The method by which the process of labour began, or delivery by caesarian section occurred.
|1||Spontaneous; the onset of regular contractions whether or not preceded by spontaneous rupture of the membranes|
|2||Any caesarean section carried out before the onset of labour or a planned elective caesarean section carried out immediately following the onset of labour, when the decision was made before labour|
|3||Surgical induction; by amniotomy|
|4||Medical induction; including administration of agents either orally, intravenously or intravaginally with the intention of initiating labour|
|5||Combination of surgical induction and medical induction|
Note: 1 is not to be recorded if a planned elective caesarean section is carried out, see 2. If an unplanned caesarean section is performed after labour has started code 1, 3, 4, & 5 is to be used as applicable. If the methods at 3, 4, or 5 have been used to accelerate rather than induce labour, they should not be recorded under these codes.
This attribute is also known by these names:
|plural||LABOUR OR DELIVERY ONSET METHODS|