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Optimising maternity services in coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Maternal medicine/pregnant women with additional co-morbidities

  • Guidance for maternal medicine in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Version 2.5: published Wednesday 9 December 2020.

The RCOG guidance on self-monitoring of blood pressure in pregnancy has also been updated and can now be found as an appendix within the above document.

Antenatal and postnatal care

  • Read our guidance for antenatal and postnatal services in the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
  • Read our guidance for antenatal screening and ultrasound in pregnancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: Version 1.2: published 9 December 2020

Fetal medicine

  • Guidance for fetal medicine units (FMUs) in the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
  • NHS England’s guidance on fetal growth surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic

Postnatal contraception

  • Read the RCOG, RCM and Faculty for Sexual and Reproductive Health’s guidance on the provision of postnatal contraception: Version 1: published 3 February 2021

Research studies in the UK

A number of nationally prioritised UK research studies relevant to COVID-19 are recruiting pregnant and recently postpartum women:


  • The RCOG framework for testing and triaging of women seeking maternity care in hospital settings has been archived. Updated guidance to support the provision of maternity care has been published in England by NHS England and NICE, and in Scotland by the Scottish Government.

Reintroduction of visitors to maternity settings

  • The RCOG welcomes published advice in ScotlandEnglandWales and Northern Ireland to help services with re-introducing visitors to maternity services including antenatal and postnatal appointments, and pregnancy scans.

Re-deployment of maternity services

Occupational health advice for employers and pregnant women