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The number of babies resulting from a single pregnancy, 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 plurality code N ".
Data Type Number
Format N
Maximum character length 1
Value Meaning Start Date End Date
Permissible Values 1 Singleton
2 Twins
3 Triplets
4 Quadruplets
5 Quintuplets
6 Sextuplets
8 Other
Supplementary Values 9 Not stated


Guide for use:
Plurality at birth is determined by the total number of live births and stillbirths that result from the pregnancy. Stillbirths, including those where the fetus was likely to have died before 20 weeks gestation, should be included in the count of plurality. To be included, they should be recognisable as a fetus and have been expelled or extracted with other products of conception when pregnancy ended at 20 or more weeks gestation.


Related content

Relation Count
Use within a Question 0
As a numerator in an Indicator 1
As a denominator in an Indicator 0
As a disaggregation in an Indicator 0