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Pregnancy

Are you starting or growing your family? If so, this can be an exciting time in your life!

It's also a time when you need the best possible care. If you're a Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP) member, your Medi-Cal-approved pregnancy benefits can help make sure you have a safe pregnancy, delivery and start as a new parent.

Find a Pregnancy Care Provider

It's important to start prenatal care as soon as you think you may be pregnant. GCHP has many quality pregnancy providers in Ventura County who will accept your Medi-Cal. If you haven't picked an obstetrician or OB-GYN yet, choose one from our Provider Directory.

Your Pregnancy Care Benefits

We care about pregnant moms and their babies. That's why we have a range of services to assist you before and after your baby is born.

These include:

  • Prenatal care. This includes the checkups and some tests you get while you are pregnant. Prenatal care can help you and your baby stay healthy and safe. And it can help prevent your baby from being born too early.
  • Delivery and postpartum care.
  • Birthing center services.
  • Certified nurse-midwife.
  • Licensed midwife.
  • Diagnosis of fetal genetic disorders and counseling.
  • Breastfeeding help and free breast pumps. Breastfeeding provides all the nourishment your newborn needs. Contact your provider at GCHP Member Services if you'd like more breastfeeding tips.

Provisional Postpartum Care Extension (PPCE) Program

The Provisional Postpartum Care Extension (PPCE) Program provides extended coverage for Medi-Cal members who have a maternal mental health condition during pregnancy or the time period after pregnancy.

Gold Coast Health Plan covers maternal mental health care for women during pregnancy and for up to two months after the end of pregnancy. The PPCE program extends that coverage for up to 12 months after the diagnosis or from the end of the pregnancy, whichever is later.

To qualify for the PPCE program, your doctor must confirm your diagnosis of a maternal mental health condition within 150 days after the end of pregnancy. Ask your doctor about these services if you think you need them. If your doctor thinks you should have the services from PPCE, your doctor completes and submits the forms for you.

If you have any questions, call GCHP’s Member Services Department Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 1.888.301.1228. If you use a TTY, call 1.888.310.7347.

Help for High-Risk Pregnancies

Has a doctor told you that you are at higher risk for problems during your pregnancy? If so, GCHP has nurse case managers who can work with you one-on-one to help you and your baby stay healthy.

If you would like to speak with a case manager, please call GCHP Member Services at 1.888.301.1228 to ask for a referral. If you use a TTY, call 1.800.310.7347.

Pregnancy and New Parent Information

We have two e-newsletters that can teach you more about healthy pregnancies and parenting.

Our Pregnancy e-newsletter leads you through the stages of pregnancy week by week. It offers timely tips, articles and tools that can help you learn what to expect and prepare for the future. Sign up for the Pregnancy e-newsletter.

Our New Parent e-newsletter gives moms and dads monthly updates about the growth and behavior of their baby from birth to age 3. Sign up for the New Parent e-newsletter.

Learn More About Your Pregnancy Benefits

Do you have questions about GCHP's pregnancy benefits? Please call Member Services at 1.888.301.1228. If you use a TTY, call 1.800.310.7347. Let us know how we can help.