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Data for Unintended Pregnancies North Carolina, 2000-2011

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 

Other Views


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

Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 06/04/2013

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