California Resources

From the State Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program:

The statewide CPSP program provides a wide range of services to pregnant women from conception through postpartum. In addition to standard obstetric services, qualified Medi-Cal providers may receive additional reimbursement for providing enhanced services in the areas of nutrition, psychosocial and health education. Please visit the State Public Health CPSP website which includes the following documents:

  • Application for Certification as a CPSP Provider
    For Medi-Cal providers who want to offer the CPSP services to their patients. Look for form CDPH 4448
  • CPSP Provider brochure
    Program description, reimbursement, provider eligibility and application process.
  • Provider Handbook (updated 2016)
    Guidelines to setting up and maintaining a CPSP practice, delivering services to patients and complying with CPSP regulations.
  • Steps to Take Handbook (updated 2017)
    CPSP guidelines for providing health education, nutrition and psychosocial services. Contains dozens of reproducible, low literacy health education handouts in English and Spanish.

Medi-Cal and Presumptive Eligibility

Medi-Cal can help eligible low-income women pay for the prenatal care and delivery. Undocumented immigrants can apply for pregnancy-only coverage. You can find out more about Medi-Cal from the California Department of Health Services web site.

Some Medi-Cal providers can issue eligible pregnant women a temporary Medi-Cal card at the time of their first appointment. This is called the Presumptive Eligibility or PE Program. You will the need to go through the Medi-Cal enrollment process while using your temporary PE card to receive prenatal care.

Prenatal Weight Gain Grids (Institute of Medicine)

Grids are formulated as a range of weight gain for each category of pre-pregnancy BMI.

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