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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.

You can browse all of our patient information leaflets below, see all our guidelines on a particular topic (see ‘filter by subject’) or search for a specific word or phrase.

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Gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD)
This patient information leaflet provides advice on gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD), a group of conditions that may occur when a pregnancy doesn’t develop properly.
Published 22/12/2011
Group B streptococcus (GBS) infection in newborn babies
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant about group B streptococcus (GBS) infection in newborn babies. 
Published 28/06/2013
Having a small baby
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women who want to know more about having a small baby.
Published 24/10/2014
Healthy eating and vitamin supplements in pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women who want to know more about eating healthily in pregnancy. It also gives advice on using vitamin supplements before and during pregnancy.
Published 24/10/2014
Heavy bleeding after birth (postpartum haemorrhage)
This information is for you if you want to know more about heavy bleeding after the birth of your baby. It may also be helpful if you are a partner, relative or friend of someone who is or who has been in this situation.
Published 16/12/2016
HIV and pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women who have been diagnosed with HIV and are pregnant or planning to have a baby. 
Published 24/12/2013
Induction of labour: information for the public
Guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Published 04/10/2012
Information about abortion care
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women who are considering having an abortion. 
Published 28/02/2012
Laparoscopic hysterectomy
This information is for you if you are about to have, or you are recovering from, a laparoscopic hysterectomy – an operation to remove your uterus (womb) by keyhole surgery.
Published 22/10/2015
Laparoscopy
This information is for you if you are about to have, or have had, a diagnostic laparoscopy and/or an operative laparoscopy where simple or intermediate procedures are performed.
Published 22/10/2015

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