Pregnancy and Parenting

Pregnancy and parenting.

Our programs help pregnant women and women with children in Pacific County get the support and services they need to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy child.

Pacific County Public Health and Human Services Department offers a number of programs in the support of families. Included are programs such as Women, Infants & Children, maternity support and case management for pregnant high-risk mothers and more. 

Our staff consists of public health nurses, registered dietician, social worker, and support staff.  In 2011 we added a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor to work with our Pregnant and breastfeeding WIC moms.

 Our Goal is to support and guide families by building on their strengths in order to create a safe, healthy and hopeful future for their children. 

We believe in providing high quality services and are committed to maintaining professionalism through continuing education and program evaluation. 

BREASTFEEDING

We support the belief that breastfeeding is the best option for all infants but also support those moms who either choose to not breastfeed or are not able to for whatever reason. All moms and their families need support as they grow.  We are here to support all mothers and infants to be the healthiest they can be.   

Breastfeeding education and support is available to all Pacific County women enrolled in our WIC Program. Individual education and support is offered during pregnancy and after a baby’s birth to encourage and facilitate successful breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding women enrolled in the WIC (Women Infants and Children nutrition program) may be eligible for more nutritious foods, electric and manual breast pumps, and the loan of hospital-grade electric breast pumps for priority-based medical reasons.

We currently offer services for our breastfeeding and pregnant moms for visits with our peer counselor. Please visit our Peer Counselor page for more information.

WIC

WIC Nutrition Program

WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children up to the age of 5 eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC is the “Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.”

WIC provides:

  • Health screening.
  • Nutrition and health education.
  • Breastfeeding tips and support.
  • Help getting other services and finding resources in our area such as health and dental care.
  • Checks for nutritious foods. These foods provide high levels of protein, iron, calcium and vitamins A and C- promoting health, growth and development
  • Farmers Market and Farm Stand vouchers; additional vouchers which can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at authorized Farmers Markets and Farms Stands in Washington State.

Call the number below or  1-800-322-2588 to find out how to sign up!

Pacific County Public Health and Human Service Department’s Women, Infant and Children (WIC) nutrition program serves 540 clients monthly at three Pacific County locations:

  • South Bend: 1216 W. Robert  Bush Drive (Pacific County Annex), South Bend, WA 98586; 360-875-9343;
  • Long Beach: 7013 Sandridge Road, Long Beach, WA 98631; 360-642-9349;
  • Grayland:   2424 State Route 105, Grayland, WA 98547; 360-367-8343;

    WIC Eligibility

    You are eligible if you meet the following criteria:

    • Live in Washington State.
    • Are pregnant, a new mother, or a child under five years of age.
    • Meet the income guidelines below.

    click on WIC to learn more information

 If you would like more information online please click on the website for Washington State WIC: http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/WIC/

To view the 2010 Pacific County WIC report click on the following weblink:

  www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/wic/materials/reports/2010/pacific10.pdf

Farmers Market and Stands information:

Farmers Market and Stands vouchers are available for qualifying WIC clients from July through September of each year. For more information please click the following website.

http://nutrition.wsu.edu/markets/index.html

Farmers Market Nutrition Program Contacts

Click on appropriate link:   WIC FMNP Local Agencies and State Contacts

Find out more:
Find out more at: Washington State WIC Program or call (800) 322-2588. WIC is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and operated by the Washington State Department of Health. WIC is an equal opportunity program.

Call the number below or  1-800-322-2588 to find out how to sign up!

Follow the links for information on the following topics:

FIRST STEPS PROGRAM
WIC
Parenting