Female—number of previous pregnancies (live birth), total NN

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Previous pregnancies—live birth
METeOR identifier:269931
Registration status:Health, Standard 01/03/2005
Definition:

The total number of previous pregnancies of a female resulting in live birth.

Data Element Concept:Female—number of previous pregnancies

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Total
Data type:Number
Format:N[N]
Maximum character length:2
Supplementary values:
ValueMeaning
99Not stated
Unit of measure:Pregnancy

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

A pregnancy resulting in multiple births should be counted as once pregnancy.

In multiple pregnancies with more than one type of outcome, the pregnancies should be recorded in the following order:

  • all live births
  • stillbirth
  • spontaneous abortion
  • induced abortion
  • ectopic pregnancy

Where the outcome was one stillbirth and one live birth, count as stillbirth.

If a previous pregnancy was a hydatidiform mole, code as spontaneous or induced abortion (or rarely, ectopic pregnancy), depending on the outcome.

Comments:

The number of previous pregnancies is an important component of the woman's reproductive history. Parity may be a risk factor for adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

National Perinatal Data Development Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Previous pregnancies, version 1, DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (15.1 KB)