Antepartum Profiles

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The Antepartum Profiles is a supplement that contains a family of profiles that represents the critical information needed by the clinician caring for a patient's pregnancy. The profiles within the antepartum summary are Medical Summaries and inherits all header constraints from Medical Summaries.

The Antepartum Profiles includes the following documents:

1. Antepartum History & Physical - The initial assessment and physical

2. Antepartum Laboratory - Laboratory Evaluations

3. Antepartum Education - Education Record

Additional commonly used forms not included in this profile are:

4. A patient generated obstetric medical history

5. A postpartum form


The Antepartum Profiles may live within a larger folder structure that contains documents related to Antepartum care.

The Antepartum Summary (APS) Profile contains the most critical information needed for obstetrical care, including ongoing Medical Diagnoses, the Estimated Due Date, outcomes of any prior pregnancies, serial visit data on the appropriate growth of the uterus and assessments of fetal well being, authorizations, laboratory and imaging studies. This data must all be presented and evaluated upon entry to the Labor and Delivery Suite to ensure optimal care for the patient and the fetus.

The APR Summary Profile solves the problem of transferring antepartum information between an obstetrician and the clinicians in the Labor & Delivery suite.


  • Leverage Clinical Documents ontology
    • A common mechanism for transfer of encoded clinical data embedded in documents
  • Ameliorates risk in obstetric care by ensuring that the latest information is available to clinicians during a women’s Labor and Delivery event


  • Automates the creation of the manual Forms C&F typically used in the transfer of care of a pregnant woman
  • Specifies the content to be extracted from an EMR system used in an obstetrician’s office, how it is to be codified and organized for packing in an electronic “envelop”
  • Specifies the meta-data to be used for identifying the APS document in the XDS Registry

Systems Affected

EMR Systems in Obstetrician’s Offices Hospital Information System modules used in the Labor & Delivery suite


There are two actors in the Antepartum Profiles, the Content Creator and the Content Consumer. The sharing or transmission of content from one actor to the other is addressed by the appropriate use of IHE profiles described in the section on Content Bindings with XDS, XDM and XDR and is out of scope of this profile. A Document Source or a Portable Media Creator may embody the Content Creator Actor. A Document Consumer, a Document Recipient or a Portable Media Importer may embody the APR Content Consumer Actor.


See Also

Profile Status: Trial Implementation

The Patient Care Coordination Framework is the official master document for this Profile.

The Medical Summaries FAQ answers typical questions about what the Profile does.

The Medical Summaries Purchasing describes considerations when purchasing equipment to deploy this Profile.

The Medical Summaries Implementation provides additional information about implementing this Profile in software.

This page is based on the Profile Template‏‎