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Absolutely - it is very important! There are only a small number of women that are chosen to answer the questions. Therefore, each woman's answers are important. We will get the best overall picture of the health of Kansas moms and babies if all mothers selected complete and return the questions!
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Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a project between the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose is to find out why some babies are born healthy and others are not. To gather this information, mothers answer questions about their health and life around the time of their pregnancy.
Your answers and participation in the project will help us learn more about ways to improve the health of both mothers and babies in Kansas.
You should participate in PRAMS for these reasons:
Yes, all answers are private to the extent allowed by law. All answers given on the questionnaire become grouped together and no woman will be identified by name.
Your name was picked at random from the state births for the month that you received the questionnaire. Only a small number of women are chosen to help with this project. By choosing names at random, we are able to get a general idea of the health of moms and their newborn babies. In other words, we are not picking just one type of person or situation - all situations are important and it is likely that your story will be like other women that were not chosen.
So many things in a mother's life affect her pregnancy. These questions are designed to try to get the best picture of the new mother's health care and other things that happened in her pregnancy.
Contact a member of the Kansas PRAMS team by email or toll-free at 844-353-9249.