The Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Division works to improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children and adolescents throughout the state. Many programs and initiatives serve California’s diverse populations and regions, providing resources, information and data for physical, emotional, mental and social health.
If you are planning a family, are already pregnant, are a brand new parent, or are a young person seeking confidential health care services, you can learn more about your rights.
Guidance for women, families and health care professionals.
Improve the health care response to leading causes of preventable death among pregnant and postpartum women.
Opioids can cause problems for a developing baby, even before a woman knows she is pregnant. Learn more about the risks associated with opioids during pregnancy.
An emotionally healthy mom is better able to establish a strong relationship with her baby, which fosters healthy infant development and family bonds.