Identifying and definitional attributes
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A live birth is defined by the World Health Organization to be the complete expulsion or extraction from the mother of a baby, irrespective of the duration of the pregnancy, which, after such separation, breathes or shows any other evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of the voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached. Each product of such a birth is considered live born.
Source and reference attributes
National Perinatal Data Development Committee
National Perinatal Data Advisory Committee.
National Health Data Committee
World Health Organization 2004. International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision (ICD-10), 2nd edn. Geneva: World Health Organization.
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Supersedes Live birth
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Admitted subacute and non-acute hospital care NBEDS 2022–23
Female—parity, total pregnancies N[N]
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Product of birth—head circumference, total centimetres NN[N].N