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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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Air travel and pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice on travelling by air during pregnancy.
Published 06/02/2015
Alcohol and pregnancy
This patient information leaflet is for you if you want to know more about the effects of drinking alcohol during pregnancy or while planning to have a baby.
Published 12/01/2018
Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling
This patient information leaflet provides advice for pregnant women who are considering having chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis (an amnio).
Published 01/09/2011
Antenatal care for uncomplicated pregnancies
Guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Published 30/03/2010
Assisted vaginal birth (ventouse or forceps)
This patient information leaflet provides advice on vaginal birth assisted by ventouse or forceps.  
Published 16/05/2012
Being overweight in pregnancy and after birth
This information provides advice if you are overweight and are planning to become pregnant, expecting a baby or have recently given birth.
Published 22/11/2018
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

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