Maternity Support Services (MSS)

Maternity Support Services (MSS) are preventive health and education services to help a woman have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Women can receive MSS through the First Steps Program if she is pregnant and receiving Apple Health. MSS is offered in addition to medical and prenatal care.

A pregnant woman can receive MSS during pregnancy and 60 days postpartum. Services can begin any time during the pregnancy, delivery or postpartum period. However, pregnant women are encouraged to enter the program as early as possible during their pregnancy to improve birth outcomes.

Maternity Support Services may include:

  • Pregnancy and parenting information.
  • Screening for possible pregnancy risk factors.
  • Brief solution-based counseling for identified risk factors.
  • Referral to community resources.

Services are provided by a team that includes:

  • Nurses.
  • Nutritionists.
  • Behavioral health specialists.
  • Community health workers (some locations).

Services may be provided in a:

  • Clinic or office.
  • Home setting.
  • Community setting.