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First Steps

Welcome to First Steps Maternity Support Services (First Steps). The program is designed to help meet the medical and social service needs of pregnant women. Registered nurses, registered dietitians, behavioral health specialists, community health workers, and infant case managers teach and support women throughout their pregnancy. Depending on the circumstance, services may last until the baby’s first birthday.

All pregnant women covered under Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) are eligible for services. Women who have no medical coverage or partial medical coverage may also be eligible for First Steps.

Program Details

Through our First Steps program, you can receive the following services:

  • Pregnancy testing
  • Assistance in obtaining early and regular medical care
  • Assistance in applying for Medicaid services
  • Information and education about pregnancy, labor and delivery
  • Diet and nutrition counseling
  • Information and education about baby care and parenting skills
  • Assistance in accessing dental and vision care
  • Car seat safety
  • Family Planning services
  • Assistance in obtaining paternity information
  • Assistance with housing and transportation
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Breastfeeding support

Staff was very helpful and respectful."
-Susan F.

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