Scottish Woman Held Maternity Record
The following records are used in partnership
with women and families to support the maternity services they
Completing the record
Maternity teams should encourage women to use the record to
write questions or information relevant to her care wherever
possible. The record will be completed by the midwife but it is
essential that the SWHMR is completed with women. The record can
only be successful if the midwife obtains an accurate record of
both medical and social history for the woman.
Sections to be completed by women are easily
identified by the presence of this symbol
Previous research programmes have found that
women do not perceive this record as their own and therefore staff
providing care should encourage this partnership approach.
Whilst the SWHMR is a woman hand held record it remains part of
the medical documentation detailing the plans for care and actual
care received by the maternity team.
Published Date: 23 November 2011