Data, Research and Vital Statistics

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)

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PRAMS Fact Sheets & Data

Maine MCH Phase 8 Indicators (PDF)

Baby Friendly Hospital Breastfeeding Rates

Maine PRAMS Data by Age

Maine Breastfeeding Topic Report 2012-2014

Maine PRAMS Phase 8 Marijuana Supplement

Maine Cigarette Smoking Report (PDF)

Maine Oral Health Report 2012-2015 (PDF)

Maine PRAMS 2012-2015 Indicators (PDF)

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.

"Happy to have participated in this survey. I hope the responses you gather allow more moms to have terrific babies like mine!"

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

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 Data, Research, and Vital Statistics office. The data are ultimately grouped together to provide information for the entire state of Maine. Some of the topics used on the survey include:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Contraception
  • Feelings about pregnancy
  • Health care coverage before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and at delivery
  • Home safety and prevention
  • Lead exposure
  • Marijuana, vaping, and other substance use
  • Maternal health
  • Multi-vitamin use/folic acid
  • Obstetrics history
  • Oral health
  • Prenatal care, barriers to care, topics covered during care
  • Psychosocial support and stress
  • Safe Sleep
  • Smoking and drinking

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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

PRAMS Participating States

All states except California, Idaho, and Ohio. Puerto Rico, New York City, District of Columbian, and Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Health Board also participate.

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" This is wonderful work that you are doing, and I am so excited to help!"

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.

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