Virginia Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System
(VA PRAMS)



 Unintended Pregnancy

VA PRAMS is the Virginia Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, which is a survey of mothers who have recently had a baby. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started PRAMS in 1987 to improve the health of mothers and infants in the United States. PRAMS provides information about a woman’s experiences before, during and just after a pregnancy that resulted in a live birth. The PRAMS survey is currently conducted in 46 states, the District of Columbia, New York City, Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico, and represents over 81% of births in the U.S.

The Virginia Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) gives a voice to thousands of new mothers each year, providing quality data for VDH and other policy-makers. PRAMS data can be used to identify women and infants at high risk for health problems, to measure progress towards goals in improving health status, to investigate emerging issues, and so much more!

PRAMS is the only source of data on unintended pregnancy rates in Virginia. To gather this data, mothers are asked "Thinking back to just before you got pregnant with your new baby, how did you feel about becoming pregnant?" Women who answer "I wanted to be pregnant later" or "I didn't want to be pregnant then or at any time in the future" are considered to have had an unintended pregnancy.

*Note: RIC: Richmond Health District; ROV: Rest of Virginia; BRHD: Blue Ridge Health District

Unintended Pregnancy by Race/Ethnicity

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Unintended Pregnancy by Education Status

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Unintended Pregnancy by Marital Status

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Unintended Pregnancy by Insurance Status

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Unintended Pregnancy by Income

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Note: Income categories changed in 2016, therefore income data in 2012-2015 can not be compared to 2016-2017.