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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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Advice on Returning to Clinical Practice after a Period of Absence (Good Practice No. 1)
This document has been archived. Please refer to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Return to Practice Guidance.
Published 13/05/2010
Cardiac Disease and Pregnancy (Good Practice No. 13)
This guidance provides a summary of current expert opinion on cardiac disease in pregnancy.
Published 22/06/2011
Classification of Urgency of Caesarean Section – a Continuum of Risk (Good Practice No. 11)
This guidance proposes a standard classification of urgency of caesarean section and formalises the concept of a continuum of risk.
Published 20/04/2010
Disposal following Pregnancy Loss before 24 Weeks of Gestation (Good Practice No. 5)
This document has been archived. Please see the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) guidance on the disposal of pregnancy remains following pregnancy loss or termination.
Published 01/01/2005
Gynaecology: Emergency Services Standards of Practice and Service Organisation (Good Practice No. 9)
This guidance sets out the principles for service organisation and delivery of emergency gynaecology.
Published 15/06/2009
Improving Patient Handover (Good Practice No. 12)
This guidance shares good practice on effective handover of teams.
Published 29/12/2010
Labour Ward Solutions (Good Practice No. 10)
This document provides guidance for those responsible for implementing the expansion of consultant presence on the labour ward.
Published 26/01/2010
Management of Women with Mental Health Issues during Pregnancy and the Postnatal Period (Good Practice No. 14)
This document provides guidance on the diagnosis and management of postnatal depression.
Published 09/06/2011
Maternity Dashboard: Clinical Performance and Governance Score Card (Good Practice No. 7)
This document urges all maternity units to use the Maternity Dashboard to plan and improve their maternity services.
Published 01/01/2008
Minimum Standards in Respect of Elective Work Performed during a Consultant’s Absence (Good Practice No. 3)
This guidance addresses the issue of accountability when a specialist registrar is undertaking elective work when the consultant nominally responsible is absent.
Published 01/09/2004