Frequently Asked Questions

How does PRAMS work?

Each month, a random sample of new mothers will be picked from birth information provided by the state.The PRAMS questionnaire survey booklet will be mailed to selected mothers when the baby is about 2 months of age.  Responses from all completed surveys will be analyzed to provide information on maternal experiences and attitudes around pregnancy.  At no time is a name associated with the individual survey results.

PRAMS written materials are available in both English and Spanish. Mothers selected to complete a survey can complete either a written booklet, online, or over the phone.

How long will it take me to complete the survey?

It takes about 20 minutes to answer all questions.

Do I have to complete the survey if I receive one?

No. The survey is completely voluntary. If you don’t want to participate at all, or if you don’t want to answer a particular question, that’s okay. There is no penalty or loss of benefits for not participating or answering all questions.

Will my answers be kept private?

Yes. They will be used only to answer questions related to the purpose of the study. The study has been given a Certificate of Confidentiality. This means that we may not share information that may identify you in legal suits or proceeding, even if a court orders us to do so, unless you say it’s okay. Your name will not be on any reports from PRAMS.

How are participants chosen?

Women who receive surveys have been randomly selected by a computer using recent birth certificates. We ask around 1,800 women a year in South Dakota to answer the same PRAMS questions.

How will the data be used?

The purpose of the study is to find out why some babies are born healthy and others are not. What we learn from PRAMS will be used to plan programs to help mothers and babies in South Dakota. Your survey data may be combined with information the health department has from other sources. It will be grouped in with responses from other women.