PRAMS is a survey of new mothers conducted by Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). PRAMS gathers information from mothers about their experiences before, during, and after their most recent pregnancy. PRAMS is the only source of this information in Washington.
Why should I participate?
Only a few women are randomly selected each month from birth records. PRAMS survey answers give us information about access to health care, quality of health care, and other circumstances that may affect the health of the mother and her new baby.
What Washington Mothers Say
How are my answers used?
Your answers are combined with those from other women (no identifiable data is released). This information is used by local and State agencies to plan maternal and infant health programs and policies that help pregnant women.
PRAMS Data Collection
In Washington, about 2,000 surveys are sent to participants each year. Approximately 200 mothers are drawn each month from birth certificate data using a random sample based on race and ethnicity. The sample includes the following racial/ethnic groups: White not Hispanic, African American not Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander not Hispanic, Native American not Hispanic, and Hispanic.
Washington PRAMS collects data through a web survey option along with statewide mailing of the survey. The PRAMS survey is sent to new mothers two to six months after they deliver their babies. Telephone follow-up is done for those who do not respond to the mailing. The mail and telephone surveys are available in English and Spanish.
Questions and Contact
Washington State Department of Health
Prevention and Community Health
PO Box 47835
Olympia, WA 98504-7835
For more information on PRAMS, please see the CDC PRAMS website