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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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Becoming Tomorrow’s Specialist
This working party report makes recommendations for lifelong learning for specialists in women’s health.
Published 08/10/2014
Care Bundles: Safer Practice in Intrapartum Care Project
This report outlines the development and testing of care bundles for electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) and placenta praevia after previous lower segment caesarean section.
Published 02/07/2010
Exercise in Pregnancy (Statement No. 4)
This statement has now been archived.
Published 04/02/2015
Fetal Awareness: Review of Research and Recommendations for Practice
This working party report reviews the science and clinical practice relevant to the issue of fetal awareness.
Published 25/06/2010
Getting a Life: Work–Life Balance in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
This Working Party Report makes recommendations on how to address work–life balance in obstetrics and gynaecology in relation to recruitment and retention in the specialty.
Published 02/06/2011
Gynaecology Standards
This document sets out a framework for commissioners and service providers of high-level service standards that aim to improve outcomes and reduce variation in gynaecological care.
Published 10/11/2016
High Quality Women’s Health Care
This report looks at how NHS women’s health services could be configured to provide high-quality, safe and timely care.
Published 13/07/2011
Hospital Episode Statistics as a Source of Information on Safety and Quality in Gynaecology to Support Revalidation
This report assesses whether Hospital Episode Statistics could be used to evaluate gynaecologists’ practice as part of revalidation.
Published 24/05/2012
Management of Genital Herpes in Pregnancy
This guideline provides clinical guidance focusing on managing maternal infection to reduce the risk of transmission of herpes simplex virus (HSV) at birth.
Published 17/10/2014
Management of Unscheduled Bleeding in Women Using Hormonal Contraception
This guidance brings together evidence and expert opinion on the management of unscheduled bleeding (breakthrough bleeding, spotting, prolonged or frequent bleeding) in women using hormonal contraception.
Published 09/10/2009