As you may already know, being a parent can be very rewarding and challenging at the same time. We encourage you to get support from people whom you trust and who care about you and your baby.
If pregnant, you should see your health care provider to discuss family planning and obtain counseling. If you do not have a regular doctor, you can call the Pregnancy Resource & Referral Line 916-875-2229 for a referral.
If you have decided to be a parent, you should get prenatal care as soon as possible to increase your chance of delivering a healthy baby. Foster youth are entitled to have Medi-Cal (free health insurance) up to age 26. Medi-Cal covers prenatal care, labor and delivery care, and care in the hospital after you give birth.
For resources related to pregnancy and parenting, call the referral line below. You will be able to talk to a live person.
Pregnancy Resource & Referral Line
888-824-2229 or 916-875-2229
Your baby will need to have her own health insurance after she is born. The hospital typically will make a referral for your baby to be enrolled in Medi-Cal. Check with the hospital social worker or nurse about this referral before you are discharged.
If your baby was not referred for Medi-Cal, you can make your own referral by completing this newborn referral form and mailing it to:
Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance/Newborn Referral
PO Box 487
Sacramento, CA 95812
For questions, call
Be sure to get regular check-ups for your baby to know if she is healthy and reaching her milestones. Like you, your baby should have a pediatrician or a health care provider who serves as her primary care provider. Having a doctor who knows your child makes it much easier for you to communicate your concerns and ask questions as needed. It will also permit you to make appointments sooner when your child is sick.
To learn how to care for your baby or yourself during pregnancy, check out healthychildren.org. This website has great information and was created by the American Academy of Pediatrics, a trusted source. For more resources, see our parenting resources page.