What is PRAMS?
PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk
Assessment Monitoring System) is a joint research project
between the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC). Its purpose is to find out why some babies are
born healthy and others are not. To do this, new mothers are asked about their
behaviors and experiences around the time of their pregnancy. Getting
information from mothers will help the Bureau of Family Health learn more about
ways to improve the health of future mothers and babies in Pennsylvania.
into a cooperative agreement with the CDC in April 2006 and began conducting
surveys in June 2007.
Currently, 39 states and
New York City participate in PRAMS.
How are women chosen to
participate in PRAMS?
Names are picked by
chance, like in a lottery, from the state birth certificate registry. Only
about 1,700 women are chosen each year to help the Bureau of Family Health in
this study. Surveys are sent out on a monthly basis. If you receive a PRAMS
survey in the mail, please fill out the survey and return it in the postage
How will the PRAMS
information be used?
PRAMS data will be used
to assess perinatal health, pregnancy programs, and aid in the development of
new programs designed to improve the outcomes of high-risk pregnancies. All
answers given on the questionnaires will be grouped together to give us
information on Pennsylvania’s mothers and babies. All answers are kept private
and no reports can be traced backed to the specific mothers who responded to
For more PRAMS
Phone Numbers to Call
- 1-800-986-BABY for information on finding a doctor, getting healthcare coverage,
immunizations, tests for baby, breastfeeding.
- 1-877-724-3258 for information on
a variety of adult, child and newborn health issues.
- 1-800-QUIT-NOW for information on
smoking cessation services available to Pennsylvania residents.
- 1-800-WIC-WINS to obtain
supplemental foods, nutrition education and breast feeding information.
- 1-800-986-4550 for information on
services available for children with special needs.
- 1-800-4-A-CHILD 24-hour crisis
hotline to offer support, information and referrals on coping with a
crying baby and preventing child abuse.