Island Hospital
First Steps Program
Working to increase access to maternity and infant care for low-income families, the First Steps Program provides Maternity Support Services (MSS) and Infant Case Management (ICM).
First Steps Program
Maternity & Infant Care for Low-Income Families

The goal of the First Steps program is to provide services as early in pregnancy as possible, and then continue to help mother and baby after the birth. Education about pregnancy, childbirth, exercise, diet, baby care, and infant feeding is provided. Parenting education and individual or family counseling is also available. This program is offered in the clinic and at home.

The Center for Maternal & Infant Care brings the knowledge and skills of a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, social worker, case manager and dietician together to meet the unique needs of each mother and baby. Their vision is to educate and empower their clients to actively participate in their maternity care, learn positive parenting skills and most importantly, develop self-reliance.

Professional Staff

The Center for Maternal & Infant Care staff offers a multi-disciplinary approach.  Comprising a group of professionals that put the patient first, our staff displays the care, compassion and sensitivity that lead to the best experience possible for mother and infant.                            
  • Lactation Specialist & Maternity Support Services Provider -
    Effie-Jo Lindstrom RN, IBCLC
  • Dietician - Suzie DuPuis RD

Our Services

  • Education about pregnancy, exercise, diet, baby care and infant feeding
  • Breastfeeding help
  • Counseling for parenting issues
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Smoking cessation information and resources 
  • Dietary counseling plus special help with diabetes
  • At-home mom and baby visits after delivery
  • Case management for personalized help for up to one year following delivery
  • WIC Food Program for low-income families
  • Resource assistance for low-cost baby equipment and clothing
  • Lending library of videos, books and brochures on childbirth education
  Contact Us

Center for Maternal & Infant Care
1213 24th Street, Suite 100
Anacortes, WA 98221

(360) 293-3101

FAX (360) 299-3839

First Steps Hours
Mon, Wed & Thur
8:30 AM - 5 PM

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