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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.

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We also publish a range of patient information leaflets.

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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
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain (Scientific Impact Paper No. 30)
This paper considers the evidence surrounding the use of complementary and alternative medicine (focusing on acupuncture and herbal medicine) as a treatment for chronic pelvic pain.
Published 20/03/2012
Antepartum Haemorrhage (Green-top Guideline No. 63)
This guideline provides advice for clinicians working in obstetric units on how to deal with antepartum haemorrhage.
Published 05/12/2011
Ovarian Masses in Premenopausal Women, Management of Suspected (Green-top Guideline No. 62)
This guideline aims to assist clinicians with the initial assessment and appropriate management of suspected ovarian masses in premenopausal women.
Published 02/12/2011
The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion (Evidence-based Clinical Guideline No. 7)
This documents provides guidance and recommendations for healthcare professionals who provide care for women considering abortion.
Published 23/11/2011
Caesarean section (NICE clinical guideline 132)
This guideline has been developed to help ensure consistent quality care for women who have had a caesarean section (CS) in the past and are now pregnant again or have a clinical indication for a CS or are considering a CS when there is no other indication.
Published 01/11/2011
Life Course Approach to Women’s Health Care, Why Should we Consider a (Scientific Impact Paper No. 27)
This Scientific Impact Paper has been archived.
Published 14/10/2011
Magnesium Sulphate to Prevent Cerebral Palsy following Preterm Birth (Scientific Impact Paper No. 29)
This paper discusses the use of magnesium sulphate in the prevention of cerebral palsy resulting from preterm birth.
Published 28/09/2011
Evidence Can Influence Clinical Practice, How (Scientific Impact Paper No. 28)
This Scientific Impact Paper has been archived.
Published 28/09/2011
Keeping newborn babies with a family history of MCADD safe in the first hours and days of life (Safety Alert No. 2)
Information from the RCOG’s Safety and Quality Committee.
Published 09/09/2011