Maternity records

The PRSB is working with NHS Digital to develop a standard for maternity records, to ensure that key information about pregnancy can be shared digitally between GPs, hospitals, midwives and everyone else involved in maternity care.

Aim of the project

The goal of the standardised maternity record is to ensure that this information can be easily shared, ultimately delivering safer care for both women and their babies. The PRSB will be running workshops to gather feedback on the standardised headings in November and December. Following the workshops, there will be a survey consultation, before the standard for maternity records is published next spring.

The work follows on from the national maternity review, which recommended that NHS England and the National Information Board (NIB) should support the national roll out of digital, sharable maternity records for professional use, combined with support for a digital tool (or personal health record) for women as an urgent priority.


We are seeking the views of pregnant women and parents, health and care professionals, and information system suppliers on draft national standards for the antenatal period of the maternity record including booking and antenatal care. (There will be a second survey on the content recorded during the intrapartum and postnatal periods in due course.)

The draft standards have been developed following an evidence review and informed by a consultation workshop held at the Royal College of Physicians on 9 November 2017.

The survey will take 10-12 minutes to complete. The survey results will inform the final draft of the maternity record standard. The Professional Record Standards Body will seek endorsement of the final draft from its membership, which is made up of patient and carer, health and care professional and industry organisations.

The document containing the list of headings and definitions for the antenatal section of the maternity record can be found: (PDF file)

Consultation closes: noon, 15 January 2018

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Nicola Quinn, Project Manager,

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