Sonoma County Maternal Child and Adolescent Health

California State Maternal and Perinatal Health Data Updates are now available. What's going well? Who needs more support?

California State Maternal Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Division creates dashboards to serve data needs of partners and stakeholders. Click the button below to all available 2018-2020 dashboards:

Data Dashboards

Where we are doing well:

Perinatal Concern:

California Rate

Sonoma County Rate

Early Prenatal Care



Adequate Prenatal Care



Folic Acid Use



Where we are not doing well:

Severe Maternal Morbidity


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Healthy People 2030 Goal





Perinatal Depression

California Department of Public Health MCAH Datasheets

Prenatal Depressive Symptoms


Postpartum Depressive Symptoms





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Depression, characterized by feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness, or loss of interest or pleasure in doing things one usually enjoys, is one of several mental health conditions experienced during pregnancy or postpartum. Prenatal depression increases the risk of preterm birth, low birthweight, and pre-eclampsia and can negatively impact breastfeeding and a birthing person's ability to bond with their baby. Perinatal depression also increases a birthing person's risk of chronic depression and suicide as well as the child's risk of developmental problems. With appropriate treatment, most birthing people can experience full recovery!

Screen and Refer:

California legislation requires providers to offer mental health screening to birthing people at least once during or after pregnancy.

ACOG recommends screening during pregnancy and at the postpartum visit. Additional recommendations include screening at the first obstetric visit, at 24-28 weeks gestation, and during the comprehensive postpartum visit.

Validated screening tools and standardized questions have been shown to identify depression 50% better than casual conversation.

See the Sonoma County Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit for more information, assessment tools, and referral resources.

Plan for Prevention

The social and financial costs of undiagnosed and untreated Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are extraordinary, and potentially life-long. The cost is estimated (2018 data) to be $22,500.00 per mother, not including the long-term costs of impaired maternal infant bonding, poor infant growth and childhood emotional and behavioral problems. See the Sonoma County Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit for local and national Preventive Interventions.

Mental Health Toolkit

Perinatal Weight Gain:

California Department of Public Health MCAH Datasheets

Excessive Weight Gain during Pregnancy




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Excessive weight gain is associated with pregnancy related hypertension, gestational diabetes, postpartum weight retention, and caesarean delivery, as well as multiple neonatal outcomes including large-for-gestation-age (a marker of neonatal morbidity) and childhood obesity and overweight.

Prenatal and Perinatal Nutrition Resources have been updated:

USDA MyPlate has been updated for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding to include apps, recipes and individualized eating plans for all stages of life. The site includes client handouts and tip sheets. The Perinatal Food Group Recall has also been updated (and simplified!).

MCAH offers prenatal weight gain grids for pre-pregnancy Underweight, Normal Weight, Overweight, and Obese Weight range, as well as for twin pregnancy Normal, Overweight, and Obese pre-pregnancy weight.

Donor Breast Milk

It's not just for the hospital anymore!

Pasteurized Donor Breast Milk is now covered by Medi-Cal with a provider's order for many medical reasons, Including Low Milk Supply!

Get Donor Milk at Home!

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Become a Breast Milk Donor!

Breast/chestfeeding going well?

Pay it forward- donate milk.

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