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The Oklahoma Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)

The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is an ongoing, statewide study that collects information about a woman’s behaviors and experiences before, during and after pregnancy. Oklahoma PRAMS is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Oklahoma has been a PRAMS participant since the CDC project began in 1987 and has collected data since 1988.

The purpose of PRAMS is to discover why some babies are born healthy and why others are not, in an effort to increase the numbers of babies in Oklahoma who are born healthy. The information is used to help guide programs and health policy in Oklahoma and to help make better use of limited resources.

On a monthly basis, Oklahoma PRAMS randomly samples between 200 and 250 new mothers from Oklahoma birth certificates. All information is kept confidential.

Oklahoma PRAMS collects data on the following:

  • intimate partner violence
  • alcohol use
  • breastfeeding
  • contraception
  • drug use
  • health insurance
  • HIV and STIs
  • household characteristics
  • infant health care
  • infant morbidity and mortality
  • infant sleep environment
  • maternal vaccinations
  • general maternal health
  • vitamin use
  • mental health and stress
  • preconception
  • prenatal
  • postpartum care
  • oral health
  • pregnancy intention
  • social support
  • tobacco/nicotine product use

  • PRAMSgrams are publications that take a higher-level, in-depth look at a PRAMS topic. Generally, they are suited for researchers and health professionals.
  • PRAMS Briefs are publications that provide a snapshot of a PRAMS topic. Generally, they are suited for health professionals, community organizations, and the general public.  

Archived publications (those prior to 2012) are available upon request to Archived publication topics include alcohol use, birth defects, birthweight, depression, education, folic acid, hospital care, immunizations, maternal obesity, poverty, pregnancy intention, preterm birth, and tobacco use.  

Contact Information

Ayesha Lampkins, MPH
PRAMS/TOTS Project Manager
MCH Assessment
Phone: (405) 426-8098 or 1-800-766-2223

Binitha Kunnel, MS
Senior Biostatistician
MCH Assessment
Phone: (405) 426-8097 or 1-800-766-2223

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
MCH Assessment
123 Robert S. Kerr. Ave., Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Physical Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK