour at Term in Older Mothers (Scientific Impact Paper No. 34)
This paper discusses the induction of labour in women of advanced maternal age (40+ years) and the possible benefits of inducing at an earlier stage of gestation (39–40 weeks).
Published 01/02/2013
Fertility-sparing Treatments in Gynaecological Cancers (Scientific Impact Paper No. 35)
This paper discusses gynaecological cancers and the different fertility-sparing treatments available to women.
Published 01/02/2013
Assessment and treatment for people with fertility problems (NICE clinical guideline 156)
This guideline offers best practice advice on assisting people of reproductive age who have problems conceiving.
Published 01/02/2013