E. Marriage and fertility
Ask of all ever-married women. Ask questions person by person.
E5-E8. Children ever born
E5. Total children
Now, we want to ask about the children you have given birth to. What is the total number of children you had who were born alive?
Write in total (if none, write in "0"). Then, if has never had a live birth, go to E12.
NIU (not in universe)
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
E. Information on mother's fertility
Ask these questions to women who have ever been married, that is, currently married, widowed or divorced
This part of the questionnaire contains questions about marriage (how many times married), number of children, and some questions about family planning.
Page 11 [of the enumeration form.] Children ever born
Concept and definitions
Below is the schematic concerning pregnancy to be used to clarify what is meant by the first four questions (E5, E6, E7 and E8):
[A schematic illustrating questions E5, E6, E7 and E8 in the original document is not presented here]
Live birth means a birth that is accompanied by signs of life such as a baby's cry, baby's breathing, heartbeat and other signs of life even if only for a few seconds/moment. Sufficient attention must be given to this question, because often when a baby is born alive but only lives for a few seconds, minutes, hours or days, they are not mentioned by the respondent; it is as if the baby didn't exist or she forgot to mention the baby because he only lived a few moments. This kind of birth is important and must be included in the total number of live births (born alive and then died).
There are two possibilities for a live birth; that is, the child has died (by the time of the enumeration) or is still alive (at the time of the enumeration).
A child still alive is any child who was born alive and is still living (at the time of the enumeration) with his mother (lives in this household) or somewhere else (lives with a sibling, uncle, grandparent, attends school elsewhere or works elsewhere).
Do not ask about an interrupted pregnancy in this survey as no further information is needed at this time.
Column (2) Total number of children born
This is the total number of children that were born alive to the mother (exclude stillborn or miscarried babies).
As the question as follows:
"How many children did you give birth to that were born alive?"
Enter the number of children that were born alive according to the concept explained above.
This variable indicates the person's total number of live born children.