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Table 4 Reasons for stop or spacing childbearing, according to fertility desire

From: Childbearing desires and behaviour: a prospective assessment in Nairobi slums

  Want no more Undecided Want another, timing unspecified Want in 5+ years Want in 2–4 years Want in < 2 years After marriage Missing Total Number of mothers
Financial 30.7 24.6 14.3 12.9 3.8 8.3 11.1 0.0 17.1 778
Related to number or age of existing children* 45.5 47.6 49.0 75.0 90.5 70.8 5.5 0.0 65.2 140
Own health 3.8 2.4 6.1 2.8 2.4 12.5 0.0 0.0 3.1 2967
Infrequent/no sex 1.8 1.6 2.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 8.3 0.0 1.2 53
Other 3.0 6.4 2.0 4.4 1.0 0.0 59.6 0.0 4.5 204
Missing 15.3 17.4 26.5 4.4 1.8 8.3 15.6 100.0 8.9 403
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 4545
  1. *This category includes responses too many or enough children for limiters, “baby too young” and similar response for spacers
  2. Note: 32 women who wanting a child soon were excluded