Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP)




The Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) was created to reduce morbidity and mortality among low-income women and their infants in California through enhanced prenatal care. CPSP provides a wide range of services to pregnant women, from conception through 60 days postpartum.

CPSP is part of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) and is required by the following authorities: Health & Safety Code, Sections 104560-104569 and 123475-12352; California Welfare and Institutions Code, Sections 14132(u) and 14134.5(a-j); and California Code of Regulations Title 22, Sections 51179-51179.0

All pregnant and postpartum women in Kern County receive comprehensive perinatal services through an integrated and seamless system designated to optimize maternal and child health outcomes.

• To decrease the incidence of low birth weight in infants
• To improve the outcomes of every pregnancy
• To improve the health of mothers and their infants

• Prenatal care and individual case coordination
• Education on eating healthy
• Prenatal vitamins
• Childbirth education
• Help with social or emotional problems
• Help with breastfeeding and newborn care
• Referrals to Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program, genetic screening, dental care, family planning, and pediatric care

CPSP services in California are paid for by Medi-Cal and free to pregnant women who are eligible for Medi-Cal. Ask your doctor about CPSP services or call the Perinatal Care Network at 1-800-675-2229 to find out if you’re eligible for Medi-Cal or need help in finding a doctor.

Any physician, certified nurse midwife, nurse practitioner, hospital, community clinic, or medical group who provides prenatal care, has a valid Medi-Cal provider number, and is in good standing with state licensing and regulatory agencies can submit a CPSP application. Once finalized at the local CPSP office, the application is forwarded to the California Department of Public Health for final approval.

To apply to become a CPSP provider, contact your local Perinatal Services Coordinator (PSC) Chrystal Sheppard (661) at 868-0521. The CPSP application will be provided to you at the time of the required site visit and the PSC will assist you with its completion. A site visit must be conducted prior to accepting the application.

To learn more of the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) please click on the link below.

To learn more of CPSP in Kern County, please contact the Perinatal Services Coordinator, Chrystal Sheppard at (661) 868-0521.