Data, Research and Vital Statistics


Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)

For further information, please contact:
Tom Patenaude, PRAMS Coordinator
220 Capitol Street., 11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Voice: (207) 287- 5469  
FAX: (207) 287- 5470    

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2011 Maine PRAMS Data Brief (Word) A report which highlights topic areas of PRAMS survey samples

2010 Maine PRAMS Data Brief (Word) A report which highlights topic areas of PRAMS survey samples.

2004-2008 Maine PRAMS Surveillance Report (Word 2MB) Maine PRAMS summary report covering 5 years of survey data collection (2004-2008)

The Program. PRAMS is an on-going, population-based surveillance system designed to identify and monitor selected maternal behaviors and experiences before, during, and after pregnancy among women who have recently given birth to a live infant. Data are collected monthly from women using a mail/telephone survey.

The Problem in Maine. Although Maine's infant mortality and low birth weight rates are low compared to other states, there has been minimal improvement during the past decade in the low birth weight rate. Information gathered through the Maine PRAMS project will allow generation of data for use in policy-making and planning in the maternal and child health care arena.

The Goal. The overall goal of PRAMS is to provide data and analyses on maternal behaviors during pregnancy and early infancy which will be used to improve maternal and infant health in Maine

"It's great to see that other people are taking the time to see how new mothers and their babies are doing in Maine"

PRAMS Survey Topics. The PRAMS survey is mailed to a sample of approximately 125 women each month. Women complete the surveys and return them to the Office of Data, Research, and Vital Statistics. The data are ultimately grouped together to provide information for the entire state of Maine. Some of the topics used on the survey include:

Feelings about pregnancy
Obstetrics history
Multi-vitamin use/folic acid
Prenatal care, barriers to care, topics covered during care
Maternal health
Smoking and drinking
Psychosocial support and stress
Health care coverage before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and at delivery
Oral health
Home safety and prevention

Program Activities. PRAMS provides data to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and to other public and private agencies and organizations to:

  • Describe the maternal behaviors during pregnancy and early infancy
  • Guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of intervention programs aimed at improving maternal and infant health in Maine
  • Examine prenatal care access and prenatal care quality issues and their relationship to poor birth outcomes in Maine
  • Monitor changes in the health care system (managed care and Medicaid reform) on the delivery of prenatal care, routine well baby care, and sick baby care
  • Examine the characteristics and behaviors of women who report unintentional or mistimed pregnancies

Other PRAMS Participating States:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • New York City
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

Fact Sheets. Analysis data are available for the years 1988-1999


MMWR Articles.

Links to Other Resources.

"Nice survey. I hope it helps to get better care for mothers and babies!"

Funding Sources: PRAMS is funded by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (U50/CCU/113503).

NOTE: All quotes on this web site are comments written by PRAMS participants.