What is PRAMS?

PRAMS, the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, is a surveillance project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments. Developed in 1987, PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. PRAMS surveillance currently covers about 83% of all U.S. births.

PRAMS provides data not available from other sources. These data can be used to identify groups of women and infants at high risk for health problems, to monitor changes in health status, and to measure progress towards goals in improving the health of mothers and infants. PRAMS data are used by researchers to investigate emerging issues in the field of reproductive health and by state and local governments to plan and review programs and policies aimed at reducing health problems among mothers and babies.

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PRAMS Releases 2017 Data

PRAMS state map: Overview of Design and Methodology

PRAMS Overview of Design and Methodology

About Data Collection and Processing

PRAMS and Zika Prevention

PRAMS and Zika Prevention

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PRAMS Special Projects

Improving Health for Mothers and Babies

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PRAMS Success Stories

Highlighted Publications

The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS): Overview of Design and Methodology Cdc-pdf[PDF – 612 KB]

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System for Dads: Public Health Surveillance of New Fathers in the Perinatal Period. Am J Public HealthExternal. Garfield CF, Simon CD, Harrison L, Besera G, Kapaya M, Pazol K, Boulet S, Grigorescu V, Barfield W, Warner L. 2018;108(10):1314–1315.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Other Interventions for Pregnant Smokers: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, 2009-2010External. Kapaya M, Tong V, Ding H. Prev Med. 2015 Sept;78: 92-100. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.07.008

Patterns of Health Insurance Coverage Around the Time of Pregnancy Among Women with Live-Born Infants — Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, 29 States, 2009. D’Angelo DV, Le B, O’Neil ME, et al. MMWR Surveill Summ 2015;64(No. SS-4)

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women — United States, 2014–15 Influenza Season. Helen Ding, MD, Carla L. Black, PhD, Sarah Ball, ScD, et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2015;64:1000-5

Provider communication on perinatal depression: a population-based study.External Farr SL, Ko JY, Burley K, Gupta S. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2015 Jan 13. PMID:25578631

Selected Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Indicators 2012-2015

Data table with selected MCH indicators from 2012-2015. Data is presented for all PRAMS sites and also presented by individual state.

Work Directly With PRAMS Data

The PRAMS Data Portal has a PRAMS dataset for each year from 2000 – 2011.

Participating PRAMS Sites

PRAMS state map: Overview of Design and Methodology

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