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Frequently Asked Questions

What is PRAMS?

PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System) is a joint research project between the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our purpose is to find out why some babies are born healthy and others are not. To do this, our questionnaire asks new mothers questions about their behaviors and experiences around the time of their pregnancy. Each year in Ohio there are hundreds of babies born with serious health problems. Many of these babies die. We need to understand why. All answers will help us learn more about ways to improve the chances for future mothers and babies in Ohio.

Are answers kept private?

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

Is it really important that women 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 Ohio, we need each mother selected to answer the questions. From the information we get, we may be able to improve health care for women and children in Ohio. We need to know what went right as well as what went wrong during pregnancy. 

Some of the questions do not seem related to health care - why are they asked?

Many things in a mother’s life and pregnancy may affect her pregnancy. These questions try to get to the best picture of the new mother’s health care and things that happened to her during pregnancy.

How were women chosen to participate in PRAMS?

Names were picked by chance, like in a lottery, from the state birth certificate registry. 

What if I want to ask more questions about PRAMS?

Please contact the PRAMS/OPAS project director at Reena.Oza-Frank@odh.ohio.gov, and we will be happy to answer any other questions that you may have about PRAMS.