By law, breastfeeding employees need a private space (other than a bathroom) to nurse, pump or express milk. This space should have a chair, table and electrical outlet along with a place nearby to wash hands. A door hanger or sign identifying that the space is in use is helpful. Some organizations provide separate refrigerators and/or breastfeeding support materials, including Kitsap Supports Breastfeeding materials.
The Breastfeeding Welcome Here project gives recognition to organizations who demonstrate support of individuals breastfeeding at their facility. These organizations have a policy or procedure in place to support breastfeeding individuals as they return to work and clients/customers who may want to breastfeed while in the organization. A simple window cling with a universal breastfeeding symbol can identify your organization as a place where breastfeeding is welcome and supported.
We are here to help! Health district staff can provide an assessment of your space and technical assistance. We will then provide you with Breastfeeding Welcome Here window cling to inform your clients/customers that they are entering a welcoming place to breastfeed! Please click the "Contact Us" tab to request an assessment and a Breastfeeding Welcome Here window cling.
For organizations which provide a private space for not only their employees, but clients and visitors as well, a golden star is available to go along with your window cling.
The blue and white Breastfeeding Welcome Here window cling (shown to the left above) lets clients know your organization is breastfeeding friendly.
If you have a separate room or private area set up at your organization for breastfeeding/pumping by clients and customers, please let us know and we will provide you a gold star to attach onto your window cling. Ensure your business has a procedure known by staff to give guidance to individuals requesting a space to nurse or pump.
Here is the Breastfeeding Friendly Organization Checklist. You may download it, fill it out, and send it back. Then you will have a sport on this website as a Breastfeeding Friendly Organization when you meet GOLD STAR status!
KITSAP PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT'S BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY GOLD STAR ORGANIZATIONS:
TRUE NORTH BIRTH CENTER: Where your beliefs, values, and principals are honored through individualized care during pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Family centered, intimate and beautiful, True North Birth Center provides the finest midwifery care throughout pregnancy, birth, and beyond.
Experience personalized, family centered care in a gorgeous central location. True North Birth Center is your home away from home. We offer the perfect blend of modern healthcare, luxury surroundings and the gentle art of midwifery. The exciting journey to becoming a family is just the beginning.
Families planning to have their baby with True North Birth Center will be cared for by the Fly True Midwifery Midwives: Ashley Jones LM, CPM, MSM, Melanie Brindle, LM CPM, Holly Campbell, LM CPM MSM, and Amy Seidewand, LM CPM MSM. They enjoy excellent working relationships with local family medicine physicians and obstetricians, laborist physicians and nursing staff providing 24/7 hospital back up at Harrison Medical Center, Silverdale, Jefferson Healthcare Hospital in Port Townsend, as well as University of Washington Maternal Fetal Medicine physicians, and expert perinatal medicine teams in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, and Bellevue. True North Birth Center prides itself on an approach which blends the very hands-on, high touch, low-tech wisdom of midwifery with ready access to specialist medical assistance when necessary.
True North Birthing Center
20696 Bond Road NE
Bldg C Suite 110
Poulsbo, WA 98370
M, W, Th, F: 10am-7pm
Satellite Clinic Address
Fly True Midwifery
700 Prospect Street
Port Orchard, WA 98366
W, Th: 10am-7pm
Peninsula Community Health Services was founded in 1987 as a community clinic in downtown Bremerton and became a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in 1995. PCHS includes primary medical, dental, behavioral health counseling, substance use treatment, pharmacy services, and health education and promotion activities for all stages of life. Services are provided to all patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. PCHS patients may qualify for a sliding fee discount based on their household income and family size. PCHS delivers a comprehensive and integrated approach to health care services and has many sites accredited as a Patient-Centered Medical and Dental Home by the Accreditation for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
Our Mission: The PCHS mission is to provide accessible, affordable, quality health and wellness services for our communities. Our patients come from all walks of life. PCHS services are available to our patients without regard for ability to pay.
Our Vision: PCHS strives to eliminate healthcare disparities in our community. We have medical and dental clinics located throughout Kitsap and Mason Counties and a dedicated team working together to create a care plan that’s right for you. We also bring that care directly to our patients who can’t easily make it into our traditional clinics through our mobile clinics, school-based health centers, and by partnering with our community service agencies to deliver care on their premises.
Our Guiding Principle: Here at PCHS, our guiding principle is to see and value every person. We believe all patients have the right to be treated with respect and dignity with an acknowledgment that this includes their cultural, social, spiritual, and personal values and beliefs.
Our Core Values: Every member of PCHS stands by our Core Values: Patient-Driven, Respectful and Empathetic.
Toll Free: 833.808.PCHS
We have multiple locations across Kitsap, including stationary and mobile clinics, too. Use the link above to locate the one closest to you!
Kitsap Community Resources was established in 1965 as Kitsap Community Action Program (KCAP). It was authorized through passage of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, in conjunction with President Lyndon Johnson’s “War On Poverty” legislation.
As a result of Johnson’s directive to end poverty, community action agencies were formed and charged with the task of ending poverty through strategies designed by local communities.
KCR was born of this bold, creative movement where for the first time in history a nation seriously attempted to end poverty. Our mission, vision and core values form the foundation of the work KCR does to impact poverty in Kitsap County.
To learn more about KCR and those we serve, please click here to watch our video, “Hope and Opportunity.”
Services offered: Administrative, Women, Infants, & Children (WIC), Employment & Training, AmeriCorps, Food Services, BE$T
845 8th Street
Bremerton, WA 98337
Services offered: Employment & Training, Housing, Energy Assistance, WIC, and Veteran’s Services
3200 SE Rainshadow Court
Port Orchard 98366
(360) 473-2144 x1
Services offered: Early Learning & Family Services, Housing, Energy Assistance, Weatherization, Veteran Services
1201 Park Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337
3513 NW Anderson Hill Road
Silverdale, WA 98383
WIC: (360) 692-6530
Early Head Start Home Base: (360) 525-6106
The Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) is a nutrition program that helps families get nutritious foods and info on eating better. WIC is available to pregnant women, new and breastfeeding moms, infants, and children to their 5th birthday.
Call one of the offices below if you would like:
845 8th Street
South Kitsap Family Service Center
3200 SE Rainshadow Ct.
3513 NW Anderson Hill Rd (Martha & Mary Child Center)
For information on the WIC Poulsbo office, please call (360) 692-6530.
WSU Kitsap Extension has been serving the citizens of Kitsap County since 1917.
As the front door to the University, Extension programs build the capacity of individuals, organizations, businesses and communities and empower them to find solutions for local issues and to improve their quality of life.
WSU Extension engages people, organizations and communities to advance knowledge, economic well-being and quality of life by fostering inquiry, learning and the applications of research.
In addition, Washington State University provides over 2,200 publications, numerous online educational opportunities, and other statewide educational programs and technical assistance from four Research and Extension Centers, 15 Academic Departments and six of WSU’s Academic Colleges.
Kitsap County Extension
345 Sixth Street, Ste. 550
Monday – Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
St. Michael Medical Center proudly builds on the rich legacy of care that began with the Harrison family more than 100 years ago. The premier medical center in Silverdale puts patients and families first, offering everything you need for your best health and wellness—without a trip across the water. As part of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health's system of 10 hospitals and 230 specialty clinics, St. Michael Medical Center will welcome, heal and care for our Kitsap and Olympic Peninsula communities for generations to come.
We have a deep commitment to support healthy living on the Peninsula, attracting high-quality primary care doctors and top-ranked specialists. We support our care team and community with leading-edge technology and care environments that enhance healing of body, mind and spirit. Our campus services conveniently include:
1800 Northwest Myhre Road
Silverdale, WA 98383
Northwest WA Family Medicine Residency Clinic
4207 Kitsap Way, Bremerton WA 98312
Perhaps you’ve never thought about how your local health district benefits you. Know that every minute of every day, the team at the Kitsap Public Health District are on the job to keep you, your family, and everyone in our Kitsap community safe and healthy.
Eating out? We inspect our community’s restaurants and food retailers to ensure they’re meeting food safety standards.
Going to the beach? We’ve tested the water to ensure bacteria levels are safe for swimming—or that the shellfish are safe to eat.
Worried about getting sick or injured from hazards in the environment? We partner with Federal, State and local agencies to ensure that sewage, garbage or chemicals don’t pose a health risk to you through contact with water, air or ground.
Communicable diseases? We are your immunization experts. When communicable diseases occur, we identify them, isolate them and work with our local health care providers to stop them from spreading.
Birth and death certificates? That’s us.
Need medical care? We provide a limited number of services to individuals, while working with our community’s medical providers to improve access to care for everyone.
Norm Dicks Government Center
345 6th Street
Bremerton, WA 98337-1866
Our phone lines are open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm