Prenatal and Postpartum Care

Effective July 1, 2019, AB 2193 (Maienschein, Chapter 755) requires a licensed midwife, providing prenatal or postpartum care to a patient, to offer screening or ensure the mother is appropriately screened for maternal mental health conditions. A maternal mental health condition, as defined in Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 123640, is an ailment that occurs during pregnancy or during the postpartum period and includes, but is not limited to, postpartum depression.

The law authorizes the Board to take disciplinary action against a midwife for violation of this act, including issuance of a citation and fine.