Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System
What is PRAMS?
The New Mexico Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (NM PRAMS) surveys new mothers to improve maternal and infant health. The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conduct this project.
The survey asks mothers about their experiences, attitudes, and behaviors before, during and shortly after pregnancy. NM PRAMS started with July 1997 births.
What is our Methodology?
NM PRAMS samples over 2,000 new mothers each year. A computer chooses names at random from live birth certificates. Participation in PRAMS is voluntary. Approximately 70% of sampled mothers respond to NM PRAMS. Mailed questionnaires are the primary mode of response. Telephone interviewers call mothers who do not respond by mail.
For the survey questions or details about PRAMS operations and methods, see the appendix of our surveillance report.
How Do We Use the Data?
NM PRAMS informs policy makers, healthcare providers and the public about health of New Mexico mothers and infants. PRAMS data are useful for making decisions about healthcare services, programs and policies.
We observe strict rules, defined by CDC protocols, to protect confidentiality and security. Names and survey responses are not matched.
We use identifying information only for PRAMS survey operations (mailings and telephone interviews). Only NM PRAMS staff may access personal identifiers (names, addresses).
Reports & Surveys
Because we must wait until the birth year ends and send our files to CDC for processing, we cannot provide surveillance report data until at least two years after each birth year.
Contact us at our firstname.lastname@example.org email address or call 505-476-8895 if you need the most recent data or need a printed copy of the entire surveillance report.
- PRAMS Newsletter 2016/02 — Breastfeeding
- PRAMS Surveillance Report for Birth Years 2009-2010
- PRAMS Surveillance Report for Birth Years 2008
- PRAMS Surveillance Report for Birth Years 2004-2005
- PRAMS Surveillance Report for Birth Years 2001-2002
- PRAMS Surveillance Report for Birth Years 2000
- PRAMS Surveillance Report for Birth Years 1999
- PRAMS Surveillance Report for Birth Years 1998-2003
- English: PRAMS- 2 Survey
- English: PRAMS Survey for 2004-2008
- Español: De PRAMS Encuesta Para el Período 2004-2008
Our interactive Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System Data Query is available for you to use online.
This module on the IBIS website allows you to query the PRAMS dataset. First select a report based on health insurance coverage, before pregnancy factors, during pregnancy factors, after pregnancy factors, and infant factors. Then customize the report by specifying filter criteria such as indicators, period, mother’s characteristics, infant birth characteristics, how to display the data, and more.
The CDC PRAMS project in Atlanta, Georgia provides funding and technical support through the Cooperative Agreement U50/CCU613632.
Other funders include the NMDOH in partnership with the New Mexico Title V Maternal and Child Health grant; the Family Preservation and Support Project of the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department; and the Medical Assistance Division of the New Mexico Human Services Department.
The NM PRAMS steering committee consists of members from the community and NMDOH.