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Complete Indicator Profile of Unintended Pregnancy

Definition

Unintended pregnancy percentages are based on mother's self-reported responses to the question: "Thinking back to just before you got pregnant with your new baby, how did you feel about becoming pregnant?" Mothers who reported that they "wanted to be pregnant later" or that they "didn't want to be pregnant then or at any time in the future" were considered to have had unintended pregnancies.

Numerator

Number of new mothers who had unintended pregnancies

Denominator

Number of new mothers surveyed

Data Interpretation Issues

Since the estimates are based on a sample and not the entire population, the percentage of new mothers in the survey who had an unintended pregnancy may differ from the "true" prevalence of that characteristic in the North Carolina population simply by chance. We report confidence intervals which take this error into account and present a range in which the "true value" is likely to fall.

More information on how to interpret confidence intervals.

Why Is This Important?

"The term unintended pregnancy refers to a pregnancy that was mistimed or unwanted at the time of conception. Nearly half of all pregnancies in North Carolina are unintended, which is associated with delayed entry into prenatal care as well as low-birth-weight babies and poor maternal nutrition." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020

Available Services

Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services: A wide range of preventive care services, critical to women's reproductive and sexual health. This service is available to all women regardless of income on a sliding fee scale, through their local health department.
NC Medicaid Family Planning Waiver



Graphical Data Views

Unintended Pregnancies North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2007-2011

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Percentage of Mothers Lower Limit Upper Limit
North Carolina 2007 39.8% 36.9% 42.9%
North Carolina 2008 43.9% 41.0% 47.0%
North Carolina 2009 44.6% 41.3% 48.0%
North Carolina 2010 45.2% 41.6% 48.9%
North Carolina 2011 42.7% 39.1% 46.4%
HNC 2020 Target 2007 30.9%
HNC 2020 Target 2008 30.9%
HNC 2020 Target 2009 30.9%
HNC 2020 Target 2010 30.9%
HNC 2020 Target 2011 30.9%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (NC PRAMS). NC PRAMS is an annual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey that collects data on maternal attitudes and experiences prior to, during and immediately after pregnancy for a sample of North Carolina women who have recently given birth.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), State Center for Health Statistics 



Unintended Pregnancies North Carolina, 2000-2011

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North Carolina Year Percentage of Mothers Lower Limit Upper Limit
North Carolina 2000 45.3% 42.3% 48.4%
North Carolina 2001 42.6% 39.5% 45.8%
North Carolina 2002 40.6% 37.6% 43.7%
North Carolina 2003 42.2% 39.1% 45.5%
North Carolina 2004 44.0% 40.9% 47.1%
North Carolina 2005 44.4% 40.5% 48.3%
North Carolina 2006 47.6% 44.2% 51.1%
North Carolina 2007 39.8% 36.9% 42.9%
North Carolina 2008 43.9% 41.0% 47.0%
North Carolina 2009 44.6% 41.3% 48.0%
North Carolina 2010 45.2% 41.6% 48.9%
North Carolina 2011 42.7% 39.1% 46.4%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (NC PRAMS). NC PRAMS is an annual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey that collects data on maternal attitudes and experiences prior to, during and immediately after pregnancy for a sample of North Carolina women who have recently given birth. 

Data Sources

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), State Center for Health Statistics 



Unintended Pregnancies by Race/Ethnicity, 2011

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Race/Ethnicity Lower Limit Upper Limit
White Non-Hispanic 36.5% 31.9% 41.4%
Black Non-Hispanic 68.5% 60.9% 75.2%
Other Non-Hispanic 36.3% 22.7% 52.5%
Hispanic 31.8% 23.4% 41.5%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (NC PRAMS). NC PRAMS is an annual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey that collects data on maternal attitudes and experiences prior to, during and immediately after pregnancy for a sample of North Carolina women who have recently given birth. 



Unintended Pregnancies by Age, 2010

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Percentage of Mothers Lower Limit Upper Limit
<20 years 83.1% 71.9% 90.5%
20-24 years 58.3% 50.7% 65.4%
25-34 years 34.1% 29.5% 39.0%
35+ years 32.2% 24.1% 41.5%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (NC PRAMS). NC PRAMS is an annual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey that collects data on maternal attitudes and experiences prior to, during and immediately after pregnancy for a sample of North Carolina women who have recently given birth. 

Data Sources

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), State Center for Health Statistics 



Unintended Pregnancies by Education, 2010

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Educational Attainment Percentage of Mothers Lower Limit Upper Limit
< High School 56.4% 46.5% 65.3%
High School 57.7% 50.6% 64.4%
> High School 34.8% 30.4% 39.4%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (NC PRAMS). NC PRAMS is an annual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey that collects data on maternal attitudes and experiences prior to, during and immediately after pregnancy for a sample of North Carolina women who have recently given birth. 

Data Sources

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), State Center for Health Statistics 

Page Content Updated On 06/04/2013, Published on 06/04/2013
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