Indiana Now Partnering With Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in National Survey of Mothers and Infants

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Indiana has joined 46 other states and four other jurisdictions in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). This massive research effort surveys new mothers who volunteer to answer questions about their pregnancies and their babies. Operated jointly by the CDC, state departments of health, and other agencies, it now covers 83% of all live births in the United States.

PRAMS seeks to find out why some babies are born healthy and others are not. Surveying mothers who have recently given birth provides information not available from other sources. The data can be used to identify high risk groups of mothers and babies, to monitor changes in health status, and to measure progress towards goals in improving the health of mothers and infants.

The data collected is used by: researchers in the field of maternal and child health; state and local governments planning programs and policies to reduce health problems among mothers and babies; and state agencies trying to identify other organizations and agencies with which they can partner.

Participation is voluntary. Mothers are selected randomly from the state birth certificate registry. Surveys are distributed by mail and answers are kept private. To learn more about this survey, visit PRAMS.