The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a research project sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the study is to find out why some babies are born healthy and others are not.
Each year PRAMS asks 2,500 women in Nebraska to answer questions about maternal behaviors and experiences before, during and right after pregnancy. Surveyed women were picked by a computer from recent birth certificates. The survey takes about 25-30 minutes to complete and includes some sensitive questions, such as questions about smoking or drinking during pregnancy.
Survey participation is voluntary and there is no penalty or loss of benefits for not participating or answering all questions.
The goal of PRAMS is to improve the health of mothers and babies in Nebraska. PRAMS influences the health care systems and maternal behaviors that affect health during and right after pregnancy. Four specific objectives are to:
Each month, a stratified sample of approximately 200 mothers is randomly selected from recent birth certificates. An introductory letter is mailed to each woman in the sample between two and six months after the baby's birth. The PRAMS survey is mailed a few days later. A second and then third survey package is mailed to mothers who do not respond. PRAMS staff then telephone those mothers who have not responded to the survey mailings. Responses are collected in a database and weighted to represent all women giving birth in Nebraska.
PRAMS written materials and telephone interviews are available in both English and Spanish.
NE PRAMS is an ongoing surveying program. Published reports are based on births from January to December.
NE PRAMS is operated by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and is guided by suggestions from an external Steering Committee. The members are drawn from maternal and child health stakeholder organizations across the state. The CDC provides partial funding and technical assistance. Contact the CDC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDC PRAMS Website
View a list of the PRAMS survey topics.
The survey consists of a core component used by all states participating in PRAMS, and a state-specific component developed to address Nebraska's particular data needs. The survey, which is designed to provide data on topics not available elsewhere, includes the following:
View the PRAMS data use policy.
Findings from PRAMS' population-based data can be generalized to the entire population of Nebraska women whose pregnancies resulted in a live birth. Examples of findings from other states' PRAMS data have been used to:
Are you interested in PRAMS data? Do you need a detailed analysis of data for a period between 2000 and 2016?
View a list of the PRAMS data use examples.
Please submit your data request to:
Jessica Seberger, PRAMS Program ManagerPhone: (402) 471-9044Fax: (402) 471-7049E-mail:
PRAMS data is collected from moms by paper survey and telephone interview. Over the years, PRAMS has changed questions to make them easier to answer, to focus on the data states were interested in, and to adapt to changing norms about maternal and child health. The surveys below can be used to search for questions you may be interested in.
Nebraska PRAMS Telephone Questionnaires by phase: