California Healthline: Aid for Pregnant Women Pushes Through Committee

March 21, 2012

"This bill allows first-time mothers, basically, to become eligible for benefits during their pregnancy," Mitchell said. "Current law delays eligibility for pregnant women until their third trimester." That means women need to get an ultrasound scan to prove their gestational timetable, Mitchell said, and that could be a hardship for many low-income women. It is also important, she said, to make sure that pregnant mothers get the nutrition and support necessary to ensure a normal, healthy baby.