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Stillbirth (fetal death)

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
METeOR identifier:Help on this term482008
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 07/03/2014
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 20/12/2016
Indigenous, Endorsed 22/10/2018
ACT Health, Final 14/08/2018
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A fetal death prior to the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of conception of 20 or more completed weeks of gestation or of 400 grams or more birthweight.

The death is indicated by the fact that after such separation the fetus does not breathe or show any other evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles.

Context:Help on this termPerinatal statistics.

Collection and usage attributes

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Terminations of pregnancy performed at gestational ages of 20 or more weeks should be included in perinatal collections and should be recorded either as stillbirths or, in the unlikely event of showing evidence of life, as live births.

Fetus papyraceous and fetus compressus are products of conception recognisable as a deceased fetus. These fetal deaths are likely to have occurred before 20 weeks gestation but should be included as stillbirths in perinatal collections if they are recognisable as a fetus and have been expelled or extracted with other products of conception at 20 or more weeks gestational age.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termNational Perinatal Data Development Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Stillbirth (fetal death) Health, Superseded 07/03/2014

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Perinatal DSS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 04/09/2015

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Product of birth—birthweight, total grams N[NNN] Health, Standard 20/11/2019

Product of birth—birthweight, total grams N[NNN] Health, Superseded 20/11/2019

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