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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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Female Genital Mutilation and its Management (Green-top Guideline No. 53)
This guideline reviews the evidence on female genital mutilation (FGM) and provides guidance for clinicians involved in the care of women who have undergone FGM.
Published 10/07/2015
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
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
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
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