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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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Postpartum Family Planning (Best Practice Paper No. 1)
This Best Practice Paper sets out the essential elements of a high-quality postpartum family planning (PPFP) service.
Published 24/06/2015
Comprehensive Abortion Care (Best Practice Paper No. 2)
This Best Practice Paper sets out the essential elements of a high-quality abortion care service including comprehensive post-abortion care and contraception.
Published 24/06/2015
Third- and Fourth-degree Perineal Tears, Management (Green-top Guideline No. 29)
This guideline provides evidence-based guidance on the diagnosis, management and treatment of third- and fourth-degree perineal tears (obstetric anal sphincter injuries, referred to as OASIS). 
Published 12/06/2015
Bronchiolitis in children (NICE clinical guideline 9)
This guideline offers evidence-based advice on the diagnosis and management of bronchiolitis in children.
Published 31/05/2015
Blood Transfusions in Obstetrics (Green-top Guideline No. 47)
This guideline offers guidance about the appropriate use of blood products that neither compromises the affected woman nor exposes her to unnecessary risk. Strategies to maximise the haemoglobin (Hb) level at delivery as well as to minimise blood loss are also discussed.
Published 29/05/2015
Developing New Pharmaceutical Treatments for Obstetric Conditions (Scientific Impact Paper No. 50)
This paper discusses the challenges in developing therapeutics in obstetrics and identifying best practice.
Published 13/05/2015
Thrombosis and Embolism during Pregnancy and the Puerperium: Acute Management (Green-top Guideline No. 37b)
This guideline provides advice on the immediate investigation and management of women in whom venous thromboembolism (VTE) is suspected during pregnancy and the puerperium.
Published 13/04/2015
Thrombosis and Embolism during Pregnancy and the Puerperium, Reducing the Risk (Green-top Guideline No. 37a)
This guideline provides advice on the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) during pregnancy and birth and following delivery.
Published 13/04/2015
Ultrasound from Conception to 10+0 Weeks of Gestation (Scientific Impact Paper No. 49)
This paper addresses the issues of ultrasound in the embryonic period. It will consider both medical and non-medical use of the commonly used ultrasound modes in the embryonic stage of human development (up to 10 weeks of gestation). 
Published 13/03/2015
Development of RCOG Green-top Guidelines (Clinical Governance Advice No. 1)
This document outlines the policies and procedures used in the production of Green-top Guidelines.
Published 01/03/2015