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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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Shoulder dystocia
This patient information leaflet provides advice about shoulder dystocia for women who are pregnant or whose baby’s birth was complicated by shoulder dystocia.
Published 28/03/2013
Smoking and pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides information about the effects of smoking during pregnancy and support available to help you to stop.
Published 07/12/2015
Turning a breech baby in the womb
Information about turning a breech baby is now available in leaflet Breech baby at the end of pregnancy.
Published 01/02/2008
Umbilical cord prolapse in late pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women about umbilical cord prolapse which can happen in late pregnancy.
Published 03/07/2015
Understanding how risk is discussed in healthcare
This patient information leaflet provides advice on understanding how your doctor and other healthcare professionals will discuss risk with you. 
Published 04/08/2015
When your baby dies before birth
This patient information leaflet explains the care women will receive if their baby dies before birth.
Published 02/07/2012
When your waters break prematurely
This information is for you if you think that, or have been told that, your waters have broken early but you have not gone into labour. It may also be helpful if you are a partner, friend or relative of someone who is in this situation.
Published 18/06/2019
Why your weight matters during pregnancy and after birth
This RCOG patient information leaflet has now been archived.
Published 30/11/2011
Your baby’s movements in pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women about how their baby should feel and move during pregnancy.
Published 13/08/2012
Premature labour
This patient information leaflet has now been archived. For up-to-date information please see the NICE clinical guideline: Preterm labour and birth (CG25)
Published 29/10/2014

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