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Birth status

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Baby characteristics

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Definitions:
METeOR: The status of the baby at birth (live birth, stillbirth (fetal death)).
S/T Perinatal Data Collection: QLD: Born Alive: The complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of conception, irrespective of the duration of 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 voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached. Stillbirth: 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 foetus 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. Macerated: Softening and breaking down of skin caused by prolonged exposure to amniotic fluid in a deceased foetus. VIC: Condition of the baby at birth. Includes Liveborn, Stillborn (occurring before labour), Stillborn (occurring during labour).
Description:
WA PDC: Status includes: Liveborn, stillborn (unspecified), antepartum stillborn, intrapartum stillborn. NT: Status of the baby immediately after birth. VIC RCA live birth, stillbirth, termination less than 20 weeks and termination greater than 20 weeks. WA: RCA Livebirth, stillbirth and other with free text to specify.

Additional information

For NSW and SA a "live birth" is assumed if the discharge or separation status is "discharged" or "transferred", not "stillbirth". This is not collected as an initial birth assessment. NT also collect if the baby birth status is unknown (electronic and online). QLD MR63D form has additional data item to indicate whether a stillborn was macerated or not (not recorded electronically or stored in the PDC).

Related items

Mode of separation of baby (discharged, transferred or died)

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