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Expanded PRAMS Data Now Available

In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health, the March of Dimes has expanded the number of Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) indicators available on PeriStats.

The 13 new indicators largely encompass preconception and interconception care and include data on pregnancy intention and contraception use at time of conception, pre-pregnancy morbidities like diabetes and hypertension, and postpartum contraception use, checkups, and depressive symptoms, among others.

Data for the new indicators are available for 2000-2011, depending on the state, and are available stratified by maternal race/ethnicity and age, household income, and Medicaid status.

PRAMS is a system of state and population based surveys that routinely collect information about maternal behaviors and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. Participating PRAMS states survey a sample of women who have had a recent live birth and link survey responses to medical information collected on birth certificates to produce statewide estimates of maternal health indicators. To find out more information about PRAMS in your state, click on the link for the PRAMS website on each PeriStats state summary page.