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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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."
Webpage was last updated on 03/06/2023.