MI PRAMS Frequently Asked Questions


What is PRAMS?

PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System) is a joint research project between state health departments 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 before, during, and after their pregnancy. Each year in Michigan, most babies are born healthy. However, hundreds of babies are born unhealthy and 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 odds for future pregnancies in Michigan.

Will my answers be kept private?

All answers are kept completely private to the extent permitted by law. All answers given on the questionnaires will be grouped together to give us information on Michigan mothers of new babies. In reports from this survey, no women will be identified by name. All mothers are give a "Mom ID" when surveys are sent out thus givings complete privacy once the survey enters the mail.

Is it really important that I answer these questions?

Absolutely! Because of the limited number of mothers picked to complete the survey, it is important to have everyone's answers. Pregnancies can vary widely between different mothers and each experience is unique. From the information you give us, we may be able to improve health care for women and children in Michigan. Your help is important to the success of our survey.

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

Questions that may seem unrelated to the topic of health care can still affect a mother's health. Anthing that plays a large role in a mother's life can help us gain more information that can help Michigan moms and their babies.

How was I chosen to participate in PRAMS?

Your name was chosen at random from the state birth certificate registry.

My baby is healthy. Why do you need to hear from me?

Your answers can help the MI PRAMS team narrow down factors that play a large role in baby development and can also help future moms have healthy pregnancies.

I lost my copy of the PRAMS survey. How can I get a new one mailed to me?

Contact Pete Haak at 517-335-9509 to request another copy of the PRAMS survey.

I want to take my PRAMS survey over the phone. Who do I contact?

Contact Pete Haak at 517-335-9509 to make this request.

What if I want to ask more questions about PRAMS?

You can contact Pete Haak, the MI PRAMS Coordinator, at 517-335-9509. We are happy to answer any questions you have about the PRAMS survey.

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