Postpartum and newborn resources

Find information about postpartum and newborn care for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid).

Postpartum care

Postpartum mental health

Becoming a parent can be a difficult transition for any person and their family. After giving birth, about 1 in 5 birthing people experience postpartum anxiety and/or depression symptoms. Contact your care provider if you think you are experiencing postpartum anxiety or depression.


Breastfeeding provides health benefits for you and your baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first year of a child’s life. Your prenatal care provider may offer breastfeeding education and support or should be able to refer you to other resources as needed.

Breastfeeding resources

Comprehensive coverage for 12 months following end of pregnancy, including birth control

Apple Health covers 12 months of comprehensive services after end of pregnancy, including coverage for all FDA-approved birth control methods. Compare birth control methods to find the right one for you.

Paid parental leave

Washington residents who are employed may be eligible for 12 weeks of paid parental leave after the birth of their newborn.

Visit Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave for more information.

Newborn resources

Newborn supplies

Find newborn supplies and car seats.

Safe sleep

Safe sleep practices can protect your newborn from sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Learn more about safe sleep.

Apple Health for Kids

Your newborn will automatically be eligible for Apple Health coverage and have continuous coverage from birth through the month they turn six years of age if you were enrolled in Apple Health at the time you gave birth.

Learn more about Apple Health for Kids.

First Steps enhanced services

Visit the First Steps enhanced services page to learn more about Maternity Support Services and Infant Case Management.