Prenatal and Postpartum Care

Effective July 1, 2019, AB 2193 (Maienschein, Chapter 755) requires a physician and surgeon, 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. A physician and surgeon does not need to offer screening to a patient when providing emergency services or care, as defined in HSC section 1317.1.

The law authorized the Board to take disciplinary action against a physician and surgeon for violation of the act, including issuance of a citation and fine.