Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Birth plurality|
|Synonymous names:||Multiple birth|
The number of births resulting from a single pregnancy, as represented by a code.
Multiple pregnancy increases the risk of complications during pregnancy, labour and delivery and is associated with higher risk of perinatal morbidity and mortality.
|Data Element Concept:||Pregnancy—birth plurality|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||1|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
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Stillbirths, including those where the fetus was likely to have died before 20 weeks gestation (including fetus papyraceous and fetus compressus), should be included in the count of plurality if recognisable as a fetus and expelled or extracted with other products of conception at 20 or more weeks gestation.
Source and reference attributes
National Perinatal Data Development Committee
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes Birth event—birth plurality, code N
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