Pregnancy and Women's Health
Keep Your Medi-Cal!
Are you a Medi-Cal Member?
Medi-Cal is currently reviewing ALL beneficiaries for continued benefits. Make sure your family’s contact information is up-to-date and report any changes in your household (especially pregnancy!)
Every healthy pregnancy starts with a healthy person. Learn about supports and resources to help you stay healthy and well before, between, and after pregnancy.
Sonoma County Maternal Child and Adolescent Health is dedicated to promoting physical, social, and emotional health and well-being for pregnant persons, children, adolescents, and their families through information, education, and resources. We are committed to inclusion, diversity, and anti-racist values. All community members are welcome and safe to use our services.
Schedule a prenatal appointment with a doctor as soon as you think you may be pregnant. Even better, see your doctor before you are pregnant to talk about preparing for pregnancy.
Medical and Dental Care:
- Get Health Insurance/ Find a Doctor This web page offers information and links to resources for getting help to apply for Medi-Cal or to use the Covered California Insurance Exchange.
- Medi-Cal offers presumptive eligibility coverage for pregnant persons and local providers will see you right away (many will even help you with your Medi-Cal application). Medi-Cal coverage will continue through the 12th month after the end of your pregnancy.
- Dental Care - It is important to see a dentist during pregnancy to prevent infections that can lead to poor birth outcomes. Pregnancy Medi-Cal now covers dental services for a full 12 months postpartum.
- Vaccinations during Pregnancy - Pregnant women should be vaccinated for pertussis and influenza, as well as being up to date on COVID-19 booster.
Learn more about pregnancy and childbirth:
- Visit Childbirth Connection to learn more about Maternity Care, Healthy Pregnancy and Giving Birth.
- My Birth Matters - Learn about your birthing options and tips for a healthy birth.
- Text4Baby - Sign up to get free messages each week on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby’s first year.
- Paths to parenthood for LGBTQ+ persons. Help to understand the options, and how to optimize the process along the way from Fertility IQ.
You care for others, remember to care for yourself, self-care is not selfish!
Medical and dental care:
- Get Health Insurance/ Find a Doctor - This web page offers information and links to resources for getting help to apply for Medi-Cal or to use the Covered California Insurance Exchange.
- Well Woman Visit - All women should have an annual health exam. Learn more about healthy living at every age from the Office on Women’s Health, and download their checklist for women’s health by decade.
- Dental Care - Healthy teeth are an important part of overall health, your dentist is your biggest ally for good oral health. Visit the dentist for an exam and cleaning every 6 months! Smile California can help you find a dentist if you don't have one.
- Women’s Vaccinations - Protect yourself from preventable diseases, find out which vaccinations you should have, and when.
- Every Woman Counts provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations. Their mission is to mitigate the devastating medical, emotional and financial effects of breast and cervical cancer and eliminate health disparities for medically underserved, low-income individuals.
- Every Woman California has resources for women and people who may become pregnant. Explore this site to learn more about your health and get simple tips to stay healthy every day.
- Sexually Transmitted Infection - Find out where to access testing and treatment in Sonoma County and learn more about risks and symptoms with STD Fact Sheets.
- Birth Control - Learn more about birth control and family planning and which option is best for you. Find out where to get support for emergency contraception and termination.
- Get a Pregnancy Test - It is important to see a doctor as early as possible if you think you may be pregnant.
- California Abortion Access - This website is a safe space for you to find abortion information.
- Resources for LGBTQ+ from Every Woman California
Mental Health Support
An important part of your health is your emotional and mental wellness. If you are feeling sad, depressed, anxious, or have a lot of stress, it can affect your health. That’s why it is important to get help for any mental health problems.
One in five women in California experience depression sometime during pregnancy or after birth. Learn more about perinatal mood disorders and get help when you need it. Call or text to speak with a professional counselor in English or Spanish anytime 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 1-800-HELP4MOMS.
Prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety:
- Maternal Mental Health Now Emotional Wellness Self-Help Tool is designed to help those who want to become pregnant, are pregnant, or just welcomed a baby, understand and manage perinatal depression and anxiety.
- Perinatal Mood Disorder Prevention Will help you find local programs to help support you and your family during and after pregnancy; someone to listen and understand your struggles, without judgement or shame.
- If you are experiencing Postpartum Depression you are not alone. Find Help for moms, dads, family members and loved ones, including online support groups and pregnancy and infant loss and grief resources.
Substance use disorder:
- MothertoBaby provides confidential information about the effects of drugs and medications during pregnancy, available by phone, text, email or chat.
- Resources for Substance Use Disorder. Are you pregnant or the parent of a young child and struggling with alcohol or other drugs? We can help you find support and resources.
- Substance Use Disorder Recovery programs are available for women in Sonoma County. Call 707-565-7463 for more information.
- Ready to stop smoking or vaping, or just want to know what resources are out there? Kit-It California offers 2 weeks of free nicotine patches to support anyone living with a child under 6 who wants to Kick-It! Pregnant persons are always eligible for free telephone counseling.
Mental and behavioral health crisis services:
- Sonoma County Behavioral Health Crisis Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Providing crisis intervention, assessment, medication and supportive care for individuals in an acute mental health crisis.
- Sonoma County Behavioral Health also offers community-based, supportive, and transitional recovery services for adults.
- The Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call 988 or 855-587-6373 for English or Spanish crisis support. FREE and confidential help for any person having thoughts of suicide, as well as for friends and family members worried about a loved one.
Good nutrition is important for every woman. Take good care of yourself with nutritious food before, during and after pregnancy.
- The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children(WIC) provides healthy foods for the whole family. They also offer nutrition counseling and breastfeeding support.
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(Cal Fresh) Provides monthly benefits to help you buy the groceries you need to be healthy. Benefits are added to a debit-style plastic card, called an Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT card, you can use the card to buy groceries in stores, at the farmer’s market and even online!
- This website will help you find local Farmers Markets that accept Cal Fresh.
- The Redwood Empire Food Bank helps with food and resources for children, seniors, and families.
- Learn more about eating healthy and get a MyPlate Plan, or MyPlate for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. With the MyPlate free app you can even link to recipes and grocery shopping lists!
One of the best ways to lower stress and increase well-being is to get active! Get the whole family in on it!
- Check out the Exercise and Movement classes at the Center for Well-Being. They have Zumba, Pilates, and Yoga classes. Learn more and pre-register online or call (707) 575-6043.
- The YMCA has annual, monthly, and quarterly membership plans and offers financial assistance too! In addition to their usual programs and classes, check out the Health & Wellness programs, the Virtual Y and the new Healthy Recipes.
- Santa Rosa Park and Rec provides recreation programming to participants of all ages and abilities, offering hundreds of scheduled classes year-round. You can see all their programs and events on their website.
- Sonoma County Regional Parks- Visit a park today to connect with nature, slow down and make time for “awe”, learn, play, and camp. Annual low-cost vehicle entry passes are available for Sonoma County residents with limited income.
- The YWCA serves families struggling with domestic violence with community advocacy, therapy, support groups, a Safe House Shelter and help finding a safe place to live. They are available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week through the Hotline: (707) 546-1234
- The Family Justice Center is available during business hours at 707-565-8255. They serve victims of violence, abuse and assault with advocacy, safety planning, resources, immigration services, transportation assistance and more.
For support with relationships:
- The Child Parent Institute offers Family Counseling Resources and parenting services. They offer in-home and group parent education, parent mentoring programs, and a Parent Support Line for questions and concerns at 707-755-2858.