Children ever born of female

Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on October 23, 2009.


Children ever born refers to the number of children born alive to the person up to a specified reference date. It includes children who have died since birth. It does not include stillborns, abortions or children adopted by the person. "Children ever born" may also be referred to as lifetime fertility.

Female refers to a person whose sex is female.


'Children ever born' is published for females aged 15 or over.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

This standard conforms to the recommendations for censuses contained in the United Nations' Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 2, 2008. According to the Principles, "number of children born alive", also called "lifetime fertility", should include all children born alive (that is, excluding foetal deaths) during the lifetime of the woman up to the census date. "It should include all live-born children, whether born in or out of marriage, whether born in the present or a prior marriage, or in a de facto union, or whether living or dead at the time of the census." Furthermore, this information should be collected "for all women 15 years of age and over, regardless of marital status". This standard has the scope of inclusion recommended in the Principles.


Relation to previous version

  • Children ever born of female October 23, 2009 to current

    This standard is compatible with the previous standard. Additional detail has been added to the definition and the format has been changed.

  • Number of children ever born July 15, 1998 to October 23, 2009
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