First Steps

What is First Steps?
First Steps is a program designed to help mothers have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Who is First Steps for?
All pregnant women covered with a Medical ID Card (MAID) qualify for First Steps. If you have no medical coverage you are urged to apply for services.

If you are a teenager living with your family, you may apply for coverage. Your eligibility will be determined by your personal income. If you are not a documented U.S. resident, you may also receive First Steps coverage.

What does First Steps offer?

  • Personalized visits throughout your pregnancy and for the first two months after your baby is born with a team of professionals who care about you and your baby
  • Visits with a public health nurse who will help you to know what to expect with your pregnancy, and childbirth, and how to care for your newborn
  • Help in finding medical care and other services you may need
  • Counseling to help you eat healthy while you are pregnant and  help to make decisions about how you plan to feed your newborn
  • Information about  birth control after your baby is born
  • Visits with our Behavioral Health Specialist who can provide one-on-one support and answer any questions or concerns you may have about issues you are dealing with.
  • Help getting drug/alcohol counseling or other social support you may need
  • WIC food vouchers at the time of each visit
  • Welcome Home Baby Basket

For more information on First Steps call (360) 875-9343 or (360) 642-9349 or click here to view the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services First Steps web page.