Early and continuous prenatal care helps identify conditions and behavior that can result in low birth weight babies, such as:
Drug and alcohol abuse
Inadequate weight gain during pregnancy
Repeat pregnancy in six months or less
Babies born to mothers who received no prenatal care are three times more likely to be born at low birth weight, and five times more likely to die than those whose mothers received prenatal care.
Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program
Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) is a Medi-Cal program that provides enhanced obstetric services for eligible low-income, pregnant, and postpartum women. These services are delivered by approved CPSP providers.
Basic to the CPSP model is the belief that pregnancy and birth outcomes improve when routine obstetric care is enhanced with specific nutrition, health education, and psychosocial services. All pregnant Medi-Cal beneficiaries enrolled in managed care plans are required to have access to CPSP services. For more information, please call 209-533-7434.