Digital Maternity Record Standard

The  Digital Maternity Record Standard  V2.0 has been published to reflect improvements being made to maternity and perinatal care in line with the priorities outlined in NHS England’s three year delivery plan for maternity and neonatal services. 

About this standard

The primary goal of the standard is to improve safety and effectiveness in maternity care by making sure health and care records are shareable across different IT systems and healthcare providers. The standard covers antenatal to postnatal care, ensuring its adaptability for future digital updates.

Implementing the standard offers several benefits;

  • Improves safety by providing accurate and accessible patient records, reducing errors in care.
  • Improves risk management and information accessibility throughout pregnancy
  • Saves clinical time, reducing duplication of data entry and enabling interoperability among healthcare providers.

In scope (V2.0)

  • Personalised care and support plan for maternity 
  • Informed consent tool (including decision support tools with patient information aids) 
  • Equality & Diversity maternity policy 
  • Midwifery continuity of carer 
  • Maternal medicine 
  • Fetal medicine 
  • Perinatal pelvic floor health 
  • Smoking cessation 
  • MEWS / NEWTT-2 
  • Postnatal GP 
  • Perinatal mental health 

Current release

Current release
Date: March 2024
Version: 2.0

  • Excel file
  • Json file

Supporting documentation

  • Release notes
  • New call-to-action
  • Final report
  • Survey report
  • Business rules
  • Clinical safety case report
  • Hazard log
  • Provenance Data Standard
    Provenance data for this standard is now shown in a separate information model which is explained and available on this webpage.

Further resources

  • Standards explained
    PRSB’s guide to standards which sets out the purpose and benefits of using standards and how to support frontline professionals to adopt them.
  • IHRIM record correction guidance
    Despite vigilance when filing information in records, mistakes can occur. The Institute of Health Records and Information Management has guidance to support professionals in making corrections following errors.


The standard is in the process of receiving endorsement. A full list of endorsers will be published soon.