Perinatal Care Network (PCN)


Introduction & History


The Perinatal Care Network (PCN) is a toll-free phone line (1-800-675-2229) that links families eligible for pregnancy-related Medi-Cal to care. PCN was created in the 1980s to decrease barriers that prevented women from accessing prenatal-related services. PCN works to assure that pregnant women obtain early, and continuous prenatal care and other services needed during pregnancy.


  • Increase access to and utilization of health, dental, and/or mental healthcare for women and children.
  • Increase access to and utilization of early and continuous quality prenatal care for pregnant women.
  • Increase the number of healthy mothers that have healthy babies.

About PCN

PCN is contracted to 2-1-1 San Diego to provide direct client services countywide. PCN functions as a successful public/private partnership collaborating with prenatal care providers, community organizations, interagency programs, and other health and social service organizations working to provide pregnant women with needed services and resources.

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Resources for New or Expectant Mothers 


PCN is part of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) and is required by the following authorities: Health & Safety Code, Sections 123225-123255 and 123510; California Welfare and Institutions Code, Sections 14148.9-14148.9; U.S. Code of Regulations Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare; and California Code of Regulations Title 17, Public Health.


  • Assist with applications for pregnancy-related Medi-Cal or other healthcare coverage.
  • Link to prenatal care provider. Providers in the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) and other private providers and clinics accept patients referred by PCN. Several providers will see a pregnant woman before her Medi-Cal coverage is granted.
  • Help schedulethe first prenatal appointment.
  • Provide transportation assistance for prenatal care appointments.
  • Provide follow-up services for pregnant women to ensure that services were obtained.
  • Assist families needing health coverage and a medical home for baby.

PCN does not share client information without permission. For more information, call 1-800-675-2229.


Link to home visiting/family support programs, including:

                                 Public Health Nursing – Home Visiting

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Black Infant Health (BIH) – Improves the health of African-American mothers and babies through prenatal and postpartum group and individualized support. 


First 5 First Steps – Supports parents in preparing for a new baby and offers practical parenting skills as children grow up.


Global Communities Healthy Start – Free prenatal and childbirth education, postpartum, and breastfeeding support with a focus on Black families in San Diego County. 


Link to community services and resources, such as: 


Healthy Eating One-Pagers - A quick and easy way to learn about healthy eating resources, best practices, and tools.

Healthy Breakfast One-Pager

Healthy Lunch One-Pager

Healthy Dinner One-Pager 

Healthy Snack One-Pager


Managing Chronic Health Conditions during Pregnancy One-Pager - Learn how to prevent and manage chronic health conditions during pregnancy.


Medi-Cal Covers Dental During Pregnancy - It is safe and important to see the dentist while pregnant. Learn more about the Medi-Cal dental program.

Medi-Cal Covers Dental During Pregnancy -  YouTube Video - Learn about the importance of visiting a dentist as part of prenatal care. Need help finding a Medi-Cal dental provider? Call 1-800-322-6384 or visit Find A Dentist | Smile California.


MotherToBaby – Expert information about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


Medi-Cal offers assistance for beneficiaries who do not have and cannot get transportation to and from appointments for services covered by Medi-Cal. Click the following link and contact health plan for more information: San Diego Medi-Cal Health Plans Transportation Services.


PCN Resource One-Pager - No-cost programs and resources to support you and your family. Available in English and Spanish.


Reproductive Services Resource List - Links to countywide prenatal care resources, including but not limited to family planning, pregnancy testing, health education, birth centers, adoption locations, and other resources and services. 


Women,Infants, and Children (WIC) – Food assistance and nutrition education.

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PCN staff are available to provide virtual presentations to clinic staff and community organizations. 


  • “Answered all of my questions and was very friendly.“
  • “They were able to answer my questions and provide resources for my medical needs.”
  • “With one call, I was able to get Medi-Cal application going and found a doctor for my prenatal care.”
  • “Helped me get seen by a doctor – if my friend was having medical problems, I’d recommend.”
  • “Me siento tranquila y escuchada con la informacion y atencion que me brindaron. Estuvieron al pendiente de mis necesidades y las opciones que me ofrecieron me ayudan a resolverlas. ¡Gracias!”
  • “Me gusto mucho la ayuda que recibí, porque yo no sabía mucho de lo que estoy pasando y me tuvo mucha paciencia al yo no saber sobre la situación."
  • "Como madre primeriza, me sentía perdida sin saber qué hacer. Gracias a su ayuda y orientación, todo salió bien."
  • "Gracias por referirme a programas de embarazo que han sido tan útiles."

Webpage was last updated on 07/08/2024.