Last Updated: July 2015
Author: Division of Maternal and Child Health, Vermont Department of Health
The state-level indicator is measured by the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) a project between the state departments of health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health.The purpose of PRAMS is to collect state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experience before, during and shortly after pregnancy.
- Among 2011 PRAMS states, Vermont had the highest rate of drinking during the last 3 months of pregnancy at 13%.
- 67% of Vermont mothers drank at least some alcohol in the 3 months before pregnancy, the second highest proportion of 2011 PRAMS states.
- 35% of Vermont mothers reported their pregnancy was unintended. (2011 PRAMS)
- 26% of Vermont mothers reported they did not get advice from a healthcare worker to not drink alcohol during their pregnancy. (2011 PRAMS)
Vermont PRAMS data identified two distinct profiles of women who used alcohol before and during pregnancy and showed that a healthcare provider's advice against drinking any alcohol during pregnancy was associated with lower prevalence rates of drinking.