Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, 1992-2003 (ICPSR 34691)

Alternate Title:   PRAMS, 1992-2003

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a surveillance project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments. Using a two-part questionnaire, PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data from women who have had a recent live birth (drawn from the state's birth certificate file) on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. Asked by all states to allow comparisons between states, core questions cover 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; and contraceptive use. State-added questions are those tailored to each state's needs. In coordination with the CDC, participating states have compiled a number of questions available to the states to add to their questionnaires as they choose. If these standard questions do not address a topic of interest in the particular state, survey administrators can also develop their own questions. Thirty-seven states, New York City, and South Dakota's Yankton Sioux Tribe currently participate in PRAMS. Each participating state samples between 1,300 and 3,400 women per year. Women from some groups are oversampled to ensure adequate data are available in smaller but higher risk populations.

Access Notes

Study Description

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    birth, birth control, pregnancy, risk assessment

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1992--2003

Data Collection Notes:

These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly for details on obtaining the data and documentation.