Susan Buckley, RN, Director, Public Health
Ira Singh, MPH, Deputy Director
Donald I. Baird, MD, Health Officer

Perinatal Services

The goal of the Perinatal Services Program is to improve the health of low-income pregnant women and give their babies a healthy start in life.

Issues:
  • Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders affect 10-20 percent of women. Women with depression during pregnancy have a greater risk of giving birth to  a pre-term or low birth weight infant.
  • Infants who are born to women who use tobacco, alcohol and other substances during pregnancy are at an increased risk for premature deliveries, low birthweight, congenital malformations, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Low birth weight infants have an increased risk of permanent disabilities and deaths.

The Perinatal Service Coordinator:
  • Links pregnant women with prenatal care providers and provides them with health and resource information.
  • Provides access for Medi-Cal eligible pregnant women to a comprehensive program of care including prenatal health education, nutrition counseling, psychosocial support and obstetric care.
  • Provides ongoing technical assistance to local medical providers to meet certification and practice requirements for CPSP (Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program).
  • Collaborates with medical providers and community members to address issues related to unmet needs, access and quality of prenatal care.

For more information, please contact the Perinatal Services Coordinator at 707-445-6210.



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