Studies have shown that up to 70% of all neural tube birth defects (NTDs) can be prevented when women capable of becoming pregnant consume 400 μg of folic acid prior to conception. All California women of reproductive age should take a supplement with 400μg of folic acid daily or consume a breakfast cereal fortified with 100% of the recommended daily value of folic acid to prevent serious birth defects. For more information, visit
CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) folic acid resources .
Findings from the
California Women’s Health Survey indicate that folic acid supplement use is lower among California Latina women who are at increased risk for neural tube birth defects (NTDs). The messages in the pamphlets and posters are for all women of reproductive age, but they especially target Latina women.
If you are with a local agency that is outside of the local health jurisdiction health department, please order the materials from your local March of Dimes offices:
March of Dimes - Bay Area Division101 Montgomery Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94104
March of Dimes - Greater Los Angeles Division
700 N. Brand Boulevard, #950
Glendale, CA 91203
If you are with a local health jurisdiction health department (non-WIC), submit a Warehouse Order Form (CDPH 2031) through the California Department of Public Health Warehouse. The Warehouse does not accept P.O Box Addresses for shipping. Use the county code listed in these directions.
You can order CDPH 2031 by the pad. Each pad has 25, so use the quantity "25" for one pad. Directions will be faxed to you along with the order form. For Warehouse-related questions, contact the Warehouse at (916) 925-5909.
CDPH Warehouse Address
837 N.Market Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95834