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Patient information leaflets

Our patient information leaflets are designed for you and others involved in your care. All the information comes from up-to-date and carefully checked guidance for doctors, but it’s been written in a way that makes it clearer for non-medical people. Find out more about how we produce our patient information leaflets.

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Birth options after previous caesarean section
This patient information leaflet provides advice on your choices for birth after a previous caesarean delivery.
Published 22/07/2016
Bleeding and/or pain in early pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women on bleeding and/or pain in early pregnancy.
Published 21/09/2016
Blood transfusion, pregnancy and birth
This patient information tells you about having a blood transfusion when pregnant or shortly after you give birth.
Published 01/07/2015
Breech baby at the end of pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women on their choices for birth if their baby is in the breech position towards the end of pregnancy.
Published 25/07/2017
Cervical smears and pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women about cervical smear tests and results, and colposcopy, during pregnancy.
Published 24/12/2013
Cervical suture
This patient information leaflet is about cervical suture and will be helpful for women who have had late miscarriages or had a baby born prematurely.
Published 29/10/2014
Chickenpox and pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women who come into contact with, or develop, chickenpox or shingles during pregnancy.
Published 23/06/2015
Choosing to have a caesarean section
This information provides advice on a ‘planned’ or ‘elective’ caesarean section.
Published 17/07/2015
Chronic (long-term) pelvic pain
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women who have chronic (long-term) pelvic pain.
Published 24/07/2015
Cord blood banking
This RCOG patient information leaflet has now been archived. For up-to-date information on donating cord blood, please visit the NHS Cord Blood Bank website.
Published 01/08/2006

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