Important Facts for Unintended Pregnancy
DefinitionUnintended 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.
NumeratorNumber of new mothers who had unintended pregnancies
DenominatorNumber of new mothers surveyed
Data Interpretation IssuesSince 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 ObjectivesHealthy North Carolina 2020