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Hospital nights for birth for mother

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For sample persons under age 18 who were born in a hospital or birthing center 1988, and, in 1981, sample persons under age 18 who were born in the hospital and whose biological parent is the respondent, HNITEBORNMOM reports how many nights the person's biological mother was in the hospital/birthing center during the stay for the person's birth.

This variable is part of the 1981 and 1988 Child Health Supplement. Please use the IPUMS NHIS drop-down menus and search function to find other variables related to this supplement.


The 1981 and 1988 Child Health Supplement collected information about children 17 years of age and younger on a wide range of topics, including: family structure, child care, breastfeeding, development, medications, birth and prenatal events, hospitalizations and surgery, chronic conditions, weight, school, behavior problems, social issues, and sleep habits. All questions were asked of the adult best able to provide accurate information about the child. The preferred respondents for this supplement, in order of priority, are: biological mother, biological father, an adoptive, step, or foster parent, a legal guardian, a primary caretaker, or another adult.


There are no comparability issues with this variable.


  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18, with biological parent as respondent, and who were born in the hospital.
  • 1988: Sample persons under age 18 who were born in hospital or birthing center.


  • 1981, 1988