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The Oklahoma Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)
The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is an ongoing, statewide study that collects information about a woman’s behaviors and experiences before, during and after pregnancy. Oklahoma PRAMS is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Thirty-six other states conduct a PRAMS survey. Oklahoma has been a PRAMS participant since the CDC project began in 1988.
The purpose of PRAMS is to discover why some babies are born healthy and why others are not, in an effort to increase the numbers of babies in Oklahoma who are born healthy. The information is used to help guide programs and health policy in Oklahoma and to help make better use of limited resources.
On a monthly basis, Oklahoma PRAMS randomly samples between 200 and 250 new mothers from Oklahoma birth certificates. Mothers are sent as many as three mail questionnaires, with follow-up phone interviews for women who do not respond to the mailed surveys. All information is kept confidential.
Oklahoma currently collects PRAMS data on the following topics: health insurance, prenatal care, breastfeeding, maternal smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, alcohol use, social support and family planning.
For more information on PRAMS nationwide please visit www.cdc.gov/prams.
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