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The first weight of the live-born or stillborn baby obtained after birth, or the weight of the neonate or infant on the date admitted if this is different from the date of birth, as represented by a code.


Data Element (this item)


This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " Birth weight code N ".
Data Type Number
Format N
Maximum character length 1
Value Meaning Start Date End Date
Permissible Values 1 Low birth weight (less than 2,500 grams)
2 Normal birth weight (2,500 grams to less than 4,500 grams)
3 High birth weight (4,500 grams and over)
Supplementary Values 8 Unknown birth weight


Guide for use:

For live births, birthweight should preferably be measured within the first hour of life before significant postnatal weight loss has occurred.

In perinatal collections the birthweight is to be provided for liveborn and stillborn babies.


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Input in Derivations 0
Output in Derivations 0
Inclusion in Data Set Specifications 2
Inclusion in Data Distributions 0
As a numerator in an Indicator 5
As a denominator in an Indicator 3
As a disaggregation in an Indicator 0