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Digital maternity specifications - developer guidance

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) has produced a standard for maternity care records, which will mean that information from a record can be understood by all IT systems in use across the country, enabling the seamless exchange of information regardless of local maternity system boundary.


Standardised records will save time for health and care professionals and pregnant women by ensuring they have the necessary information in the right place at the right time, to make decisions for safer care. It will also support mothers in managing their own maternity information, giving them more personalised and focussed appointments with healthcare professionals and helping midwives and clinicians to provide holistic care.

Developed and supported by midwives, clinicians and other professionals, the work was conducted in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Health Informatics Unit (HIU).

This initial implementation guidance covers the first phase of the project and its focus is to specify the structure of the Maternity Record using the various FHIR resources. Further phases will cover other elements such as how to locate and query the Maternity Record.

Experimental specification version

The table below contains the experimental version of the Digital Maternity specifications.

All versions are based on the FHIR® STU3 standard.

Status Release Version Release Date Details
Digital Maternity Specifications
experimental Digital-Maternity-1-0-0 18th April 2019 Current experimental version of the specification for Digital Maternity.


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Last edited: 20 August 2019 4:30 pm