Scottish Woman Held Maternity Record (SWHMR)

Antenatal care is provided by health professionals throughout pregnancy in the form of a series of appointments to check the health of mother and baby and provide access to information about pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. The record of this care is known as the SWHMR or ‘maternity notes’.

These are held by the pregnant woman who brings them to each antenatal appointment and when labour begins. A national unified maternity record is a priority set by the Scottish Government and should be used by anyone involved in a woman’s care during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

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