Product of birth—birth order, code N
Identifying and definitional attributes
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The sequential order of each baby of a multiple birth, as represented by a code.
Multiple births have higher risks of perinatal mortality and morbidity. Multiple birth pregnancies are often associated with obstetric, labour and delivery complications, higher rates of neonatal morbidity, low birthweight, and a higher perinatal death rate.
|Data Element Concept:||Product of birth—birth order|
Value domain attributes
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Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
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CODE 2 Second of a multiple birth
Stillborns are counted such that, if twins were born, the first stillborn and the second live born, the second twin would be recorded as Code 2 (Second of a multiple birth), and not Code 1 (Singleton or first of a multiple birth).
This data element should be collected routinely for all babies aged 28 days or less.
Required to analyse pregnancy outcome according to birth order and identify the individual baby resulting from a multiple birth pregnancy.
Source and reference attributes
National Perinatal Data Development Committee
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Supersedes Birth—birth order, code N
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