Clinical Practice Guidelines

IMPORTANT NOTE: Effective January 3, 2017, full access to JOGC content, including Clinical Practice Guidelines, Committee Opinions, Technical Updates, and all articles is a benefit of SOGC membership. 

As part of our commitment to quality, open access to Abstracts, Recommendations, and Summary Statements will continue for all users.

The SOGC's Clinical Practice Guidelines are the standard for obstetric and gynaecological care in Canada, and are based on the leading scientific evidence and latest knowledge available in the area. Clinical practice guidelines are published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada.

As a member of the SOGC, you have unlimited access to every JOGC article and guideline.

To access the JOGC, please follow these instructions:
1. Log in to the SOGC site with your regular SOGC member details:
2. Once logged in, please click on "Resources and Publications" in the left menu and scroll down to the JOGC link.

This should take you directly to the JOGC website ( where you will be recognized as an SOGC member and you will have access to all content. 

Please note:

If you do not have your SOGC member details, you may use the link "I forgot username/password" at the bottom of the members' login page:

You cannot log in directly from You must go through the SOGC website to access content.

If you are still having problems, please send a screenshot of the error to Josephine Sciortino at so that she can investigate and find a solution for you.

Are you having trouble locating a specific guideline? Please email

We are working through indexing and adding older guidelines (pre-2002) to this page. Thank you for your patience.

Current < 5 years or has been reaffirmed for continued use until further notice
Current > 5 years: is being reviewed to determine if it requires updating - use this version with discretion, as it is possible that some information may be out-of-date
> 5 years: has recently been reviewed and an updated version will be soon be published - use this version with discretion as some information has been deemed to be outdated
 x deemed to have dated information, and therefore should not be consulted for clinical use but rather for historical research only