Montana Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System

The Montana Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a random, population-based survey of Montana moms about maternal behaviors and experiences before, during, and after pregnancy. The project is a collaborative effort with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our purpose is to find out why some babies are born unhealthy and others are not. To do this, our survey asks new mothers questions about their behaviors and experiences around the time of their pregnancy. 

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Methodology

Montana PRAMS began data collection in 2017 with the Phase 8 questionnaire. Every four years, the questionnaire is revised to address current and important issues for mothers and newborns, and a new Phase begins. Each year Montana samples approximately 1,700 new mothers that have given birth to a live-born infant.  From the aggregate of all births known to Montana Vital Statistics, a complex sampling strategy has been designed to draw random samples.

The 2020 sampling method was designed to oversample American Indian/Alaska Native mothers. The 2021 sampling method is currently under development.

Stratum 1: American Indian / Alaska Native

Stratum 2: Non-American Indian / Alaska Native

PRAMS is primarily a mail surveillance project with telephone follow-up of non-responders. Participants are surveyed by a mailed questionnaire 3-6 months after giving birth, which is followed up by a telephone interview if no response is received from the mailed survey.

FAQs - For Selected Moms

How was I chosen to participate in PRAMS?

Your name was picked by chance, like in a lottery, from the state birth certificate registry. You are one of a small number of women who were chosen to help us in this study.

Is it really important that I answer these questions?

Yes! Because of the small number of mothers picked, it is important to have everyone’s answers. Every pregnancy is different. To get a better picture of overall health of mothers and babies in Montana, we need each mother selected to answer the questions. From the information you give us, we may be able to improve health care for women and children in Montana.

Will my answers be kept private?

Yes – 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 Montana mothers of new babies. In reports from this survey, no woman will be identified by name.

Why is the University of Alabama calling me?

Unfortunately we are not able to conduct the phone portion of the survey ourselves. The University of Alabama, Birmingham was selected to help with the phone surveys based on their many years of experience working with PRAMS and their dedication to collecting high quality data.

What if I want to ask more questions about PRAMS?

Please call our PRAMS Director, Miriam Naiman-Sessions, directly at 406-444-1921 or at our toll-free number, 1-800-762-9891. We will be happy to answer any other questions you may have about PRAMS.

FAQs - Data Users

Montana has 2017 and 2018 data available for analysis on an as-requested basis. Data tables for public release are forthcoming. To request data, please contact our PRAMS Epidemiologist, Carrie Jo Riordan, directly at CarrieJo.Riordan@mt.gov.

Questionnaires

Resources for Moms

Printable Resource Guide

Montana PRAMS Resource Guide
Early Childhood and Family Support Division Hotline 1-800-762-9891
Child Care Resources
Best Beginnings Scholarship Application https://app.mt.gov/ccubs/
Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Program https://dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/ChildCare/STARS
General Childcare Resources www.bestbeginnings.mt.gov
Licensed Provider Search https://dphhs.mt.gov/qad/licensure/childcarelicensing/providersearch
Parenting Support
Healthy Montana Families Home Visiting 406-444-0969; https://hmf.mt.gov
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies – MT Coalition www.hmhb-mt.org
MT Breastfeeding Coalition http://www.mtbreastfeedingcoalition.com/
MT Parent Magazine https://mtparent.com
National Military Family Association www.militaryfamily.org
Parenting Montana https://parentingmontana.org/
Postpartum Support International www.postpartum.net National Hotline: 1-800-944-4773 Southwest MT: 406-548-4675 Bozeman: 406-570-0738 Missoula:           406-370-7747Whitefish: 434-806-8367
Text 4 Baby www.text4baby.org Text4Baby app available for iPhone and Android
Children’s Health and Nutrition Services & Insurance
Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) http://www.cacfp.mt.gov
Healthy Montana Kids (Children's Medicaid & Children's Health Insurance Program) 1-877-KidsNow (1-877-543-7669); http://hmk.mt.gov/
Immunizations http://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/immunization
Medicaid Early & Periodic Screening, Diagnosis & Treatment (EPSDT) https://dphhs.mt.gov/MontanaHealthcarePrograms/WellChild
Oral Health Program 406-444-2660; https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/oralhealth
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) (Supplemental Nutrition Help) 1-800-433-4298; http://www.wic.mt.gov; http://signupwic.com/
Child Safety
Car Seat Safety 1-877-330-BUCKL (877-330-2825) https://www.mdt.mt.gov/visionzero/people/buckleup/default.shtml www.safercar.gov
Child Abuse Hotline 1-866-820-5437
Infant/Child CPR 1-800-733-2767; www.redcross.org/Montana
National Poison Control 1-800-222-1222; www.poison.org webPOISONCONTROL app available for iPhone and Android
Recalls and Product Safety United States Consumer Product Safety Commission https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls
Safe Kids www.safekids.org – local chapters throughout Montana
For Teens and Young Parents
Healthy Young Parent Program https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/adolescenthealth/hypp
My Life, My Quit for Teens Text “StartMyQuit” to 1-855-891-9989, call or mylifemyquit.com
Safe Teens 1-866-SAFE-TEENS or text SAFE to 57890
https://safeteens.org/
Teen Line 1-800-TLC-TEEN or text TEEN to 839863
www.teenlineonline.org

 

Human & Community Services
Healthy Montana Kids (Free or Low-Cost Health Insurance Options) 1-877-KidsNow (1-877-543-7669); http://hmk.mt.gov/
Public Assistance 1-888-706-1535
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/SNAP
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) www.dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/TANF
General Community Resources
Montana 2-1-1 Help Line Dial: 2-1-1; www.montana211.org
Montana Law Help www.MontanaLawHelp.org
Family Planning Services
Title X Family Planning Program http://familyplanning.hhs.mt.gov
Domestic and Sexual Assault Support
Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233; www.thehotline.org
Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence www.mcadsv.com
Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
Services for Children with Special Health Needs
Children’s Special Health Services Financial Assistance Program https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cshs/FinancialAssistance
Genetic Financial Assistance Program https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cshs/GeneticFinancialAssistance
Medical Home Portal https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cshs/medicalhomeportal
Newborn Hearing and Screening (406) 444-1216; abell@mt.gov
Parent Partner Program (406) 281-8751; tarrathomasfa@outlook.com
Pediatric Psychiatry Program - MAPP-Net (Montana Access to Pediatric Psychiatry Network) 1-844-922-MAPP (844-922-6277) https://www.mapp-net.org/
Transition Resources https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cshs/TransitionResources
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
MT Crisis & Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or text “MT” to 741741
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Montana www.namimt.org
State of Montana Suicide Prevention https://dphhs.mt.gov/suicideprevention/suicideresources
Tobacco Cessation and Substance Abuse Support
American Indian Quit Line 1-855-372-0037; www.MTAmericanIndianQuitLine.com
MT Alcoholics Anonymous 1-888-607-2000; www.aa.org
MT Region Narcotics Anonymous 1-800-990-6262; www.namontana.org
MT Tobacco Quit Line 1-866-485-QUIT (7848)
My Life, My Quit for Teens Text “StartMyQuit” to 1-855-891-9989, call or mylifemyquit.com
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357); https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/
Tobacco Cessation Program for Pregnant or New Moms (additional services available during pregnancy & postpartum) htps://montana.quitlogix.org/en-US/
Adoption Support
Adoption www.dphhs.mt.gov/CFSD/Adoption
Adopt Us Kids 1-866-9FOSTER (866-936-7837); www.adoptuskids.org
Catholic Social Services of Montana 1-800-BABY-DUE (800-222-9383); www.cssmt.org
Bereavement Support
The Compassionate Friends www.compassionatefriends.org
First Candle 1-800-221-7437; https://firstcandle.org
Ramsey Keller Memorial http://www.kisses2heaven.com/