Georgia Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS); An Introduction


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What is PRAMS?:

A state-wide population-based survey that collects information on women who give birth in Georgia. GA PRAMS began in January 1993 and it supplements birth certificate data by collecting information on women’s attitudes, experiences, and behaviors before, during, and after they deliver a live born infant.

Each month, a random sample of approximately 200 women is drawn from birth records and stratified by birth weight (low birth weight, normal birth weight) and race (black, other). Women are contacted by mail or telephone (for non-respondents) within 2-6 months after delivery. Each mother’s survey is linked to her infant’s birth certificate.
What types of questions can I expect from the PRAMS questionnaire?

The PRAMS questionnaire contains the following for new mothers:

  • Attitudes and feelings about the most recent pregnancy.
  • Content and source of prenatal care.
  • Maternal alcohol and tobacco consumption.
  • Physical abuse before and during pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy-related morbidity.
  • Infant health care.
  • Contraceptive use.
  • Mother’s knowledge of pregnancy-related health issues, such as adverse effects of tobacco and alcohol; benefits of folic acid; and risks of HIV.


How is PRAMS data used?

PRAMS data are used by state agencies to identify other agencies that have important contributions to make in planning maternal and infant health programs and to develop partnerships with those agencies, the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, is a surveillance project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments. PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based information on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy.

Visit the Georgia PRAMS site for more information.