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The data show that almost nine in ten births in the five years preceding the survey (86 percent) were wanted at the time, 12 percent were mistimed, and only 1 percent were unwanted. The proportion of births wanted at the time of conception decreases slightly with increasing birth order and mother’s age, while the proportion of unwanted births increases with increasing birth order and mother’s age. Among women age 45-49, 19 percent of births in the five years before the survey were unwanted.
Percent distribution of births to women age 15-49 in the five years preceding the survey (including current pregnancies), by planning status of the birth, according to birth order.