The fertility preferences of spouses do not necessarily be the same,but discussion between couples creates scope for mutual-understanding between them.Knowing each other’s opinions facilitates decision-making on sensitive matters such as contraception use and desired family-size. This study used IHDS-II(2011–12) to understand the role of marital-arrangements,studied through the choosing of husbands,mutual-communication before marriage and duration of time spouses knew each other before marriage on the fertility-preferences of couples’ post-marriage.Preferences included contraception-use, deciding number of children and the gap between desired and actual number of offspring.Wives who knew their husbands or had communication with them before marriage had a greater chance of being involved in fertility decisions. However, most fertility decisions were found to be male-driven.Wives were less likely to have more children/sons/daughters than desired if they had some communication with their husbands pre-marriage.A better understanding of fertility-preferences between spouses might help to curb unwanted births through delaying or limiting births.
Presented in Session 209. Fertility Intentions and Dynamics in Marriages and Families