Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)

Maintained/created by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Geographic unit of data: U.S. national, U.S. state

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Users can view reports and fact sheets on topics related to pregnancy and childbirth.

The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (commonly known as PRAMS) is a joint effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments. Data is collected on maternal attitudes, behaviors and experiences before, during and immediately after pregnancy. PRAMS collects state-specific information and allows for comparisons across states on a number of maternal and child health indicators. These health indicators include, but are not limited to: unintended pregnancy, breastfeeding, postpartum depression, prenatal care, and birth weight.

Database Capabilities
From the website, users can access the PRAMS full surveillance reports, fact sheets and reports on specific topics. Users who are interested in the full data set must submit a proposal; information on how to do so is clearly available on the site. Users can also access CPONDER, which is CDC’s PRAMS Online Data for Epidemiological Research to gather data from the PRAMs surveys.

Data Notes
PRAMS is currently conducted in 31 states and 1 city. Participants are women who have recently had a live birth, and each state typically samples between 1,300 and 3,400 women per year. The survey began in 1987 and is conducted annually. Surveillance reports are available for 1995-2000,2002. The most recent full year of available data is 2007 with some data available from 2008. The site does not specify when the next report or the most current data will become available.