Pregnancy and Infant Cohort Monitoring and Evaluation, popularly called as PICME, is a milestone initiative by the government of Tamil Nadu. The aim of this initiative is to ensure that all pregnant women in Tamil Nadu receive due medical care and any problem affecting the development of the baby is screened and treated in advance. A birth certificate is issued only on the production of your PICME/RCH (Reproductive Child Health) ID. The simple logic is to track the journey of a baby from pregnancy to a healthy newborn. As with any new mother, this was a completely new experience for me. I would love to share with those who are in need.
Visit https://picme.tn.gov.in/. Go to Pre-Registration by Public.
You will be directed to a page called Pre-Registration of Pregnancy. Fill up all the details required.
Please be careful in selecting the administrative unit. This is an important step as you will be required to visit the nearest Primary Health Centre for submitting certain details to obtain PICME/RCH ID. It is very important to note that the residential details to be filled in here is purely your husband’s residence and not your home town. I have been misguided by so many. But the government helpdesk came to my rescue. They clearly explained that the basis of allocation of PICME/RCH id is the residential address of the applicant’s husband.
For a big district like Chennai, a large number of administrative units will be there. Please get the help of any senior person in your family to fill the same. In my case, no one was sure about the administrative unit I had to select. So I wrote a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting clarification. Though the response was late, they clarified everything in detail.
Once you submit all the necessary details, you will be given an acknowledgement with a mobile number of a PHC servant/nurse. Kindly call the number and fix up an appointment. They usually ask you to come on a specific day where certain camps are happening in the Primary Health Centre. Ensure that you adhere to their requirements.
Take original and photocopies of the following documents on the day of your visit to PHC:
- Aadhar card
- If you don’t have a residential proof stating your husband’s address, take his Aadhar card, too.
- Marriage certificate
- Scan reports
- Prescriptions by your gynaecologist
- Two stamp size photographs
- Bank passbook with front page and last 3 months’ transaction
The nurse will record all the details and provide you with a green health card.
You’ll get your PICME/RCH ID on your mobile number in a week’s time. If you do not get it, kindly remind the nurse about this.
Please note down the PICME/RCH ID once you receive the green health card, so that you don’t lose it if the text messages get deleted.
Provide the green health card to the hospital at the time of delivery.
The hospital will forward the details about the baby’s birth to the concerned municipal office. You’ll get a call from the municipal office once your baby’s birth certificate is ready for issue. You may be required to visit the office personally and provide the name to be included in the birth certificate.
PICME/RCH ID can be used anywhere in Tamil Nadu. You can obtain your ID in Chennai and use it during delivery in Madurai.
This article is purely written from my experience. If you’ve had a different experience, please write them in the comments.
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