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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040752 v5
Data Element
Data Element
Information Management Strategic Governance Committee (IMSGC), Queensland Health
The actual place where the birth occurred.
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)
Actual place of birth
Representational Attributes
Permissible Values


1Hospital, excluding birth centre
2Birth centre, attached to hospital
3Birth centre, free standing
5Born before arrival
7Community, non-medical (free birth)
Supplementary Values


9Not stated/unknown
Collection and Usage Attributes
This is to be recorded for each baby the mother delivers from this pregnancy.

Code 4 Home
Should be reserved for those births that occur at the home intended (planned home births).

Code 5 Born before arrival
Used for births that occur before arrival at hospital or birth centre for planned hospital or birth centre births, or before the arrival of the homebirth midwife for planned home births,

Code 7 Community, non-medical (free birth)
Used for births that occur in the community, that are planned outside of a medical setting and without a midwife or other medical professional in attendance, for example, free births.

Code 8 Other
Record for births that occur at a home other than that intended or at a community health centre. This excludes planned hospital, birth centre or home births.
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC):
Must not be blank.
Validated against list of actual place of birth codes.
For national reporting of the Birth event-actual setting of birth (NHDD) data element, this data element is mapped as follows:
Code 1 Hospital, excluding birth centre is mapped to code 1 Hospital, excluding birth centre.
Code 2 Birth centre, attached to hospital is mapped to code Birth Centre, attached to hospital.
Code 3 Birth centre, free standing is mapped to code 3 Birth Centre, free standing.
Code 4 Home is mapped to code 4 Home.
Code 5 Born before arrival is mapped to code 5 born before arrival.
Code 7 Community, non-medical (free birth) is mapped to code 6 Community, non-medical.
Code 8 Other is mapped to code 8 Other.
Code 9 Not stated/unknown is mapped to code 9 Not stated/inadequately described.
Used to analyse the risk factors and outcomes by place of birth. While most deliveries occur within hospitals, an increasing number of births now occur in other settings. It is important to monitor the births occurring outside hospitals and to ascertain whether or not the actual place of delivery was planned.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
SupersedesData ElementData ElementBirth event-actual place of birthQH 040752 Version 4Superseded
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptBirth eventQH 041670 Version 2Draft
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifer & VersionObligationApproval StatusEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)QH 020003 Version 2MandatoryCurrent01-Jul-2021
Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
METeOR data element: Birth event-actual setting of birth, code N, Identifier 732336, Health standard 03/12/2020 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/732336/meteorItemView/long