Maternity Support Services
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. Preventive prenatal care begins as soon as the woman is aware she is pregnant and runs two months post-partum. Newborns receive one year of full medical coverage.
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
Free group classes are held three times a year, covering pregnancy education, nutrition, breastfeeding, bonding & attachment, baby care & safety, as well as other topics.
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Eat, Sleep, Console Program
The Spokane Region Health District has partnered with hospitals in Spokane to offer a family-centered program for people who have used opioids or other drugs during pregnancy. This program focuses on the natural support parents can provide such as skin-to-skin contact or breastfeeding. Newborns in the program will often have a shorter stay at the hospital, use less medication, and require a reduced amount of care from hospital staff.