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Reason for best interval between births: Health of mother

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IDEALBTHHLTHMA indicates whether, in response to an open-ended question, the respondent reported she believes that protecting the mother's health should determine the ideal interval between births. The related variable IDEALBTHINT (V615) reports what the woman considers the best number of months or years between births.


IDEALBTHHLTHMA has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

IDEALBTHHLTHMA is a country-specific variable, and it is not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.


  • Burundi 1987: Currently-married women age 15-49 who reported an ideal interval between births.
  • Burundi: 1987-W, 1987-C, 1987-B