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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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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
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This RCOG patient information leaflet has now been archived.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
Corticosteroids in pregnancy to reduce complications from being born prematurely
This patient information leaflet provides advice on corticosteroids in pregnancy to reduce complications from being born prematurely. 
Published 28/02/2012
Diagnosis and treatment of venous thrombosis in pregnancy and after birth
This patient information leaflet provides information on symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism in women who are pregnant or who have just given birth.
Published 06/08/2015
Early miscarriage
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women on miscarriage within the first three months of pregnancy.
Published 21/09/2016
Ectopic pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice on ectopic pregnancy.
Published 04/11/2016
Epilepsy in pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women on epilepsy in pregnancy.
Published 20/06/2016
Female genital mutilation (FGM)
This information is for you if you or anyone you know has undergone female genital mutilation or is at risk of having FGM.
Published 25/07/2017

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