The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), is a surveillance project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments. Developed in 1987, the PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. The PRAMS surveillance currently covers about 83% of all U.S. births.
The PRAMS provides data not available from other sources. The data can be used to identify groups of women and infants at high risk for health problems, to monitor changes in health status, and to measure progress towards goals in improving the health of mothers and infants. The PRAMS data is used by researchers to investigate emerging issues in the field of reproductive health and by state and local governments to plan and review programs and policies aimed at reducing health problems among mothers and babies.
The South Dakota Department of Health completed PRAMS-like surveys in 2014 and 2016. In 2017, South Dakota became a part of the CDC-sponsored PRAMS surveillance project.