Stover, J., et al., Changes in the distribution of high-risk births associated with changes in contraceptive prevalence, BMC Public Health, 2013 13 Suppl 3: p. S5
Background: Several birth characteristics are associated with high mortality risk: very young or old mothers, short birth intervals and high birth order. One justification for family planning programs is the health benefits associated with better spacing and timing of births. This study examines the extent to which the prevalence of these risk factors changes as a country transitions from high to low fertility. The results of the analyses presented here are used in FamPlan and LiST to estimate the changing proportion of births in birth risk categories (defined by mothers age, parity and birth spacing) with changes in contraceptive prevalence and total fertility.