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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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Management of Women with Obesity in Pregnancy
This guideline provides recommendations for women with maternal obesity, covering interventions before conception and during and after pregnancy.
Published 19/03/2010
Maternity 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 maternity care.
Published 10/11/2016
Providing Equity of Critical and Maternity Care for the Critically Ill Pregnant or Recently Pregnant Woman
This document summarises the existing standards and recommendations relevant to the care of the pregnant or recently pregnant critically ill woman.
Published 31/07/2011
Providing Quality Care for Women: Obstetrics and Gynaecology Workforce
This report identifies workforce challenges in obstetrics and gynaecology and makes recommendations to ensure those working in the specialty are supported to deliver high-quality, safe care.
Published 10/11/2016
Safer Childbirth: Minimum Standards for the Organisation and Delivery of Care in Labour
This report sets out the essential minimum staffing standards required to support women in labour and provide safe care for them and their babies.
Published 01/10/2007
Termination of Pregnancy for Fetal Abnormality in England, Scotland and Wales
This report provides information to assist doctors and other health professionals to support women and their families when a fetal abnormality is diagnosed and to help women to decide, within the constraints of the law, whether or not to have the pregnancy terminated.
Published 25/06/2010
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
The Future Role of the Consultant
This report outlines how the service of the future can be provided and indicates the workforce and training that will be required to achieve this.
Published 01/12/2005
The Future Workforce in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
This report makes recommendations for the future workforce needs of the specialty of obstetrics and gynaecology in England and Wales.
Published 24/06/2009
Tomorrow’s Specialist
This report describes how future consultants will work in teams delivering high-quality women’s health care, and proposes innovative and rewarding ways of working.
Published 20/09/2012