PRAMS Data Collection and Analysis Methods
North Carolina PRAMS samples about 2,400 new mothers each year. This sample is drawn 2 to 3 months after the infants' date of birth. Women whose infant died after birth are included. Mothers’ names are picked by a computer from recent birth certificates. Participation in PRAMS is voluntary. Mailed questionnaires are the primary mode of response. Telephone interviewers call mothers who do not respond by mail.
The sampling excludes the following birth certificates:
- out-of-state births to residents
- in-state births to non-residents
- birth certificates missing the mother's last name
- multiple gestations of 4 or more siblings
- births to mothers 12 years old and younger
This monthly sample is stratified by birthweight so that a disproportionate number of women who had low birthweight babies are selected. Since 92% of births in 2005 were of normal birthweight, this assures that adequate information will be gathered about the low birthweight babies. Otherwise, there would be no way to assure representation of these women.
PRAMS Methodology (CDC)
All findings reported from PRAMS are from a weighted data file. Since the
stratified sample includes more women who had low birthweight
babies, the weights make the data representative of the entire population.
Key factors of each respondent such as maternal age, race, education, marital
status, trimester of first prenatal care visit, and parity are used to assure
that the data represent all live births in North Carolina.
Note: SCHS deals with statistical data on health and vital statistics
of North Carolinians. We do NOT provide information or advice
on medical diagnosis, treatment, or prognosis. Please refer
such questions to your medical practitioner.
Page Last Updated March 09, 2012