Frequently Asked Questions

What is PRAMS?
Why should I participate?
Will my answers be kept private?
Is it really important that I answer these questions?
Some of the questions do not seem related to health care-why are they asked?
How was I chosen to participate in PRAMS?
How does the PRAMS survey work?
What if I want to ask more questions about PRAMS?

What is PRAMS?
PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System) is a joint research project between the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose is to find out why some babies are born healthy and others are not. To do this, the PRAMS questionnaire asks new mothers questions about their behaviors and experiences around the time of their pregnancy.

Each year in Missouri there are hundreds of babies born with serious health problems. Many of these babies die. We need your help to find out why. No matter how your pregnancy went, your answers will help us learn more about ways to improve the chances for future mothers and babies in Missouri.

Why should I participate?
In addition to receiving a gift for participating, you will help more mothers deliver healthy babies in Missouri. You will also assist health care professionals to improve care for mothers and babies in our state.  

Will my answers be kept private?
Yes—all answers are kept completely private to the extent permitted by law. All answers given on the questionnaires will be grouped together to give us information on Missouri mothers of new babies. In reports from this survey, no woman will be identified by name.

Is it really important that I answer these questions?
Yes! Because of the small number of mothers picked, it is important to have everyone’s answers. Every pregnancy is different. To get a better overall picture of the health of mothers and babies in Missouri, we need each mother selected to answer the questions and return the completed survey in an envelope that is provided.

Some of the questions do not seem related to health care—why are they asked?
Many things in a mother's life may affect her pregnancy. These questions try to get the best picture of the new mother's health care and things that happened to her during pregnancy.

How was I chosen to participate in PRAMS?
Your name was picked by chance, like in a lottery, from the state birth certificate registry.  You are one of a small number of women who were chosen to help us in this study.

How does the PRAMS Survey work?
This is explained in the Methods section of the PRAMS web site page.

What if I want to ask more questions about PRAMS?
Please call the toll-free number 1-866-808-4048, and the program will answer any other questions that you may have about PRAMS. If you prefer to complete the questionnaire over the telephone, please call the same number.