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FIRST STEPS: Maternity Support Services (MSS): Healthy mom, healthy baby

Preparing to be a mom can be a bit overwhelming: Am I eating right? How will I get to my doctor appointments? Will I bond with my baby? So many questions!

First Steps is a program that helps moms-to-be access the vital services they need to be healthy—and to have a healthy baby. Local agencies—Kitsap Public Health District and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)—team to provide these at no cost to you.


  • Medical Coverage;
  • Childbirth classes during pregnancy;
  • Doctor visits, including transportation;
  • Education before and after your baby arrives;
  • Support with breastfeeding and other issues;
  • Nutrition support and education;
  • Family planning for one year after your baby’s birth;
  • Home visits at your convenience with a public health nurse, pregnancy counselor, or community health worker.


We can help with any of these steps. Call us at 360-728-2235.

  • Get a positive pregnancy test. (Your doctor also can provide this.)
  • Schedule a visit with a public health nurse.
  • Get health insurance.
  • Get assistance for cash or food stamps.


To qualify for First Steps, your income must fall within a certain range. You may qualify even if you already have health insurance. Call us at 360-728-2235.


To learn more about our First Steps program, call us at 360-728-2235.

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