The 2013 data for the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is now available. This survey is a vital source of information about the health of Hawaii’s mothers and their infants.
Here are some highlights from the 2013 PRAMS data for Hawaii:
Almost 90% of pregnant women in Hawaii are beginning prenatal care in their first trimester. This is an increase of almost 12% since 2000. Women who receive early and adequate prenatal care increase their chances of birthing a healthy baby.
Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women in Hawaii attended a childbirth class during their pregnancy. Younger mothers were significantly less likely to attend a class. Younger, unexperienced mothers might benefit most from childbirth classes, as they provide important information about labor and delivery.
The percent of pregnant women in Hawaii who report drinking alcohol in the last trimester of their pregnancy has steadily increased from 200 to 2013. On Kauai, over 1 in 10 pregnant women reported consuming alcohol during their last trimester. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy increases the chances of birth defects, developmental disabilities, and premature birth.
To learn more about the health of Hawaii’s mothers and infants, check out our sister site, Hawaii Health Matters. Also, the PRAMS data will soon be available on our new data tool, the Hawaii Indicator-Based Information System (Hawaii-IBIS)! Hawaii-IBIS gives you the power to define your search and pinpoint the data you need. We will notify users when the PRAMS data are available on Hawaii-IBIS.