The 2015 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data are now available in Hawaii-IBIS. Use the Hawaii-IBIS PRAMS data tool to explore 16 years of data on the attitudes and experiences of women in Hawaii who have recently given birth. Data is available by county and for the state as a whole.
Here are some highlights from the 2015 PRAMS data for Hawaii:
- Over 95% of all new mothers initiated breastfeeding, 81% of mothers were still breastfeeding (any amount) at 8 weeks and 49% breast fed their babies exclusively for at least eight weeks. Breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for a new baby and is associated with a myriad of health benefits for mothers and babies.
- Almost 82% of mothers report that they lay their babies on their back to sleep, a significant increase from 72% in 2008. Putting babies to sleep on the back, as opposed to their stomach or side, reduces their risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- The percent of pregnant women who consumed alcohol during the third trimester of pregnancy continues to rise, from less than 5% in 2000 to almost 9% in 2015. Alcohol exposure during pregnancy is a leading cause for developmental disabilities and birth defects in infants.
- Although the percent of new mothers who smoked in the three months before pregnancy reached an all-time low of 12%, down from 22% in 2009; however, the percent of pregnant women who quit smoking during pregnancy dropped to 60% from a high of 74% in 2012.