Albany -- Health experts say a support program for Dougherty County first time mothers is helping fight child abuse.
Phoebe Putney Hospital is getting a $10,000 grant to continue its First Steps program. It provides mentors to first time moms who could use advice and support in the first three months with baby.
First Steps Coordinator Tina Phelps said "Just having someone to talk to. Sometimes we can tell them to just walk away. Put the baby in a safe place, walk away. Get someone to help them. I think that cools them if that situation occurs."
36 volunteers are currently working with more than 600 Dougherty County families a year through First Steps.
This will be the 18th year the program has been administered through Phoebe Putney Hospital.