Birth event—birth presentation, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Presentation at birth
METeOR identifier:695418
Registration status:Health, Standard 12/12/2018

The presenting part of the fetus at birth, as represented by a code.



Presentation types other than vertex are associated with higher rates of caesarean section, instrumental delivery, perinatal mortality and neonatal morbidity.

Data Element Concept:Birth event—birth presentation

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:
8 Other
Supplementary values:
9Not stated/inadequately described

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:National Perinatal Data Development Committee

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

CODE 8   Other

Includes compound presentations (where an extremity prolapses simultaneously alongside the presenting part) and all other malpresentations, for example, cord, shoulder or hand.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

National Perinatal Data Development Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Birth event—birth presentation, code N Health, Superseded 12/12/2018, ACT Health, Final 14/08/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

Perinatal NMDS 2019–20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Perinatal NMDS 2020–21 Health, Standard 20/11/2019

DSS specific attributes +