NH DHHS - NH Women’s and Infants’ Health Survey Joins National Effort

Concord, NH – New Hampshire PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring

System) is expected to launch on February 15, 2013. New Hampshire will be

joining 40 other states in collecting standardized data on the health of

women and babies.

Mothers of 2- to 3-month-old babies will be randomly selected from the

State birth certificate files. These women will be contacted by mail and/or

by telephone and asked to complete a confidential questionnaire.

“Participation is completely voluntary,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of

the Division of Public Health Services, “but we hope that all selected

women will agree to participate, and share their unique and valuable

experiences. Their input will help shape future health policies and

programs statewide.”

PRAMS was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

in order to learn why some babies are born healthy and others are not. In

New Hampshire, the project is fully funded by the CDC. The survey allows

public health officials to monitor changes in maternal and child health

indicators, such as smoking, prenatal care, breastfeeding, and more.

New Hampshire survey operations are housed in Concord at the Department of

Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS),

Maternal and Child Health Section.

For more information on the Division of Public Health Services, Maternal

and Child Health Section, please visit

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/mch/. For more information about the CDC

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), go to


The NH PRAMS team can be reached at 1-800-852-3345 x2081 or by email at