The German maternity record (Mutterpass) is an important document that will accompany you until the birth of your child and beyond. You will receive it from your gynaecologist or your midwife as soon as your pregnancy has been safely established. Your maternity record lists the check-ups and screenings that are specified in the German maternity guidelines (Mutterschaftsrichtlinien) and are paid for by statutory health insurance. The results of all check-ups are entered in your maternity record. These data provide information that is important for birth and postpartum care. This documentation is also helpful in the event of another pregnancy. The information recorded in your maternity record is very important in case of medical emergencies during pregnancy. That's why you should always have your maternity record with you!

The calculated due date (which in many instances is still corrected during the course of pregnancy) is entered in the maternity record, along with factors indicating a high-risk pregnancy. These include your blood type and Rh factor, the iron content in your blood, and information about hereditary and infectious diseases. The fetus is also closely observed. Its size, weight and location in your abdomen will be documented. After delivery, your maternity record will be updated for up to eight weeks by your medical care providers. Postpartum entries include a postpartum report, the results of the postpartum check-up, and information about any particularities of your child.

The course of pregnancy is mainly divided into trimesters or weeks of pregnancy. However, doctors and midwives have another way of counting so that they can tell exactly where you are in your pregnancy. This is important for accurately timing medical check-ups or treatments. This is also why you will find this method of counting on pages 10 and 11 of your maternity record (Mutterpass). This specifies when ultrasound examinations should take place. When counting, the completed week of pregnancy is always indicated plus the number of days in the newly started week. So, if it says 8+0 SSW to 11+6 SSW, it means that the examination should take place between the 9th week of pregnancy and the 6th day of the 11th week of pregnancy. Your medical care providers can also write details in your maternity record to note their treatments and consultations.

Maternity record (Mutterpass) page 1: Dates for your check-ups and the reference to your gynaecologist or midwife

Maternity record (Mutterpass) pages 2 and 3: Your data, blood tests and screenings for infection

Maternity record (Mutterpass) page 4: Previous pregnancies and pregnancy counselling

Maternity record (Mutterpass) page 5: General patient history and initial findings

Maternity record (Mutterpass) page 6: Special findings of pregnancy and due date

Maternity Record (Mutterpass) Pages 7 and 8: The course of pregnancy as gravidogram

Maternity record (Mutterpass) page 9: Inpatient treatments during pregnancy, cardiotographic findings and risk catalogue

Maternity record (Mutterpass) pages 10 - 14: Ultrasound examinations

Maternity record (Mutterpass) page 13: Standard curves

Maternity record (Mutterpass) pages 15 and 16: Final check-up, delivery and early postpartum period