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First ‘digital’ baby born at West Cumberland Hospital


The first baby born using entirely digital maternity notes in north Cumbria has been born at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven. The new digital system replaces the traditional paper-based system with notes being held digitally for staff and linking to a phone app so women no longer need to carry their notes to appointments.

The app which expectant and new mothers can use is called ‘Maternity Notes’. It helps women track their pregnancy journey and contains lots of information about the baby’s development as they move through their pregnancy, and up to six weeks post-birth. The new system is safer too, with women no longer needing to carry paper maternity notes.

Since going live on 1 April, 100% of women registering a new pregnancy have signed up to the app.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of only 14 Trusts across the country to implement electronic maternity notes.

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Source: Health Tech Digital, 2 September 2019

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