Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System

The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a survey for women who have given birth in the past 6 months. Forty-seven states use the PRAMS survey. This covers about 83% of all live births in the United States. Kansas PRAMS is a project between the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The answers and stories gathered by the survey are used to help lower infant mortality (death) rates and the number of low birth weight babies.

To find out more about the national CDC PRAMS project, visit the CDC PRAMS page.

The Importance of PRAMS

PRAMS is important because it:

  • Allows women who have recently had a baby to help future moms in Kansas, by telling the story of their pregnancy and baby's birth.
  • Gathers new data to help us build programs to assist mothers and babies in Kansas.
  • Supports healthy pregnant women and healthy babies by guiding Kansas programs and policies.

The Kansas PRAMS Survey

Kansas PRAMS is an important part of KDHE's activities to lower the Kansas infant death rate. Babies born premature (early) or low birth weight (less than 2,500 grams) have a higher risk of infant death and illness. Finding out why some babies are born healthy and others are not can help us create a better future for mothers and babies.

Each month, about 140 mothers of babies aged 2 to 6 months are chosen at random from the Kansas Vital Statistics birth certificate file. The Kansas PRAMS survey is mailed with instructions on how to complete and return the survey. If the mother does not respond by mail, she will receive a phone call in case she prefers to answer by phone.

Some of the questions ask about the mother's feelings and experiences, such as:

  • Childhood experiences, stress, discrimination, and abuse
  • Chronic health problems
  • Postpartum (after the baby is born) depression
  • Prenatal care such as doctor and dentist visits, home visits, and health insurance
  • Social support during pregnancy
  • Use of birth control, vitamins, tobacco, alcohol, and drugs

Some of the questions ask about the baby's health, such as:

  • Avoiding accidents, illness, or injury
  • Breastfeeding and nutrition
  • Sleep habits

If you were chosen for Kansas PRAMS, you are free to do the survey or not. If you don't want to participate, or if you don't want to answer all of the questions, that's okay. If you choose to share your story with us, your answers will be kept private to the extent allowed by law. Your answers, along with the answers of other women, will provide better care and programs to Kansas women and babies in the future.

If you have questions about the KS PRAMS project, please contact our team.

This publication was made possible by 1U01DP006224-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.