The standardised maternity notes have been developed by a multi-disciplinary team at the Perinatal Institute, following a comprehensive consultation process with mothers, midwives and other care providers working in many parts of the UK. The Notes aim to improve quality and safety of maternity care and to replace the heterogeneity of locally developed maternity records, which increase complexity of care across provider boundaries, and for doctors and midwives moving between different units.
The Notes are updated regularly according to national guidelines to represent the latest recommendations for best practice. They also allow consistent recording of information required for the new maternity payment system and the national maternity dataset.
Uptake has been increasing steadily across the NHS and currently already over 60% of pregnancies in England are being managed with the Pregnancy Notes.
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