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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 042579
Metadata Item Type
Data Element
Data Element Type
Data Element
Approval Status
Approval Type
Approving Authority
Director, Statistical Collections and Integration, Statistical Services Branch
Effective From
Effective To
The duration of the second stage of labour, in minutes.
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)
Short Name
Length of second stage of labour
Name in Other Contexts
Representational Attributes
Numeric character
Representation Class
Quantitative Value
Minimum Character Length
Maximum Character Length
Permissible Values
Range 00001-99997
Supplementary Values
99998Not measured
99999Not stated/unknown
Collection and Usage Attributes
Guide for Use
The second stage of labour begins when the cervix is fully dilated (10cms) and is complete with the birth of the baby.
Verification Rules
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC):
Must be in the range 00000-99999.
Must not be blank if Birth event-labour onset type is 1 (Spontaneous), 2 (Induced) or 9 (Not stated/unknown).
Must be null if Birth event-labour onset type is 3 (No labour (caesarean section)).
May be blank.
Collection Methods
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC):

For paper based forms:
Where the labour is interrupted (e.g. by caesarean section) and therefore either stage 1 and/or stage 2 are interrupted, complete as follows:
If stage 1 is complete and stage 2 is interrupted then report total length of stage 1 in hours and minutes and enter 'not completed' for stage 2.
If neither stage is compete then indicate by writing 'not completed' in both sections of the field.

Please note that if quantitative measurement has not been performed then clinical judgement based on subjective observation is appropriate (i.e. vaginal examination to confirm dilation is not mandatory). Use of other clinical observations used to manage labour are appropriate indications of stages of labour.

Where length of stages is unot known record 'unknown'.

For hospitals submitting electronically:
Transmit as a five character string zero filled from the left, using the supplementary values as necessary.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References
Has been superseded by Birth event-length of second stage of labour, total minutes QH 042579 Version 2
Is qualified by Birth event-labour onset type QH 040045 Version 3
Relates to Birth event QH 041670 Version 1
Relates to Birth event-length of first stage of labour QH 042578 Version 1
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Set TypeNameAscendingIdentifier & VersionObligationEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)QH 020003 Version 1Conditional01-Jul-198730-Jun-2019
Data Supply RequirementHHS Service AgreementQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC) Baby Data Supply Requirement (DSR) 2016-2017QH 020355 Version 1Conditional01-Jul-201630-Jun-2017
Data Supply RequirementHHS Service AgreementQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC) Baby Data Supply Requirement (DSR) 2017-2018QH 020358 Version 1Conditional01-Jul-201730-Jun-2018
Data Supply RequirementHHS Service AgreementQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC) Baby Data Supply Requirement (DSR) 2018-2019QH 020449 Version 1Conditional01-Jul-201830-Jun-2019
Data Quality Declaration
Source and Reference Attributes
Source Organisation
Source Document