First Steps for new parents

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. The Snohomish Health District’s First Steps program focuses on supporting low-income women and your baby’s first year at no cost to you. You are eligible for help if you are receiving Medicaid.

Nurses, social workers, and dietitians help moms like you make positive healthcare decisions about:

  • Family planning
  • Growth and development of your infant
  • How to prepare for a new baby and what to expect as a new parent
  • Where to find help in the community
  • Where to go for prenatal care


First Steps services are offered and provided at our Everett and Lynnwood WIC/First Steps clinics.

First Steps benefits for moms & babies

Resources offered by the Snohomish Health District help support short- and long-term benefits for mothers and children:

  • Better access to pediatric health care
  • Fewer premature and low birth weight babies
  • Healthier diets for both you and your child
  • Higher immunization rates
  • Normal childhood growth
  • Prenatal care earlier in pregnancy

Pregnant women & teens

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Let the Snohomish Health District help you find the resources you need for a healthy pregnancy, including:

  • Dental health services
  • Immunizations
  • Medical services
  • Nutritional education and breastfeeding support
  • STD testing and hepatitis B immunizations for infants and sex partners of hepatitis B-positive women
  • Substance abuse resources
  • Teen pregnancy counseling
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)