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A live birth is defined by the World Health Organization to be the complete expulsion or extraction from the mother of a baby, irrespective of the duration of the 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 the voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached. Each product of such a birth is considered live born.


Perinatal Source document: International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision, Vol 1, World Health Organization, 1992.


National Health Data Committee


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