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.
For women who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey and who received a health check after delivering their child, DELPPCHKBTIM_ALL (M51_x) reports the timing of their postpartum health check in hours, days or weeks.
DELPPCHKBTIM_ALL consists of a set of six separate variables, covering the most recent birth (DELPPCHKBTIM_01) up to the sixth-most-recent birth (i.e., DELPPCHKBTIM_02, DELPPCHKBTIM_03, DELPPCHKBTIM_04, DELPPCHKBTIM_05, and DELPPCHKBTIM_06) during the reference period prior to the survey. If DELPPCHKBTIM_ALL is included in a data extract, all these separate variables are included in a researcher's data file.
For surveys including this question, information for this variable was collected on all births, up to a maximum of six, in the reference period. In many cases, data were hypothetically collected on up to six births, but no women in the survey had so many births (e.g., no woman had 4 or more births in 3 years, or had 5 or 6 births in 5 years). If, for example, no woman in a survey had 6 births in five years and only blank values were included in the original DHS file, then DELPPCHKBTIM_06 would not be available for that survey in IPUMS-DHS.
As specified in the Comparability section, most surveys collected this information for the most recent birth only (DELPPCHKBTIM_01).
The related variable DELPPCHKB_ALL (M50_x) indicates whether the woman received a postpartum health check.