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Product of birth—birth order, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termBirth order
METeOR identifier:Help on this term733265
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 03/12/2020
Definition:Help on this term

The sequential order of each baby of a multiple birth, as represented by a code.

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Multiple births have higher risks of perinatal mortality and morbidity. Multiple birth pregnancies are often associated with obstetric, labour and delivery complications, higher rates of neonatal morbidity, low birthweight, and a higher perinatal death rate.

Data Element Concept:Product of birth—birth order

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
1Singleton or first of a multiple birth
2Second of a multiple birth
3Third of a multiple birth
4Fourth of a multiple birth
5Fifth of a multiple birth
6Sixth of a multiple birth
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE 2     Second of a multiple birth

Stillborns are counted such that, if twins were born, the first stillborn and the second live born, the second twin would be recorded as Code 2 (Second of a multiple birth), and not Code 1 (Singleton or first of a multiple birth).

Collection methods:Help on this term

This data element should be collected routinely for all babies aged 28 days or less.

Comments:Help on this term

Required to analyse pregnancy outcome according to birth order and identify the individual baby resulting from a multiple birth pregnancy.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

National Perinatal Data Development Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Product of birth—birth order, code N Health, Superseded 03/12/2020, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 24/06/2020

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Perinatal NMDS 2021–22 Health, Standard 03/12/2020

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