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BIRTHEVENT
Number of birth events
Group: Fertility

This is a 2-digit variable that represents a number of times given birth, except for the following codes:

95 = No consent given (female questionnaire)
96 = No consent given (household questionnaire)
97 = Don't know
98 = No response
99 = NIU (not in universe)

Description

BIRTHEVENT reports the total number of times the respondent has given live birth. It does not include births of stillborn children.

The question associated with this variable was included in the female questionnaire.

Users may also be interested in CHEB, which reports the woman's response to the question "How many sons and daughters have you given birth to who were born alive?". The key distinction between BIRTHEVENT and CHEB is that multiple children could be born during one birth event.

Comparability — Index

GENERAL
Ethiopia
Kenya

Comparability

There is slight variation in question wording. Most commonly, the female questionnaire asked "How many times have you given birth?" Additionally, many surveys include a follow-up question asking if all of these births were live births, and interviewers are instructed to correct the woman's response such that only live birth events are reported.

There is slight variation in universe. For female questionnaires, the universe is “Women aged 15-49.” For female client exit interview questionnaires, the universe is “Women aged 15-49 who received family planning information or a method at today’s visit.”

Comparability — Ethiopia [top]

The Round 1 survey does not include the follow-up question about live births.

The 2019 Cross-sectional survey specifies that it is asking about live births.

Comparability — Kenya [top]

The Round 1 survey asks "How many times have you given live birth?"

Comparability with IPUMS-DHS

BIRTHEVENT in IPUMS-PMA is similar to the variable CHEB in IPUMS-DHS. The IPUMS-DHS variable is constructed from a series of questions about the number of children to whom the woman gave birth who are at home, away from home, and who have died. The IPUMS-PMA variable is based on just one question; see the Survey Text and Universe Tab of the IPUMS-DHS variable for more information.

Universe

  • Burkina Faso 2014 Round 1 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Burkina Faso 2015 Round 2 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Burkina Faso 2016 Round 3 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Burkina Faso 2017 Round 5 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Burkina Faso 2018 Round 6 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Burkina Faso 2020 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Congo Democratic Republic (Kinshasa) 2013 Round 1 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Congo Democratic Republic (Kinshasa) 2014 Round 2 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Congo Democratic Republic (Kinshasa) 2015 Round 3 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Congo Democratic Republic (Kinshasa) 2015 Round 4 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Congo Democratic Republic (Kongo Central) 2015 Round 4 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Congo Democratic Republic (Kinshasa) 2016 Round 5 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Congo Democratic Republic (Kongo Central) 2016 Round 5 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Congo Democratic Republic (Kinshasa) 2017 Round 6 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Congo Democratic Republic (Kongo Central) 2017 Round 6 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Congo Democratic Republic (Kinshasa) 2018 Round 7 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Congo Democratic Republic (Kongo Central) 2018 Round 7 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Congo Democratic Republic (Kinshasa) 2019 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Congo Democratic Republic (Kongo Central) 2019 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Cote D'Ivoire 2017 Round 1 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Cote D'Ivoire 2018 Round 2 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Ethiopia 2014 Round 1 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Ethiopia 2014 Round 2 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Ethiopia 2015 Round 3 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Ethiopia 2016 Round 4 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Ethiopia 2017 Round 5 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Ethiopia 2018 Round 6 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Ethiopia 2019 PMAET Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Ghana 2013 Round 1 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Ghana 2014 Round 2 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Ghana 2014 Round 3 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Ghana 2015 Round 4 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Ghana 2017 Round 6 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • India 2016 (Rajasthan) Round 1 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • India 2017 (Rajasthan) Round 2 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • India 2017 (Rajasthan) Round 3 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • India 2018 (Rajasthan) Round 4 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Indonesia 2015 Round 1 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Kenya 2014 Round 1 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Kenya 2014 Round 2 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Kenya 2015 Round 3 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Kenya 2015 Round 4 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Kenya 2017 Round 6 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Kenya 2018 Round 7 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Kenya 2019 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Niger 2015 (Niamey) Round 1 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Niger 2016 Round 2 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Niger 2018 Round 5 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2014 (Kaduna) Round 1 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2014 (Lagos) Round 1 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2015 (Kaduna) Round 2 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2015 (Lagos) Round 2 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2016 Round 3 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2017 Round 4 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2017 (Oyo) Round 1 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2018 Round 5 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2019 (Kano) Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2019 (Lagos) Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Uganda 2014 Round 1 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Uganda 2015 Round 2 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Uganda 2015 Round 3 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Uganda 2016 Round 4 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Uganda 2017 Round 5 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Uganda 2018 Round 6 Female and Household: Women aged 15-49.
  • Uganda 2019 Female and Household (R6 Follow up): Women aged 15-49.

Availability

  • Burkina Faso: 2014-2018, 2020
  • Congo (Democratic Republic): 2013-2020
  • Cote d'Ivoire: 2017-2018
  • Ethiopia: 2014-2019
  • Ghana: 2013-2015, 2017
  • India: 2016-2018, 2020
  • Indonesia: 2015
  • Kenya: 2014-2015, 2017-2019
  • Niger: 2015-2016, 2018
  • Nigeria: 2014-2019
  • Uganda: 2014-2020