By Vandita Rajesh
If you are an expecting mother and planning to deliver your baby in Tamil Nadu it is critical that you do PICME (Pregnancy and Infant Cohort Monitoring and Evaluation) registration.
This program is to monitor your health, provide ante-natal care, and track the development of your baby.
When you register into the PICME program you are given a 12 digit RCH ID (Reproductive and Child Health ID).
The RCH ID will help to keep a track of your pregnancy and maintain your medical records.
It is mandatory that you have an RCH ID in order to get a Birth Certificate.
You can click on this link to pre-register https://picme.tn.gov.in/picme_public/ or call the helpline 102. The application is also available at the village Common Service Centers.
Notes on the Pre-Registration
Below is the pre-registration page.
Both the left and right columns are essentially the same.
Left side column is in English for mothers who prefer English.
- Right side column is in Tamil for mothers who prefer Tamil.
When you fill the pre-registration form, please enter the current residential address and not that of your home town (for regular visits by nurse it is important to select the address you are currently living).
Select your District from the drop down menu.
The Administrative Unit is basically the Block you are residing. From the drop down select the zone. For example, if you live in Perungudi, then select "zone xiv-perungudi".
Select the Village from the drop down menu. It will show all the streets/villages in that area.
As soon as your select the Village, the name of the Primary Health Center, the name of the Sub-center, the name of the health nurse, and her phone number will be displayed.
Choose the Preferred Time and Day for the health nurse to visit you.
Kindly call and confirm your appointment with the health nurse assigned to you after pre-registration.
Please provide the correct email address and phone number.
Click Generate OTP and enter the OTP received. Enter the Captcha.
Click Save and you will see an acknowledgement as shown below with a Pre-registration ID.
- The ID number is important. Please print it/save it and note down the number as it is required for future reference. If you pre-registered at the time of delivery then this number will be used by the hospital to register the baby's birth.
- When the health nurse visits you please give the Pre-registration ID number to her.
- After the nurse visits you the 12 digit RCH number will be generated and sent to your mobile. You can also collect it later from the assigned nurse, the local hospital, urban public health centers, or from the Anganwadi workers.
- You can check your registration status at https://picme.tn.gov.in
- The health nurse will give you a green health card.
- When you go to the hospital for delivery present the green health card. The birth information will be forwarded to the municipal office to process the birth certificate.
- The RCH ID can be used anywhere in Tamil Nadu. If you plan to deliver in a different city kindly inform the PHC to ensure uninterrupted progress in your antenatal care and delivery.
Documents required for health nurse appointment.
Kindly keep original and photocopies of the following documents:
- Aadhar card
- Residential proof for your address if different from the address your registered (can use Spouse’s Aadhar card)
- Marriage certificate
- Scan reports and prescriptions by your doctor
- Two stamp size photographs
- Bank passbook with front page and last 3 months’ transaction
For more information please check the link
For more assistance please email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR Call 102.
The author is a public health professional with expertise in child development, epidemiology, and behavioral science.