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New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Releases New Survey Data on the Health of Mothers and Infants
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Maternal and Child Health
Publish Date:
February 4, 2016

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services has issued the first report from New Hampshire PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System). The goal of the PRAMS project is to improve the health of mothers and infants by reducing adverse outcomes. According to the survey results, 63% of pregnancies in 2013 were intended, 89% of mothers began prenatal care in their first trimester, and 13% of mothers smoked in the last trimester of pregnancy.

"This is a huge step forward for our Maternal and Child Health Section and a great tool for determining how to improve the health of mothers and babies here in New Hampshire," said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public Health at DHHS. "I commend the staff for all the work they put into this report and thank all of the women who participated in the survey and shared their experiences, while caring for a newborn. We are indebted to them."

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. New Hampshire joined 40 other states in 2013 in collecting standardized data on the health of women and babies. 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, safe sleep practices, and more.

To view the report, go to http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/mch/prams.htm. 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 http://www.cdc.gov/prams/. The NH PRAMS team can be reached at 1-800-852-3345 x2081 or by email at prams@dhhs.state.nh.us.

 
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