FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
PRAMS stands for Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System. It is a research project whose purpose is to find out why some babies are born healthy and others are not. Our survey asks new mothers about their behaviors and experiences around the time of pregnancy. Each year, hundreds of babies in New Mexico are 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 health of future mothers and babies in New Mexico.
The New Mexico Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) jointly run this project.
Yes – all answers are kept completely private to the extent permitted by law. All answers given on the surveys will be grouped to give information on New Mexican mothers of new babies. In reports, no woman will be identified by name. We do not match your name with your mailed answers.
Yes! Because only a small number of mothers are picked, everyone’s answers are important. Every pregnancy is different. We need to know what went right as well as what was a problem during your pregnancy. From your answers, we may be able to improve health care for women and children in New Mexico.
Many things in a mother’s life and pregnancy may affect her pregnancy. These questions try to give a picture of the new mother’s health care and things that happened to her during pregnancy.
A computer picked your baby’s number by chance, as 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.
Please call us at our toll-free number, 1-800-743-8548. We will be happy to answer any other questions you may have about PRAMS. If you prefer to complete the survey by telephone, please call at this number.