## Ideal Number of Children

### Percent distribution by ideal number of children

#### Definition

Percentage of women and men who declare, that if they could go back to the time when they did not have any children and could choose exactly the number of children to have in their whole life, a specific number of children.

##### Coverage:

Population base: All women or men (IR file, MR file)

Time period: Current status at time of survey

Numerators: Number of women (or men) who state that their ideal number of children is 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or more, or give a non-numeric response (v613/mv613 = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-90, 96-99, respectively)

Denominator: All women age 15-49 or all men (age range varies by survey)

Variables: IR file, MR file.

 v613 Desire for more children (women) v005 Woman’s individual sample weight mv613 Desire for more children (men) mv005 Man’s individual sample weight

#### Calculation

Numerators are divided by the denominator and multiplied by 100.

#### Handling of Missing Values

Missing information on ideal number of children is considered as a non-numeric response and is included in that category of numerator and is in the denominator for all categories.

#### Notes and Considerations

The ideal number of children is defined as the number of children that a woman or man would have if they could go back to the time when they did not have any children and could choose exactly the number of children to have in their whole life. The ideal number of children reported has been shown to be affected by the actual number of living children and so the ideal number of children is typically presented by number of living children.  The number of living children presented in DHS tables also includes any current pregnancy in the count of living children.

#### Resources

DHS-7 Tabulation plan: Table 6.3

API Indicator IDs:

Women:

PR_IDLC_W_ID0, PR_IDLC_W_ID1, PR_IDLC_W_ID2, PR_IDLC_W_ID3, PR_IDLC_W_ID4, PR_IDLC_W_ID5, PR_IDLC_W_ID6, PR_IDLC_W_IDN

Men:

PR_IDLC_M_ID0, PR_IDLC_M_ID1, PR_IDLC_M_ID2, PR_IDLC_M_ID3, PR_IDLC_M_ID4, PR_IDLC_M_ID5, PR_IDLC_M_ID6, PR_IDLC_M_IDN

### Mean ideal number of children

#### Definition

Mean ideal number of children for all women and men or for currently married or in union women or men.

##### Coverage:

Population base: All women (or men) or currently married or in union women (or men) (IR file,

MR file)

Time period: Current status at time of survey

Numerator: Sum of the ideal number of children for all women (v613) or men (mv613), or for currently married or in union women (v502 = 1) or men (mv502 = 1) excluding non-numeric responses to the ideal number of children (women: v613 <= 90; men: mv613 <= 90).  For men, this indicator may be restricted to men age 15-49 (mv012 in 15:49)

Denominator: All women or men, currently married or in union women (v502 = 1) or men (mv502 = 1). For men, this indicator may be restricted to men age 15-49 (mv012 in 15:49)

Variables: IR file, MR file.

 v613 Ideal number of children (women) v005 Woman’s individual sample weight mv613 Ideal number of children (men) mv005 Man’s individual sample weight mv012 Age in 5-year groups (men)

#### Calculation

Numerator is divided by the denominator.

#### Handling of Missing Values

Missing information on ideal number of children is excluded from both the numerator and denominator.

#### Notes and Considerations

The ideal number of children is defined as the number of children that a woman or man would have if they could go back to the time when they did not have any children and could choose exactly the number of children to have in their whole life. The ideal number of children reported has been shown to be affected by the actual number of living children and so the ideal number of children is typically presented by number of living children.  The number of living children presented in DHS tables also includes any current pregnancy in the count of living children.

#### Resources

DHS-7 Tabulation plan: Tables 6.3, 6.4 and 15.15

API Indicator IDs:

Women:

PR_IDLC_W_MNA, PR_MIDL_W_MNA, PR_IDLC_W_MNM

Men:

PR_IDLC_M_MNA, PR_IDLC_M_MNM, PR_IDLC_M_M5A