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Indicator Report - Unintended Pregnancy

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.

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

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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 

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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.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of new mothers who had unintended pregnancies
Denominator: Number of new mothers surveyed

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